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2016

“EPITAPHIUM TEMPORUM PEREUNTI“ BY B. KUTAVIČIUS WILL BE PERFORMED DURING THE CONCERT TOUR


2016 02 22


Symphonic music concerts interpreting Bronius Kutavičius' Epitaphium temporum pereunti will take place at the Kaunas State Philharmonic on the 21st of April, 6 pm; at the Klaipėda Concert Hall on the 22nd of April, 6 pm and at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic on the 23rd of April, 7 pm.
 

Modestas Pitrėnas took up his appointment as the artistic director and chief conductor of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra in autumn 2015. With broad and expressive gestures he will command the united forces of the Orchestra and the Kaunas State Choir (which make up to 150 performers in total) in the performance of B. Kutavičius’s Epitaphium temporum pereunti. This remarkable work depicts four momentous events in the cultural and spiritual history of Lithuania: the establishment of Vilnius, the opening of the Vilnius University, the martyrdom of Lithuanian citizens who sacrificed their lives for the freedom of their country, and the reconsecration of the Vilnius Cathedral. Originality of Kutavičius’s artistic vision has been recognized by awarding him the Lithuanian National Arts and Culture Prize in 1995. In 2012, the same prestigious prize was awarded to M. Pitrėnas, who continues to assert that his “wildly captivating and never boring creative occupation” has never let him down.
 

Music by Hector Berlioz will stand in contrast with the Lithuanian part of the programme. Mezzo-soprano Eglė Šidlauskaitė will sing solo part in Berlioz’s cantata The Death of Cleopatra. “My most ambitious plan for the future is improvement,” admits Šidlauskaitė who applies her experience in foreign productions during her return appearances at home.
 
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