Start of the event:

May 8

Start of the event:



Free admission

Place of the event:

Klaipėda Concert Hall, Ground Floor Foyer

Opening of the “Portraits” art exhibition by painter Darius Tamkevičius and talks about the less known facts from the history of the cello in Lithuania

With the participation of: music historian Dr. Danutė Petrauskaitė (“Centenary of the Cello School in Lithuania 1923–2023”), instrument maker and restoration expert Gerardas Rūkas (“The Old School of Instrument Makers in Vilnius”)

Moderator Agnė Bukartaitė

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As the week begins, we begin to get to know the instrument of a thousand faces – the cello, which unfolds in new and unexpected musical guises every spring. Every day during this week, we will hear about the cello that jazzes, sings, crouches and even dances, and the music that captivates audiences around the world! History and present time, music and art, the great masters of musical performance and instrument making mark the beginning of the festival. Representatives of different ‘crafts’ invite us to experience it all. In the run-up programme before the festival’s opening concert we offer an exhibition by artist Darius Tamkevičius, featuring portraits of the great cellists Mstislav Rostropovich, Pablo Casals and Jacqueline du Pré. In his work, the artist is not so much preoccupied with experimentation, but is seeking contact, relationship, dialogue with the viewer, whom he looks at with respect and curiosity, hoping for a reaction, a response, an emotion. Thus, the objects he creates are first and foremost a way of meeting and talking about the essence and meaning of our existence in this world.

In a brief discussion, moderated by journalist Agnė Bukartaitė, music historian Danutė Petrauskaitė will talk about a little-known fact – the centenary of the cello school in Lithuania, which dates back to 1923 and begins in Klaipėda. Gerardas Rūkas, a master and expert of instrument making and restoration, will reveal the secrets of old luthiers of Vilnius.

We invite you to learn, hear and see the secrets of the cello!


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