LITHUANIA SPLENDOUR

 Lithuanian Musical Heritage Education Project with Historical Church Organs 

 

The educational project, implemented by Lithuanian early music ensemble Canto Fiorito and Norwegian early music ensemble Silva Norvegica (artistic director Rodrigo Calveyra), aims to introduce school children to the historical organs preserved in their towns and the historical music that was performed in Lithuania when these organs were created. This goal will be achieved in cooperation with regional schools and parishes. For this project, the most valuable historical organs were selected. They are located in regional towns of Kretinga, Varniai, Adakavas, and Kartena and were tuned and restored during the project (additionally, due to requirements of the fund to implement project activities in one county centre, the project will take place in Taurage with the organ of later period). The series of educational events will provide children of these towns with knowledge about early music and will prepare them for the final concert, which will feature baroque music of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, performed by 5 voices, cornetto, sackbuts, viola da gamba, and organ. The final concert will also be presented to the general public of all 5 towns. Local communities will be encouraged to use their historical heritage not only in the liturgy but also in cultural events.

The project also aims to introduce music school students to the historically informed performance of early music. Organ masterclasses lead by Norwegian organist Nikolai Endresen Dahl from Silva Norvegica will be organized for piano students of Telsiai and Kretinga.

 

The project is financed by Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway in the framework of the program "Culture" and by Lithuanian Council for Culture.

 

8-11 November 2021

8 November 12.00 Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania, Vilnius

Press conference of the project

 

Varniai Church of St. Apostles Peter and Paul

10 November 12.30 Organ workshop and educational concert for children

10 November 15.00 Organ and early music master-course for pupils of Telsiai Music School

11 November 12.30  Final concert for children

11 November 17.30 Final evening concert for the general public

 

25-27 April 2022

Kretinga Franciscan Church

25 April 15 15.00 Organ and early music master-course for pupils of Kretinga Music School

26 April 13.00 Organ workshop and educational concert for children

27 April 13.00 Final concert for children

27 April 19.00 Final evening concert for the general public

 

23-25 May 2022

Kartena Church

23 d. 12.00 Organ workshop for children

24 d. 12.00 Educational concert for children

25 d. 12.00 Final concert for children

25 d. 17.30 Final evening concert for the general public

 

6-8 June 2022

Adakavas Church

6 June 12.00 Organ workshop for children

7 June 12.00 Educational concert for children

8 June 12.00 Final concert for children

8 June 17.30 Final evening concert for the general public

 

13-15 June 2022

Tauragės evangelikų liuteronų bažnyčia

13 June Organ workshop for children

14 June Educational concert for children

15 June Final concert for children

15 June Final evening concert for the general public

 

Artistic director of the project Rodrigo Calveyra

Early music ensembles Canto Fiorito (Lithuania) and Silva Norvegica (Norway)

 

Canto Fiorito:

Ieva Gaidamavičiūtė, soprano
Renata Dubinskaitė, mezzo-soprano
Saulė Šerytė, mezzo-soprano
Povilas Vanžodis, tenor
Nerijus Masevičius, bass
Rodrigo Calveyra, recorders, cornetto, artistic director
 
Silva Norvegica:

Marit Lund Bjørnsen, sackbut

Philipe Boyle, sackbut

Teodoro Baú, viola da gamba

Nikolai Endersen Dahl, organ