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2015

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    THE CREATIVE WORK OF KAUNAS CHOIR CONTRIBUTED TO THE SALVAGE OF ART IN ROMA

    2015.11.09

    Sacral music and art festival of Rome and Vatican takes place already for the fourteenth time. It is one of the most prominent events in the cultural and music life of the Eternal City. To take part in the festival of this year that lasted since October 28 till November 4 and by its’ organiser – Foundation of Sacral Art and Music was dedicated to commemorate ten years from saint Holy Father’s – John Paul’s II death Kaunas State Choir has been invited as well.
     
    The festival as well as other activities of the foundation is intended to focus social attention on the aims of this organization: to patronize, protect, popularize and cultivate cultural heritage of Italy and to collect funds for developing restoration projects. Since the beginning of its’ activity the foundation actively contributed to the restoration of 24 monuments and in 2015 mainly focuses on the restoration works of St. Peter’s Basilica and famous Bernini’s colonnade surrounding St. Peter’s Square.

    “The fact that we’ve been invited to represent Lithuania in the international event of the highest rank is indeed of great importance. Moreover that sacral music has always been an important part of the choir’s repertoire. The festival’s motto is “Art rescues art” since the essential aim of the organisers is to contribute to the nurturance and renovation of cultural, artistic and architectural heritage. We are proud being able to contribute to the realization of such noble aspirations by our creative activity”, - shared his impressions from the festival choir’s art director Petras Bingelis.

    The programme of the festival is not only multifarious but as well spiritually plentiful. Masterpieces of sacral and classical music were performed by world renowned artists, meanwhile in the audience there were numerous high-standing persons representing Republic of Italy and the Holy See. The patronage over the festival took the President, the Senate, the Chamber of Representatives, the Prime Minister and the Ministers of Cultural Heritage and Home Affairs of the Republic of Italy.

    On October 31 in one of the four papal basilicas – St. Paul’s under the baton of the German pianist and conductor Justus Frantz, with whom the collective is linked by long-lasting creative collaboration, the choir and the Nations’ Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra performed “Symphony No. 2” (“Resurrection”) by Gustav Mahler.

    “This piece is not new for the choir singers but rather comprises an inseparable part of the repertoire that is being permanently revived. Just during this year “The Resurrection” symphony has been already performed in Šiauliai Cathedral and Klaipėda Concert Hall under the baton of Gintaras Rinkevičius. It is meaningful that “Resurrection” symphony sounds so often particularly this year when we commemorate 120 years anniversary from its’ first performance in Berlin, - underlined director of Kaunas Philharmonic Justina Krėpšta.

    J. Frantz, once again having an opportunity to give a concert together with Kaunas musicians, expressed his gratitude for P. Bingelis and expectancy that soon he will meet the choir on the stage anew. Generous with compliments for the excellence of the Lithuanian singers, expressivity of the performance as well was the singer of the Ukrainian National Opera - Angelina Shvachka who performed a solo part.

    After their return from Italy, choir singers together with their leader P. Bingelis shortly will visit Latvia where on December 30, in Riga’s arena that can seat 12,5 thousand of audience, together with soloists and dancers from all over the world will introduce the Latin American pop-opera “Carmen Cubana”.
     
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    CONCERT “ALL SOULS ECHO“ AT THE KAUNAS STATE PHILHARMONIC

    2015.11.04

    Concert "All Souls echo" will take place at the Kaunas State Philharmonic, on the 5th of November, 6 pm.
    Program includes Zita Bružaitė "Requiem" for mixed choir and symphony orchestra (2015).

    The idea of the nine-part "Requiem" was born during All Souls' Day, as a reflection of our transience, environment, interpersonal relationships, temporarily important things and values of things owned. During the evening promenades around Lithuanian cemeteries, on the first days of November, passing the tombs of a relative, distant friend, ancestor of stranger it is impossible not to feel a sense of peace that is not coming back from the past - desires moved Beyond from this time, together with the departed...
     
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    KAUNAS CHOIR WAS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE MUSIC FESTIVAL “KATOWICE KULTURA NATURA“

    2015.05.21

    Kaunas State choir was invited to participate in the music festival "Katowice Kultura Natura". Kaunas State Choir led by maestro Petras Bingelis received an invitation to participate at the Polish music festival “Katowice Kultura Natura“.

    Festival is organized as a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of establishing the town of Katowice and its main theme is metamorphosis. Silesian capital is rapidly developing and changing. According to the festival's artistic director Alexander Liebreich, urban change does not only happen on the surface of the city - it is firstly a cultural metamorphosis and its most obvious sign is a modern NOSPR concert hall that was opened last year.
     
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    “BELLS“ WILL TOLL AT THE LITHUANIAN NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC ON THE WEEKEND

    2015.03.08

    Impressive program, featuring pieces from the first half of the 20th century, which reveals the panorama of the historical fractures and changes in the music of that period will be presented in Vilnius, at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic, on the 21st of March. The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO) will be conducted by French Maestro Olivier Grangean, already familiar to our audience.


    At the symphonic music concert "Symphonic Fiereworks" LNSO together with Kaunas State Choir and soloists: Julija Stupnianek (soprano), Tomas Pavilionis (tenor) and Stein Skjervold (baritone) will perform a monumental poem by Rachmaninov (1873–1943) "Bells", written in 1913 (words by Edgar Allan Poe translated into Russian by Konstantin Balmont). Talking to his biographer Oskar Rizeman about "Bells" composer admitted: "I wrote this piece with passion and drive and I cherish it the most." Rachmaninov always stressed that sacral meaning of this piece is of utmost importance to him.

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