XXV Pažaislis Music Festival
The 25th Pažaislis Music Festival is starting with the heads up despite all the adversities that had shaked the world. We are happy to announce that this year the listeners will be invited to the Yard of the Pažaislis monastery five times – we are convinced that the artists as well as the listeners have an exceptional experience and joy while visiting this unique and beautiful place.
This year the festival will be full of important anniversaries: the Pažaislis Music Festival will be held for the 25th time, Sisters of Saint Casimir who live in the Pažaislis monastery will be celebrating 100 year anniversary of the Congregation establishment in Lithuania, and off course not to forget Ludwig van Beethoven 250 year birth anniversary, Frederic Chopin 210 birth anniversary and Leopold Godowski 150 year birth anniversary.
The Opening concert of the festival will bring together the world known Lithuanian artists:
popular all over the world tenor Edgaras Montvidas, pianist Lukas Geniušas, the Kaunas State Choir and the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra. And with the Closing concert we will celebrate the 30th year anniversary of Lithuanian independence restoration performing the concert version of Almicare Ponchielli opera “I Lituani“ featuring Jūratė Švedaitė (soprano), Kristian Benedikt (tenor) and other soloists, with participation of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Kaunas State Choir, conducted by Modestas Pitrėnas. The concerts for two pianos and orchestra by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johann Sebastian Bach will be performed by the young family Anna Geniushene and Lukas Geniušas together with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra conducted by Adrija Čepaitė. The listeners willing to hear free and agile performance will be invited to the accordionist Martynas Levickis and his chamber orchestra “Mikroorkéstra” concert where they will perform the programme “Music for a while”.
The exceptional programme will present the unmatched Escamilio Kostas Smoriginas, who will celebrate his 40 years anniversary, together with his father – wonderful actor Kostas Smoriginas, Kaunas City Symphony orchestra and conductor Vytautas Lukočius.
Premiere in memoriam to the composer Vidmantas Bartulis (1954–2020) will be prepared by the Kaunas State Choir conducted by Petras Bingelis and the actor Dainius Svobonas. This event will be held in the newly discovered venue ‑ the yard of Kaunas State Philharmonic.
The concert of the Johann Strauss music changes traditional location from the Kaunas Yacht Club to the cosy surroundings of the Vytautas Magnus University Botanic Garden where the emotional afternoon for the listeners of the 25th Pažaislis Music Festival will present the Vytautas Magnus University Chamber Orchestra conducted by Vytautas Lukočius with participation of the humorous musicologist Viktoras Gerulaitis and the four marvellous soloists: Ieva Goleckytė (soprano), Monika Pleškytė (soprano), Mindaugas Zimkus (tenor) and Andrius Apšega (baritone).
And the Kaunas Yacht Club will host a real experiment – “Blues on the Water”. This programme will be performed by the Bazarai trio – Motiejus, Mykolas and Benediktas, the Vyšniauskai family – Petras and Dominykas, and the soloist from Latvia.
The Kaunas State Philharmonic Hall, known for its great acoustics, will invite everyone to the recitals performed by the pianist Mūza Rubackytė, mezzo-soprano Justina Gringytė together with pianist Petras Geniušas, as well as the guests from the Austria – the piano trio “TrioVanBeethoven”, the string quintet “Wiener Kammersymphonie” together with the pianist Domenico Codispoti (Italy).
Taking into account the distancing requirements, most of the mansions are not suitable for the concerts this year, but the Yard of the Arts Incubator of Raudondvaris Castle will be just fine for the agile Blattwerk Saxophone Quartet from Germany, and the Vytautas Magnus University Botanic Garden and the Birštonas Kurhauz will invite the lovers of chamber music.
As every year, the festival will invite you to travel around Lithuania ‑ the geography of the concerts will be from Dubingiai to Rietavas.
On 20th of June will start the educational cycle “Get to know” of the cultural tourism where the small-scale concerts and the excursions will be integrated in Kaunas and other cities in Lithuania.
Let’s get to know, travel around Lithuania, enjoy great music in the most beautiful corners of our country, and create the traditions together with the Pažaislis Music Festival!