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2016 05 14

Lithuania‘s music traditions in this year festival „Prague‘s spring“ will as well be represented by Kaunas State Choir – the only mixed voices choir taking part in this year event.
Every year “Prague‘s spring“ offers the audience a unique blend of traditional music and adventurous experiments.
The 71st festival that will last from May 12 till June 4 will invite to attend more than 50 concerts with participation of famous performers from Prague, London, Berlin and Singapore.
One of the most distinct focuses of this year festival is music of the Baltic States. Lithuanian music traditions will be represented by mezzo-soprano – Violeta Urmana, Čiurlionis Quartet, Lithuanian National Symphonic Orchestra and Kaunas State Choir led by Petras Bingelis. It is the only mixed voices choir taking part in this year festival.
Talking about choir‘s invitation to come to “Prague‘s spring“  director of Kaunas State Philharmonic - Justinas Krėpšta told: “We feel honoured both - because of the invitation to take part in the festival that retains memories of the most prominent stars performances from all over the world and because of the organisers‘ aspiration to introduce more closely the Baltic States as a peculiar region, cherishing rich musical traditions, to reveal diversity and uniqueness of the music of every country that belongs to this region“.
“During the past few years the choir visited music festivals in Macao (China), Sion (Switzerland), Rome (Italy) but taking part in such a prestigious event as the festival that is held in the capital of the Czech Republic since 1946 undoubtedly is an important engagement to introduce properly the musical culture of Lithuania and as well a significant record in the history of choir‘s musical activity“, - assured P. Bingelis
On May 23rd in the seat of the Czech National Philharmonic – Rudolfinum Palace‘s A. Dvorak‘s concert hall the choir accompanied by the Lithuanian National Symphonic Orchestra will sing “The Epitaph for the Passing Time“ by B. Kutavičius that, according to the festival‘s organisers, will be performed in the Czech Republic for the first time.
V. Urmana who will sing a solo part told it will be a pleasure for her to appear on the Rudolfinum stage not only together with the Lithuanian National Symphonic Orchestra led by Modestas Pitrėnas but as well with Kaunas Choir that is well known in Europe and not once has taken part in common projects.
Choir’s gala performance under the baton of Petras Bingelis is scheduled on May 24th and will take place in the exclusive concert space – St. Simon and Jude’s church counting its history since the 14th century, not once rebuilt to assume finally ornate shapes of Baroque.
The programme of the concert including a capella pieces sung in four different languages will introduce to the listener the wide range of Lithuanian and foreign composer‘s music and reveal the diversity of Lithuanian music of different genres and periods.
Rimantas Klevečka
“Laikinoji sostinė“ (Lietuvos rytas), No 19