Sunday 27 December, 19:00
AIDIJA Chamber Choir
Artistic director and conductor ROMUALDAS GRAŽINIS
Soloist ASTA KRIKŠČIŪNAITĖ (soprano)
CHORDOS String Quartet
Aidija Choir, admired for its spiritual vibrancy, youthful ardour, finesse and musicality, Asta Krikščiūnaitė (soprano), a recipient of the Lithuanian National Culture and Art Prize, and Chordos String Quartet, an ardent advocate of contemporary and especially Lithuanian music, invite to celebrate Christmas at the Palace of Grand Dukes with Ceremony of Carols (Benjamin Britten) as well as carols from Lithuania and other countries.
(9.16 – 18.16 Eur)
Monday 28 December, 19:00
Magical Jazz Stories
Jievaras Jasinskis (trombone)
Liutauras Janušaitis (saxophone)
Valerijus Ramoška (trumpet)
Laurynas Lapė (trumpet)
Vytis Smolskas (keyboards)
Paulius Volkovas (guitar)
Paulius Vaicekauskas (bass guitar)
Jonas Gliaudelis (percussion)
DAGNA KONDRATAVIČIŪTĖ (vocal)
VAIDAS BAUMILA (vocal)
Reinless made its debut in Broma Jazz festival in 2014. The group unites professional and ambitious musicians performing energetic and unfettered music by Jievaras Jasinskis who fuses funk, jazz, soul, rock and original improvisation. Even though the group is a scene tyro, majority of its members can easily be dubbed stage veterans. Magical Jazz Stories will feature original jazz compositions, jazz melodies coined for Christmas and enchanting improvisations projecting magical jazz stories.
(13.16 – 21.16 Eur)
Tuesday 29 December, 19:00
The Great Music Master of the Rulers’ Court
CANTO FIORITO International Early Music Ensemble:
Ieva Gaidamavičiūtė (soprano)
Renata Dubinskaitė (mezzo-soprano)
Saulė Šerytė (mezzo-soprano)
Algirdas Bagdonavičius (tenor)
Nerijus Masevičius (bass)
Ieva Baublytė (recorders)
Rodrigo Calveyra (cornet, recorders)
Adrian France (sackbut)
Rodney Prada (viola da gamba)
Davide Pozzi (harpsichord, organ)
An international assembly of early music experts presents a programme designed to mark the 420th birth and 350th death anniversaries of Tarquinio Merula, the foremost composer active in the royal court of the Vasa Kings, the rulers of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the 17th century.
Ruled by the Vasa Dynasty, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth enjoyed extraordinary flourishing, which is endorsed by a considerable body of famous musicians from all around Europe serving in the royal court of the Vasa Kings. Tarquinio Merula, an Italian composer, organist and violinist, who served in the court of Sigismund III Vasa in 1621 – 1626, was the most prominent and influential. “Tarquinio Merula was crucial in creation of certain early forms of baroque music, which took their final shape in advanced stage of baroque – cantata, aria, church and chamber sonata, chaconne, symphony”, maintain Simone Manfredini and Eleanor Selfridge-Field, early baroque music authorities. Next to Claudio Monteverdi and Francesco Cavalli, Merula is one of the most celebrated and appreciated 17th century composers today.
Tarquinio Merula was born on November 24, 1595 in Busseto (Italy), died on December 10, 1665 in Cremona (Italy). To mark the anniversaries of the great master, who composed music for the rulers of our country, an international early music ensemble Canto Fiorito offers a programme featuring all church and secular music forms created by Merula – motets, madrigals, arias, sonatas, symphonies, chaconnes, etc. The highlight of the programme – works from opuses No 5 and No 6, which Merula wrote in 1624 in the service of Sigismund III Vasa. The bass voice of the opus No 6 is extinct, however Rodrigo Calveyra, the leader of Canto Fiorito, an expert of the Italian early baroque music currently pursuing Doctoral degree in Paris-Sorbonne University (France), will reconstruct the missing bass voice. Thus, tonight the aforementioned compositions will be performed for the first time after 350 years! Merula’s anniversaries provide an exceptional opportunity to revisit the genial composer and deepen knowledge of his music – the part of our cultural heritage, of which we have good reason to be proud.
(6.16 – 16.16 Eur)
Wednesday 30 December, 19:00
Salve Musa, vivat Musica!
JANINA BAECHLE (mezzo-soprano)
MŪZA RUBACKYTĖ (piano)
World-renowned pianist Mūza Rubackytė, well known and adored in Lithuania, returns to her motherland for Christmas. She will also share the enchanting piano sounds with her connoisseurs. Her tonight’s stage partner – German opera diva Janina Baechle.
Works by Ferenc Liszt, Richard Wagner, Richard Strauss, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Alexander Skryabin etc.
(16.16 – 31.16 Eur)
Thursday 31 December, 19:00
New Year concert The Four Seasons
CAPPELLA TEMPORALE Chamber Orchestra
NORA PETROČENKO (mezzo-soprano)
DMITRY SINKOVSKY (violin, countertenor)
Chamber orchestra formed specially for this concert on the very last day of the year, Lithuanian soprano Nora Petročenko and Russian-born violin virtuoso and a countertenor Dmitry Sinkovsky promise an unforgettable musical journey brimming with delightful melodies, musical jokes and surprises!
(16.16 – 46.16 Eur)