Artistic director of the festival prof. Artūras Dambrauskas emphasized: “This aspiration takes on an even greater meaning this year, we invite you to as many as nine choral music concerts, where we will hear choirs from Lithuania, Latvia and Poland that have gained great recognition in Europe. It’s a great opportunity to hear rarely performed or never-before-heard choral music from European countries, valuable programs by Lithuanian composers, and even a premiere specially created for the festival.”
September 21 in the choral music week that started, there were even performances by four prominent groups. The series of concerts was opened by the Kaunas State Choir, conducted by Robert Šerveniks, the choir’s artistic director and chief conductor, laureate of the Lithuanian National Culture and Art Prize.
Vilnius St. Approx. In the Church of Philip and Jacob, the Kaunas State Choir performed a monumental program – Johann Sebastian Bach’s masterfully composed motets, which are also called “motet fugues”. The choir sang four of the eight that survive: “Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied” (“Sing a new song to the Lord”) written for double choir, “Komm, Jesu, komm” (“Jesus, come”), the five-part “Jesu, meine Freude” ( “Jesus, in my joy”) and “Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden” (“Praise the Lord of all nations”) for four voices.
These masterpieces of vocal art sounded as usual in JS Bach’s service to St. Thomas’s church in Leipzig in 1998 – accompanied by organ and cello. The program was attended by Lina Krėpštaitė (organ) and Asta Krištaponienė (cello).
St. The Toruń Choir “Astrolabium”, conductor Kinga Litowska, and the artistic director and conductor Piotr Plawner together with the world-famous chamber ensemble “Capella Bydgostiensis” will be performing at the Jacob’s Festival.
September 24, 6 p.m., Pilaitė St. Joseph’s Church guests will perform “Stabat Matter” by contemporary Polish composer Miłosz Bembinow and “Misa a Buenos Aires” (Misatango) by Argentina-born Martin Palmieri.
Although “Misa a Buenos Aires” is a mass for choir in Latin, the tango chords in the piece will immerse the listener in a world of intense emotions, passion and syncopated rhythm. Evening soloists – Ingrida Gápovgá (soprano), Markas Komola (piano), Mario Stefano Pietrodarchi (bandonia), conductor – Kinga Litowska.
The biggest professional choir in the Baltic States will be among the most prominent guests of the festival from abroad – the state choir “Latvija”, conducted by Mārio Sirmais. The choir’s creative character, unique sound, and nurturing of Latvian choral music traditions distinguish this collective from many others.
The collective’s vocal culture, precise performance, and limitless interpretation possibilities are particularly emphasized. Choir “Latvija” has prepared a program for Vilnius listeners, where the collective’s full potential will be revealed – the ability to perform choral music of various eras and genres in an evocative way. The Latvian concert “Fragmentai” will take place September 28, 7 p.m., Vilnius St. Catherine’s Church.
Every year, the organizers invite choirs that have not yet visited Lithuania to the festival. This year, one of them will be the Polish Radio Choir (Chór Polskiego Radia), whose artistic director and conductor is Maria Piotrowska-Bogalecka.
Although the collective is 74 years old, the Lithuanian public has not had the chance to hear this high-level choir until now, which pays great attention to the music of Polish composers, performs many concerts, travels around the world, and records for Polish national radio and television.
The choir’s first concert in Lithuania will take place October 1, 7 p.m. at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic. The concert program will feature works by K. Szymanowski, R. Maciejewski, K. Penderecki, Wnuk-Nazarowa, P. Tabakiernik and S. Godziemba-Trytek. The concert is organized in cooperation with the Polish Ministry of Culture and Heritage and the Lithuanian National Philharmonic.