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2013 11 21

On November 23, at 5 p.m. a solemn event to commemorate the 80th birth anniversary of Composer Rimvydas Žygaitis is to take place at the Main Hall of the Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy.

Participants: Kaunas State Choir (Director Petras Bingelis) and Studends of Kazlu Rūda R. Žygatis Art School.
”Although Rimvydas Žygaitis devoted a greater part of his life to organizational work and promotion of other composers’ talent and their works, his portion of musical works contains over two hundred opus. It is not incidentally that the program of the event has been prepared by the composer’s long-year friend Petras Bingelis. The Choir of Kaunas directed by maestro Petras Bingelis will perform the most beautiful choral music opus of the composer. Symbolically, students of Kazlu Rūda Art School named after R. Žygaitis also participate at the event. Archival video material is to remind of the bygone epoch marked by pass away of a number of great personalities whose creation we cherish and enjoy today. Despite the enormous tempo of today’s life, when it is so hard to find time to stay together, we dare ask to stop for a while and remember a great man who devoted all his life to his greatest love – the people“, said A. Žigaitytė-Nekrošienė, President of the Lithuanian Music Union.

After graduation from Moscow P. Chaikovsky State Conservatoire in 1957, from 1957 to 1961 R. Žygaitis taught at Vilnius J. Tallat-Kelpša Higher Music School, at Vilniuis M. K. Čiurlionis Art School where he also acted as Head of the Music Theory Department. From 1961 to 1963 he was a senior lecturer at the Music Department of Vilnius State Pedagogical Institute and from 1962 to 1963 as Head of the Music Theory Department. From 1969 to 2001 he was a senior lecturer of academic disciplines at Lithuanian State Conservatoire (National Music and Theatre Academy from 1992), a docent from 1979, an acting professor and Head of the Composition Department from 1986-to1988 and a professor of the Music Theory Department from 1988.

”Life is beautiful in its simplicity but this simplicity is not only that that is beautiful or festal. Drama also bestows beauty to life. I have experienced a lot of dramatic situations in my life and, if everything taken into one picture, I do not know which part outweighed – festal or dramatic. But only beautiful impressions remain in the memory. I see and feel that I have not wasted my life”, Rimvydas Žygaitis spoke on the eve of his 75th jubilee.

From 1963 to 1986 R. Žygaitis worked as artistic director at Lithuanian National Philharmonic (from 1975 to 1978 as Principal of the National Philharmonic). From 1995 to his death R. Žygaitis was President of the Lithuanian Music Union.
Entrance free.

Organizers: Lithuanian Music Union, Lithuanian Composers’ Union, Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy, Kaunas State Philharmonic.