KINTAI MUSIC FESTIVAL
6 JULY – 22 AUGUST
Dear guests of Kintai Music Festival,
Any twilight is bright with music. From July 6 to August 22, music will spread in Kintai and its surroundings – a light that heals and warms our anxiety and sadness during these hard times.
The Kintai Music Festival has been delighting the people of the Pomeranian region for nine years now. It is probably the most prominent annual music festival in the region, giving the opportunity for local people to experience a professional and high-quality culture. The most prominent Lithuanian performers and ensembles have given concerts in Kintai: New Ideas Chamber Orchestra NICO, Mettis string quartet, contemporary music ensemble Synaesthesis, cellist Vytautas Sondeckis, violinist Vilhelmas Čepinskis, and many others. The festival was attended by guests from the USA, Japan, Germany, Austria, Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Hungary, Latvia and other countries.
The festival will start with light and hope on July 6th. The choir “Jauna muzika” (artistic director and conductor Vaclovas Augustinas) will perform a program with the symbolic title Darkness Is As Light To You. The concert will feature music by Vaclovas Augustinas, currently the most prominent choral music composer in Lithuania.
Although we are not able to travel freely around the world at the moment, Giunter Percussion will bring a colorful musical journey and exoticism to the shores of the Curonian Lagoon. On July 11, the concert Sound Exotics will reveal the special colors of percussion instruments and the mastery of the ensemble, which has been operating for 25 years.
A few years later, the tradition of assembling your own orchestra returns to the festival. Gediminas Gelgotas, the leader and composer of the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra (NIKO), this year brought together young, talented and energetic performers from Lithuania and Poland, who will be joined by some NIKO artists. The orchestra will be conducted by G. Gelgotas, who is always welcome by the audience of the Kintai Music Festival, and Martynas Stakionis, who is rapidly establishing himself on foreign stages and has also visited Kintai. The musicians will perform two different programs. On July 17, Stroking Strings will be played in Kintai, and on July 18, Sound Vitality will pulse with energy and contrasts in Palanga Kurhaus.
Important anniversaries will be mentioned at the Kintai Music Festival. This year marks the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Viennese classic Ludwig van Beethoven in the world. On this occasion, July 30, Dedication to Beethoven will be performed in Juodkrante. Violinist Dalia Dėdinskaitė, cellist Gleb Pyšniak and pianist Simona Zajančauskaitė will perform L. van Beethoven’s piano trios under the imaginative titles “Ghost Trio” and “Archduke Trio”. On August 1, they will perform in Kintai as well: in commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of the Vilnius Gaon, the music of Litvak and Jewish composers will be performed in the concert Foreign Home.
Every year, the festival pays attention to education This year, Auksė Marija Petroni and Giedrė Zaicaitė will share the secrets of vocal mastery with their young colleagues. The courses will finish on August 2 at the concert Singing Summer.
Composers will also seek creative inspiration surrounded by unique nature. Working together with the contemporary music ensemble Synaesthesis, the young composers will improve their scores, and the results will be heard at the concert In the Forest. The Ecology of Sound (August 14).
The early music ensemble Canto Fiorito will meet with the youngest listeners, who are just beginning to get to know various music, and for the second year in a row, organizing special educational concerts for children. On August 8 in Saugos, the musicians will perform a program of Renaissance music. The program is partly supported by the Swiss Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.
Canto Fiorito has been welcoming guests to Kintai for the fourth year in a row. With a strong focus on attractive, theatrical or contextual music, the ensemble has produced a Renaissance music program, The Vitruvian Man, which will be performed on August 7 at night (10 PM), in the Great Church of Kintai, lit by candlelight.
The festival will end with the most ambitious concert ever played in Kintai. Pianist Alexander Paley, who lives in the USA, will be here on August 22. will implement an impressive musical idea – a 12-hour concert-marathon. The performer will perform the challenge with friends pianist Pei-Wen Chen (piano, USA), violinist Amiram Ganz (Austria), string quartet Mettis, soprano Ieva Prudnikovaitė, bassist Almu Švilpa and violinist Raimundas Butvila. The patron of the event is the first lady of the Republic of Lithuania Mrs. Diana Nausėdienė.
Kintai Music Festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, the Lithuanian Culture Council and other loyal sponsors: SBA Concern, UAB Silberauto, Šilutė Municipality and many others, to whom the festival organizers are sincerely grateful. Thanks to the sponsors, most of the concerts at the Kintai Music Festival are free this year.
See you soon in Kintai! ♥