Sunday, 2005 September 4th, 6 PM, Dzintari Concert hall
The summer season’s final concert
Lithuanian National Symphony orchestra
Conductor Yuozas Domarkas
Soloists:Liora Grodnikaite (mezzo soprano, London, Covent Garden)
Virgilius Noreika (tenor, Vilnius)
Stanislav Igolinsky (piano, St.Petersburg)
Program:The pieces for orchestra by Bizet, Khachaturyan, Strauss etcChopin – Piano concerto No 2Arias and duets from Russian and Western composers’ operas
Great Baltic musicians of three generations play the evergreen music!
Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1940 by composer, pianist and conductor Balys Dvarionas (1904-1972). Later the Orchestra was directed by Abelis Kleinickis and Margarita Dvarionaitë.
Led by Juozas Domarkas since 1964, the LNSO participated in a number of festivals, including “Stars of Moscow”, “Russian Winter”, “Warsaw Autumn”, “Prague Spring”, Schleswig-Holstein, festivals of contemporary music in St.Petersburg, etc. The Orchestra regularly collaborates with celebrated Lithuanian and international musicians. The Kaunas State Choir is one of the LNSO regular partners. The Orchestra was led by K.Kondrashin, V.Fedoseyev, M.Rostropovich (Russia), N.Järvi (Estonia), K.Masur, H.M.Schneidt, H.Kegel, J.Frantz, J.Wehnert, Ch.Spering (Germany), Ch.Bruck, S.Casadesus, C.Diederich (France), O.W.Müller (USA) and R.Hickox (UK). The LNSO has performed together with vocalists M.Caballé (Spain), J.Norman (USA), B.Fink (Austria), S.Estes (USA), V.Urmanavièiûtë, S.Larinas, pianists E.Gilels, R.Kehrer, D.Bashkirov, N.Petrov (Russia), D.Pollack (USA), J.Ogdon (UK), violinists L.Kogan, G.Kremer, V.Tretjakov, V.Spivakov (Russia), cellists M.Rostropovich, N.Gutman (Russia), D.Geringas (Germany), violist Y.Bashmet (Russia) and trumpeter H.Hardenberger (Sweden).
Today the LNSO deserves to be called the Ambassador of Lithuanian culture in the world. In 1994, the Orchestra toured Germany, Belgium, England and Scotland. In recent years LNSO toured Japan, Italy, Austria (Musikverein, Vienna), Germany (Alte Oper, Frankfurt), France, Switzerland, Spain, Finland and Turkey.
The LNSO’s concert geography expands each year. In 2002, the Orchestra performed in Italy, Poland, Germany, France and Yugoslavia. In 2003, the LNSO toured in Sweden, and performed under the baton of the eminent composer K.Penderecki: in Budapest and Belgrade, Kolmar Festival in France, Mecklenburg and Upper Pomeranian Festivals in Germany, and Ljubljana Festival. Joined by soloists J.Rachlin and Y.Bashmet and conducted by J.Frantz, the LNSO appeared in Classico Pompeiano Festival in Italy, while partnership with vocalist V.Urmana has earned fervent ovations in Germany and Slovenia.
In April 2004, the Orchestra has performed in L. van Beethoven Festival in Poland, and on May 1 opened Probaltica 2004 Festival in Torun. In addition, the LNSO took part in Wratislavia cantans 2004, hailed as ‘festival without borders’. In July, partnered by K.Penderecki, M.Rostropovich and J.Rachlin, the Orchestra toured in Italy.
In January 2005, the LNSO appeared in S.Diagilev Festival in Groningen (the Netherlands), and on June 2 performed in 30th Echternach Festival in Luxembourg. Later this summer the LNSO will tour Italy and Norway.
“Cuban overture” was rendered by the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra so vividly, as if the Orchestra came from the Antíllès, but not from the shores of Baltic…”
In 1964 Juozas Domarkas became the artistic director and principal conductor of the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra. From early on in his career he pursued a vision of the symphony orchestra of the highest level. Today the LNSO is known for its richness of tone and unique interpretations. The Orchestra is a true Ambassador of Lithuanian culture in the world.
J.Domarkas has led the LNSO in numerous festivals, including “Stars of Moscow”, “Russian Winter”, “Warsaw Autumn”, “Prague Spring”, Schléswig-Hólstein and two international contemporary music festivals in Sankt Petersburg. J.Domarkas is regularly invited to conduct the best international orchestras. He is widely recognized for his interpretations of contemporary music. Many a today’s composers entrust J.Domarkas with the first performances of their new opuses, and dedicate new compositions to him as well. For his performances of contemporary music J.Domarkas was praised by Czech, Polish, Lithuanian, Russian music press.
Music critics around the world admire Mr. Domarkas for his sophisticated musical thinking, vivid and emotionally charged monumental interpretations, taste, and sensibility to various styles.
He is the head of Conducting Department at the Lithuanian Music Academy. For several years Maestro nurtures a meaningful event –the Young Performers Festival “Atþalynas”.
In 1998 for his accomplishments in cultivation of Lithuanian music culture J.Domarkas was awarded First Degree Order of Gediminas, Grand Duke of Lithuania, and in 2000 - the Lithuanian National Prize.
Liora Grodnikaite, Lithuanian mezzo-soprano
Liora Grodnikaite was born in Vilnius and graduated from the Lithuanian Music Academy before obtaining a BMus and MMus from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, Ohio, USA. She continued her training at the Resident Artist Programme with the Minnesota Opera, Gerdine Young Artists with the Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and Young Artists Programme with the Opera North, New Hampshire. Roles at Oberlin include Ruggiero Alcina, title role The Rape of Lucretia, Baba the Turk The Rake's Progress, Der Trommler Der Kaiser von Atlantis, Ludmila The Bartered Bride, Angelina La cenerentola, La Frugola Il tabarro and La Zia Principessa Suor Angelica. Other roles include Giovanna Rigoletto, Third Lady Die Zauberflöte, Myrtale Thaïs, Ottavia L'incoronazione di Poppea and Melissa La liberazione di Ruggiero (Caccini) in Vilnius. Concert performances include Szymanowski Stabat Mater, Beethoven Mass in C major and Choral Fantasy; Mozart Coronation Mass and Requiem; Bach Magnificat, Mass in G major, Mass in B minor and St. Mark Passion and Vivaldi Gloria. As a participant of the Young Artists Programme since September 2004 at Covent Garden, London, UK, she made her Royal Opera debut as Curra La forza del destino, followed by Flosshilde Das Rheingold, Flora La traviata, Kate Pinkerton Madama Butterfly, Aglaonice Orphée, Maddalena Rigoletto and Emilia Otello.
Virgilijus NOREIKA (tenor)
Virgilijus Noreika graduated with honours degree from the State Conservatoire of Lithuania in 1958. One year earlier he had been accepted at the Opera and Ballet Theatre of Lithuania. In 1959 Noreika sang Alfred's part in Verdi's " La Traviata", his favourite and one of the most frequently performed parts. He studied at the La Scala theatre in Milan in 1965-66. There he prepared six parts, of which Pinkerton's part from Puchini's "Madame Butterfly" was performed on the world-known stage.
Maestro's creative biography comprises more than 40 parts: Cavarados from "La Tosca" by Puccini, Faust from "Faust" by Gounod, Rudolf from "La Boheme" by Puccini, Otello from "Otello" by Verdi, et.al. The singer's voice sounded in Moscow Bolshoi Theatre, in Buenos Aires "Colon", in Paris Grand Opera, in Milan La Scala and other famous theatres. Mr. Noreika sang at more than 30 foreign theatres, participated in more than 1000 performances, gave about 600 solo concerts, recorded 20 records and a CD. 1997, celebrating his 40th anniversary on stage, the singer got the Kipras award of the Opera Fellow Society. Mr. Noreika is Professor at the Music Academy of Lithuania.