Program

MASS OF THE RESURREXION

Sunday, April 21, 7 am St. Apostles Peter and Paul‘s Cathedral (Aušros takas 3, Šiauliai)

MASS OF THE RESURREXION

Šiauliai State Chamber Choir “Polifonija”
(Meno vadovas ir vyr. dirigentas TOMAS AMBROZAITIS)
(Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Tomas Ambrozaitis)
ŠIAULIŲ VARINIŲ PUČIAMŲJŲ INSTRUMENTŲ KVINTETAS
Jūratė Minkevičiūtė (organ)
Šiauliai Brass Quintet

Holy Easter is one of the most important holidays in the Christian world, especially in Lithuania. In Siauliai, the morning of Christ's resurrection is special every year - the congregation of our city gathered in the cathedral of our city can listen to the canticles performed by a professional choir. The Resurrection Mass announces the Resurrexit Festival, which will begin on the second Easter day and will take place throughout the week, organised by Šiauliai State Chamber Choir Polifonija.




Opening concert of the festival IN THE LIGHT OF BAROQUE

Monday, April 22, 6 pm St. Apostles Peter and Paul‘s Cathedral (Aušros takas 3, Šiauliai)

Opening concert of the festival IN THE LIGHT OF BAROQUE

Ensemble „AR‘s Musica“ 

Šiauliai State Chamber Choir “Polifonija” 

Conductor Tomas Ambrozaitis 

Program features J. S. Bach, G. F. Händel, A. Vivaldi, P. Vasks, A. Pärt 


Free event 


The ensemble AR’s Musica will launch a musical fire at the Resurrexit Festival and will invite you to celebrate the holy Easter, enjoying Baroque masterpieces. The classic baroque and contemporary interpretations will meet at the concert in the light of Baroque. J. S. Bach, G. Ph. Telemann, G. F. Handel, A. Vivaldi are the names of the baroque geniuses on whom the entire music of the 17th - 18th centuries is based. At the concert, their creations will ingeniously intertwine and will create dialogues with contemporary works - impressionistic, pictorial and sensual P. Vask’s “Landscape with Birds” and hypnotic suggestibility featuring A. Pärt’s composition Fratres, which combines elemental energy and great peace, the junction of a moment and eternity.

THE BERSIAD: BERSA AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES

Tuesday, April 23, 6 pm Šiauliai Chamber Hall „Polifonija“ (Aušros al. 15, Šiauliai)

THE BERSIAD: BERSA AND HIS CONTEMPORARIES

Zagreb Guitar Quartet (Croatia) 

Program features B. Bersa, M. Ravel, C. Debussy, M. de Falla 

Tickets 7 Eur, 5 Eur 


The music of Croatian composer Blagoje Bersa and his famous contemporaries M. Ravel, C. Debussy, M. de Falla, who created their music at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, will be plaid in the concert. Bersa, a little-known in Lithuania composer, travelled and worked in Europe. The period in which he lived marks an important event - in 1907 the first professional guitar quartet was established in Munich. The quartet performed with success in Germany and Austria, so it is likely that Bersa could hear the music performed by this ensemble there. What if that really had happened? What if Bersa and Ravel and Debussy and de Falla had written for the guitar, or for four of them? This evening’s programme takes us to an imagined world where that possibility comes true. 

SOUNDING THE CENTURIES

Wednesday, April 24, 6.30 pm Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Gegužių St 57, Šiauliai)

SOUNDING THE CENTURIES

Lina Marija Songailė (violin) 

Vilimas Norkūnas (organ) 

Program features J. S. Bach, G. Muffat, T. A. Vitali 

Free event 


The works of the 17th-18th century geniuses J. S. Bach, G. Muffat and T. A. Vitali will be performed at the concert. Young Lithuanian talents – Ms Lina Maria Songailė and Mr Vilimas Norkūnas - will demonstrate unlimited possibilities of seemingly incompatible instruments. It is hard to believe how many deep thoughts and strong feelings can be induced by sounds produced by a small instrument - the violin. And the organ, titled the King of Instruments, will bring the audience into deep musical prayer. The music that has endured centuries, performed by a great duo, will fill the sacred space of the church with life and beauty.

ELEGANT MUSIC

Thursday, April 25, 6 pm Šiauliai Chamber Hall „Polifonija“ (Aušros al. 15, Šiauliai)

ELEGANT MUSIC

Quatuor Akilone (France) 

Program features W. A. Mozart, L. van Beethoven, J. Brahms 

Tickets 7 Eur, 5 Eur 


Although you would sometimes come across a string quartet with one woman player (or, very rarely, two!), you had never seen a group of professional string players form an all-female quartet. You can count the number of all-female groups on the fingers of one hand. For the last two years the maturity of Quatuor Akilone’s playing has astonished with its power, poetic imagination and beautiful instrumental colour, as these four young women deploy their consummate narrative skill. Whether they are playing Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert or Kurtag, their every concert could be made into a live CD. This ensemble devotes its elegant playing, generous tone and lively spirit to bringing depth and poetry to the works it performs. Four different personalities, characters and minds come together to form one single 16-stringed, 40-fingered instrument.

TRES SALVETE

Thursday, April 25, 6 pm Baisogala Manor House (R. Žebenkos St 12, Baisogala, Radviliškis region)

TRES SALVETE

Diana Tiškovaitė (soprano) 
Nomeda Bėčiūtė (aktor) 
Regina Marozienė (kanklės) 

Tickets 5 Eur, 3 Eur 


“If I am a tree that will ever be cut / Do not make fences from me, / Do not cut me for firewood. / Make a bridge from me / Door or threshold, / where people greet each other.” (M. Martinaitis) These are the thoughts of three women - a singer Diana Tiškovaitė, actress Nomeda Bėčiūtė and player on the kanklės Regina Marozienė, about who we are, where we are, how we are, what we are ... The improvisations of voice, word and instrument invite you to greet heaven and Earth. Thrilled strings of music and word play reveal the philosophy of life, which strolls from the depths of the past, shattering the present and looking forward to the future.

EUROPEAN PIANO RECITAL (Dedicated to the 15th Anniversary of the European Union‘s biggest enlargement ever)

Friday, April 26, 6 pm Šiauliai Chamber Hall „Polifonija“ (Aušros al. 15, Šiauliai)

EUROPEAN PIANO RECITAL (Dedicated to the 15th Anniversary of the European Union‘s biggest enlargement ever)

Wojciech Waleczek (piano, Poland) 

Program features W. A. Mozart, C. Franck, T. Radoslavov, I. Zajc, D. Pentecost, E. Tubin, J. Vītols, M. K. Čiurlionis, etc. 

Tickets 7 Eur, 5 Eur 


Wojciech Waleczek is a virtuoso pianist with a remarkably wild and rich musical imagination, who likes challenges and surprises. He’s got some ready for us as well: he will perform even 25 plays for piano, each representing different states joining the European Union before 2004. This year is very important for both Lithuania and Poland, as both were among the ten countries that joined the EU that year, and this year we have a great opportunity to celebrate the 15th anniversary of this event. The Polish performer is sure that it is going to be fun not only to listen to the colourful music strand, but also to recognize the “representatives” of our countries. And finding out how he’ll do that is an intrigue certainly worth your attention!

A STORM IN THE SILENCE

Friday, April 26, 6 pm Plungė Oginskis Palace (Parko St 3A, Plungė)

A STORM IN THE SILENCE

Kaspars Zemītis (guitar, Latvia) 
Šiauliai State Chamber Choir “Polifonija” 
(Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Tomas Ambrozaitis) 
Conductor Povilas Vanžodis 

Program features J. S. Bach, E. Dārziņš, K. Zemītis, etc. 

Tickets 7 Eur, 4 Eur 


Kaspars Zemītis – a guitarist virtuoso, who fills music with his artistry and talent. When his fingers touches a string, a miracle happens - music revives, gets volume and breath. The guitar played by Kaspars sounds perfectly self-sufficient - you need no other instruments, no orchestra. Kaspars with his guitar can be much more interesting and attractive than the whole orchestra. K. Zemītis, the guitarist, composer and educator, will invite the audience to listen to the original and arranged compositions he will perform: from J. S. Bach to the famous Irish rock band U2. His Mass for the guitar and mixed choir will be played for the first time in Lithuania.

EASTER BELLS ARE RINGING

Saturday, April 27, 6.30 pm Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Gegužių St 57, Šiauliai)

EASTER BELLS ARE RINGING

Arsis Handbell Ensemble (Estonia) 

Program features J. S. Bach, P. Čaikovskij, F. Chopin, A. Pärt, T. Kõrvits, H. Eller 

Free event 


Twelve years ago, the performance of the ensemble Arsis visiting the Resurrexit Festival, attracted special attention of the audience. This year this group will again perform in Šiauliai. Handbell ensemble is a unique collection of instruments and making music with them is also unique – the musicians don’t play long parts, instead they ring the bells in turn. And so handbell music is born by listening carefully to the other players and the conductor of course and paying attention to the pauses and notes in the score. Normally handbell ensembles consist of 10-15 members who use a set of bells of 5 octaves. Arsis Handbell Ensemble has challenged itself – 8 players have a set of handbells of 7 octaves (just as many as there are keys on the piano) and they perform without a conductor!

Closing concert of the festival Symphony No. 9 in D minor by Ludwig van Beethoven

Sunday, April 28, 4 pm St. Apostles Peter and Paul‘s Cathedral (Aušros takas 3, Šiauliai)

Closing concert of the festival Symphony No. 9 in D minor by Ludwig van Beethoven

Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra 
(Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Modestas Pitrėnas) 
Kaunas State Choir 
(Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Petras Bingelis) 
“Vilnius” Choir 
(Chief Conductor Artūras Dambrauskas) 
Šiauliai State Chamber Choir “Polifonija” 
(Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Tomas Ambrozaitis) 
Viktorija Miškūnaitė (soprano) 
Jovita Vaškevičiūtė (mezzosoprano) 
Tomas Pavilionis (tenor) 
Liudas Mikalauskas (bass) 
Conductor Tomas Ambrozaitis 

Free event 


The festival will be crowned with one of the most famous classical pieces of music - L. van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in D minor, also called “of Joy” or “Epic”. It was the last symphony created by the genius of music, which it took six years to create. This masterpiece was created by Beethoven, being completely deaf. The text of Friedrich Schiller’s poem “Ode an die Freude” is used in it, which is performed by soloists and choir in the fourth part of the symphony. This is the first time the composer has used the human voice in the symphony. The famous theme of Joy is now the anthem of the Council of Europe, and since 1993 - the anthem of the European Union.

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