Program

11 08 - 19:00

Concert "NAMES OF THE FUTURE"

locationVilnius Town Hall

The 10th M.K. Čiurlionis International Music Festival presents the brightest young talents of Lithuania, Ukraine and Armenia. Winners of many international competitions will take the stage, performing not only in Lithuanian but also in foreign concert halls.

 

 

P E R F O R M E R S:
Davit Avetysian (alto saxophone, Armenia),
Emilė Brazytė (soprano saxophone, Lithuania),
Pijus Česaitis (violin, Lithuania),
Raigardas Daraganas (piano, Lithuania),
Rugilė Juknevičiūtė (cello, Lithuania),
Emilis Šarinskas (piano, Lithuania),
Giedra-Julija Tutkutė (harp, Lithuania)

P R O G R A M:
Marvelous pieces of the world's music treasury will be played by piano, violin, cello, harp and saxophone.

Entrance is free.
 

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11 10 - 19:00

Opening concert of the Festival in Vilnius: ROGER MURARO

locationLithuanian National Philharmonic

M. K. Čiurlionis International Music Festival presents the legendary French pianist Roger Muraro. Lithuanian audiences have already been impressed by his performances more than once. R. Muraro can be confidently named as one of the best performers of music by French composers in the world. A laureate of international P. Tchaikovsky and F. Liszt competitions, R. Muraro is characterized by a phenomenal performance technique that always serves the poetic and spiritual revelation of musical images. The performer is welcome in the world's most famous concert halls and constantly works with today's most talented conductors and orchestras.
When French composer Olivier Messiaen heard his cycle "Twenty Glimpses of the Baby Jesus" performed by Muraro in 1988, the composer told him: "Thank you, Roger, for the beautiful, perfect performance of this very complex work! I admire your wonderful technique, artistry, sound quality, emotionality and especially religiosity!". R. Muraro is the first pianist in the world to perform the piece "Fauvettes de l'Hérault" by O. Messiaen, whose sketch the performer himself found in Paris, in the archives of the National Library. The premiere of the work took place in 2017, and the first record saw the light of day in 2018.
Roger Muraro was born in 1959, in Lyon, in a Venetian family. In his hometown, the musician began to learn to play the saxophone, and later the piano. At the age of nineteen, the pianist entered the Paris Conservatory, prof. Yvonne Loriod's class, where he met one of the most significant artists of the 20th century - O. Messiaen. R. Muraro quickly established himself as one of the most subtle performers interpreting the composer's work, and in 2001 released an album dedicated to the composer's work, which won unanimous recognition from critics.
Having previously performed the works of O. Messiaen and other French composers in Lithuania, this time R. Muraro will perform the works of M. K. Čiurlionis specially prepared for the festival, as well as pieces by R. Schumann, M. Ravel and M. de Falla.

P E R F O R M E R:
Roger Muraro (piano, France)

P R O G R A M:

Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911)
Prelude in A minor VL 241
Musical moment in A major VL 246
Impromptu in F minor VL 181

Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Romance in F major no. 2
Dances of the Davidsbiundlers, op. 6

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Cycle "Reflections" ("Miroirs"):
"Night butterflies" ("Noctuelles")
"Sad Birds" ("Oiseaux tristes") 
"A boat" ("Une barque sur l'océa")
"Alborada del Gracioso"
"Valley of bells" ("La vallée des cloches")

Manuel de Falla (1876-1946)
Fantasia Baetica

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11 11 - 19:00

FOREST ELEGY: Guoda Gedvilaitė, Motiejus Bazaras, Mykolas Bazaras, Benediktas Bazaras

locationConcert hall "ORGANUM"

M. K. Čiurlionis International Music Festival presents a special interdisciplinary project of pianist Guoda Gedvilaitė and the Bazarai Trio from Kaunas, combining the genres of classical and jazz music.

In this concert, the symphonic works will not be performed by the symphony orchestra, but by the famous Lithuanian pianists Guoda Gedvilaitė and Motiejus Bazaras, as well as the Bazarai Trio, well-known and loved by everyone in Lithuania. Mykolas, Benediktas and Motiejus constantly surprise the audience with their multi-instrumentalist abilities and imagination.

At the concert, the artists will share their new ideas, arranging symphonic music for piano, percussion and electronic instruments and the ability to play music in different genres of music - classical or jazz.

In the first part of the concert, two pieces will be played: M. K. Čiurlionis' symphonic poem "In the Forest", reminiscent of the forests of Druskininkai, and Ottorino Respighi's symphonic poem "Pine Groves of Rome", which tells about impressive Italian pines standing in different parts of Rome.
In the second part of the concert, four experimental artists will present to the audience the four-part piece “The Four Seasons" by the famous Italian composer Antonio Vivaldi, which was arranged for a moody jazz quartet by jazz pianist Giunter Noris.

P E R F O R M E R S:
Guoda Gedvilaitė – piano, harpsichord
Motiejus Bazars – piano
Mykolas Bazaras – bass, keyboards
Benediktas Bazaras – percussion, electronics

P R O G R A M:
M. K. Čiurlionis – Symphonic poem "In the Forest"
O. Respighi – "Pine Groves of Rome"
A. Vivaldi – Cycle "The Four Seasons"

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11 12 - 19:00

Orchestra and Soloists of National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art

locationPalace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

During the anniversary concert of the 10th M. K. Čiurlionis International Music Festival in Vilnius, at the Palace of Grand Dukes of Lithuania we will hear the orchestra of the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts, conducted by Martynas Staškus and the young soloists Marija Normantaitė and Ugnė Lamsaitytė.

The symphony orchestra of the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts was founded in 2002. This is the continuation of the activities of the famous string orchestra, which won the prestigious H. von Karajan Competition in 1976. The string orchestra was founded and led for many years by prof. S. Sondeckis. Since the foundation of the symphony orchestra, it has been led by the conductor of the National Opera and Ballet Theater, Martynas Staškus. The programs prepared by the orchestra was already performed at National Philharmonic Hall in Vilnius. The tour routes reached not only the listeners of Kaunas, Šiauliai, Klaipėda, Palanga, Plungė, Panevėžys, Visaginas, but also foreign countries.

Young musicians have prepared a varied and cheerful program for the festival audience.

P  E R F O R M E R S:
Orchestra of the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Arts,
Conductor Martynas Staškus,
Marija Normantaitė (piano),
Ugnė Lamsaitytė (piano)

P R O G R A M:
M. K. Čiurlionis – Symphonic poem "In the Forest"
F. Chopin – Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
A. Dvořák – Slavic dances No. 4, Op. 72; no. 2, Op. 46

 

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11 13 - 19:00

Vocal stars – Liudas Mikalauskas (bass) and Vilija Kuprevičienė (soprano)

locationPalace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

A charming evening of vocal music, where the most beautiful arias, duets, and songs from operas and operettas will be performed by the stars of Lithuanian opera - the prize winner of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theater, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, one of the most famous basses of the young generation of Lithuania, who has won for his exceptional voice timbre and artistry the great love of the audience - Liudas Mikalauskas and soprano Vilijas Kuprevičienė, after whose performance in Germany the press wrote: "New star from Lithuania Vilija Kuprevičienė caused a storm in the Leipzig Gewandhaus with her unique voice".
The prominent concert pianist Aleksandra Žvirblytė will assist the musicians.

P E R F O R M E R S:
Liudas Mikalauskas (bass)
Vilija Kuprevičienė (soprano)
Aleksandra Žvirblytė (piano)

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11 16 - 19:00

Concert "REICH. GERSHWIN. USA”

locationPalace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

The M.K. Čiurlionis International Music Festival presents a concert dedicated to the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Lithuania and the United States - "Reich. Gershwin. USA". This is a special program of contemporary music, which consists of works by American composers rarely performed in Lithuania for two pianos, two percussionists and a quartet of all these performers. The program will be performed by musicians already loved by the Lithuanian public - percussion duo Guntars Freibergs (Latvia) and Pavelas Giunteris (Lithuania), pianist Paulius Andersson (Lithuania-Denmark) and pianist Leonardo Colafelice (Italy), who is visiting Lithuania for the first time.

P E R F O R M E R S:
Leonardo Colafelice (piano, Italy)
Paulius Andersson (piano, Lithuania–Denmark)
Guntars Freibergs (percussion, Latvia)
Pavelas Giunteris (percussion, Lithuania)

P R O G R A M:
George Gershwin – "Cuban Overture"
Steve Reich – "Marimba Phase", "Nagoya Marimbas", "Quartet"

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11 17 - 19:00

AND THAT ROAD IS LIKE A DREAM: NIKO, Petras Vyšniauskas, Aleksandra Žvirblytė, choir "PRO MUSICA"

locationPalace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania

Celebrating its 10th anniversary M. K. Čiurlionis International Music Festival presents a special concert. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the festival, the acclaimed Lithuanian composer of the young generation Gediminas Gelgotas (born in 1986) will present a concert program specially created for the festival, "AND THAT ROAD IS LIKE A DREAM", in which his original work will be combined with interpretations and improvisations of the musical legacy of M.K. Čiurlionis.

The one-hour long composition will be performed by the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra NIKO - a string instrument group that constantly makes a name for itself abroad in Lithuania, known for its attractive and original performances, performing progressive classical music by heart, integrating the highest level of mastery of string instruments and minimalist visual stage effects into its performances. NIKO will be joined on stage by other recognized performers - the laureate of the National Prize, saxophonist Petras Vyšniauskas, pianist, professor Aleksandra Žvirblytė and the choir "Pro Musica".

P E R F O R M E R S:
NIKO (New Ideas Chamber Orchestra), artistic director - GEDIMINAS GELGOTAS (Lithuania)
PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS (saxophone, Lithuania)
ALEKSANDRA ŽVIRBLYTĖ (piano, Lithuania)
Choir "PRO MUSICA", artistic director - RASA GELGOTIENĖ (Lithuania)

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11 19 - 19:00

Concert CLASS/JAZZ: Trio INTER – Fernando Raña, Luis Caballero, Rasa Jakutytė

locationVilnius Town Hall

The M. K. Čiurlionis International Music Festival presents the chamber ensemble TRIO INTER.
Three artists representing three countries: Fernando Raña (flute, Spain), Rasa Jakutytė (piano, Lithuania-Spain) and Luis Caballero (cello, Cuba) present the musical project CLASS/JAZZ. Bright, fresh and original classical and jazz music from various cultures of the world rarely heard in Lithuania, as well as the premiere of a work by the Spanish composer Julio Dominguez created especially for the festival, inspired by the author's communication with the renowned  Lithuanian composer Julius Andrejevas.

P E R F O R M E R S – TRIO INTER:
Fernando Raña (flute, Spain)
Rasa Jakutytė (piano, Lithuania–Spain)
Luis Caballero (cello, Cuba)

P R O G R A M:
ELIGIO VILA – Trio for flute, piano and cello,
JULIO DOMÍNGUEZ – Musical Reflections on the Themes of Four Archaic Galician Folk Songs (Premiere!)
CARLOS CANO ESCRIBÁ – Piece for flute, cello and piano (Premiere! The piece was written especially for the M.K. Čiurlionis Music Festival.)
PAQUITE D'RIVERA – Tracks (Jazz, Latin)
ASTOR PIAZZOLLA – "Nightclub 1960" from the series "The Story of Tango"
ASTOR PIAZZOLLA – "Winter" from “Seasons"

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11 22 - 19:00

Concert "20th century greats: M. K. Čiurlionis and O. Messiaen”

locationVilnius Town Hall

2022 - the year of commemorating the 30th anniversary of the death of French composer Olivier Messiaen. On this occasion, M. K. Čiurlionis International Music Festival presents a concert program that will feature 20th century music, created by composers - Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis and Olivier Messiaen.
Next to M. K. Čiurlionis Variations for piano on the theme "Sefa Esec" and preludes for piano, arranged for piano and cello, the audience will hear probably the most famous piece by O. Messiaen - the "Quartet for the End of Time" ("Quatuor pour la fin du temps"). It is called one of the most important classical music opuses of the 20th century. The quartet was written under truly exceptional circumstances - while O. Messiaen was imprisoned in the Stalag VIII-A concentration camp in Görlitz, Germany, the composer met several musicians in captivity - the violinist Jean Le Boulaire, the clarinetist Henri Akoka and the cellist Etienne Pasquier - and with the help of a sympathetic German officer who supplied him with paper and pen, he created a work inspired by religious themes and eternal themes of life, which was performed for the first time for an audience of prisoners. The quartet consists of eight parts.
The program will be performed by internationally acclaimed Lithuanian pianist Paulius Andersson (Lithuania – Denmark), clarinetist Rimvydas Savickas (Lithuania), violinist Julija Ivanovaitė (Lithuania) and one of the most outstanding cellists of today, Sam Lucas (Australia – Germany), who made his debut at the BBC Proms.
 

P E R F O R M E R S:
SAM LUCAS (cello, Australia-Germany)
PAULIUS ANDERSSON (piano, Lithuania–Denmark)
JULIJA IVANOVAITĖ (violin, Lithuania)
RIMVYDAS SAVICKAS (clarinet, Lithuania)

P R O G R A M:
Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875-1911)
"Mirage" VL 175
Variations for piano on the theme of "Sefa Esec".
Preludes for piano (arr. for piano and cello)
Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
"Quartet for the end of time" / "Quatuor pour la fin du temps"
1. "Crystal liturgy" / "Liturgie de cristal"
2. "Vocalise for the Angel announcing the end of time" / "Vocalise, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du temps"
3. "Abyss of Birds" / "Abîme des Oiseaux"
4. Intermedia / Intermède
5. "Glory to the eternity of Jesus" / "Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus"
6. "Dance of fury for the seven trumpets" / "Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes"
7. "Fouillis d'arcs-en-ciel, pour l'Ange qui annonce la fin du temps"
8. "Glory to the Immortality of Jesus" / "Louange à l'Immortalité de Jésus”

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11 23 - 19:00

CLOSING CONCERT OF THE FESTIVAL: Piano Grand KEVIN KENNER (USA)

locationLithuanian National Philharmonic

KEVIN KENNER, the pianist who charmed the Vilnius’ audience with his interpretations, is coming back to Lithuania!

“One of the greatest American pianists of all time.” (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune)

"The best performance of all four Chopin ballades ever heard in a concert hall." (Adrian Jack, The Independent)

"Grace, subtle variety and strength combined with a masterful understanding of structure and proportion. This is mature music at its best!” (The Financial Times)

Winner of such prestigious competitions as F. Chopin, P. Tchaikovsky, Van Cliburn and Gina Bachauer, pianist Kevin Kenner performs as a soloist with the highest level orchestras - BBC Symphony Orchestra, German Symphony Orchestra in Berlin, Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgian National orchestra, NHK Japan Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, and collaborates with famous conductors - Sir Charles Groves, Andrew Davis, Hans Vonk, Jiří Bělohlávek, Jahja Ling, Jacek Kaspszyk, Stanisław Skrowaczewski, Antoni Wit, Jerzy Maksymiuk and others. In the program of the M. K. Čiurlionis International Music Festival, K. Kenner will perform virtuoso works of the most outstanding Romantic pianists - Ferenc Liszt's "Years of Wanderings" and Frederic Chopin's Sonata No. 2. Taking into account the difficult current political situation and wanting to pay tribute to the Ukrainian culture, K. Kenner included the piano miniatures of the famous Ukrainian composer Boris Liatoshinsky in the program.

More information about the artist - www.kevinkenner.com

P R O G R A M:

Ferenc Liszt (1811–1886)
"Years of Wanderings: Switzerland" (Années de pèlerinage: Suisse):
"Chapelle de Guillaume Tell"
"Au lac de Wallenstadt"
"Pastoral" / "Pastoral"
"At the source" / "Au bord d'une source"
"Storm" / "Orage"
"Vallée d'Obermann" / "Vallée d'Obermann"
"Eglogue" / "Eglogue"
"Homesick" / "Le mal du pays" (Version 1 - "Album d'un voyageur")
"The Bells of Geneva" / "Les cloches de Genève" (Version 1 - "Album d'un voyageur")

Boris Liatoshinsky (1895–1968)
Elegy-Prelude
Prelude op. 38, no. 1

Fryderyk Chopin (1810–1849)
Sonata no. 2 in B minor, Op. 35:
Grave - Doppio movimento
Scherzo
Marche funèbre: Lento
Finale: Presto

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