International Chamber Music Festival Continues


Kaunas welcomes the spring with youthful energy and beautiful music. Avanti 2014, international chamber music festival of young artists, is still bringing delight to music lovers in the city and will continue until early May. The festival is dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the university’s reestablishment.

Avanti seeks to please the fans of both classical and jazz music, and the roster of performers includes not only VMU Music Academy’s students, lecturers and graduates, but several guests as well: the Tallinn University Symphony Orchestra (Estonia) and the pupils of the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art.

“Our festival has become traditional: it is organized for the third year in a row. We are glad to see it become international this time as we are eagerly anticipating the arrival of the symphonic orchestra from Estonia. We are confident that the festival will be full of dynamic student spirit and youthful enthusiasm”, the festival’s coordinator, VMU master degree student Rita Bieliauskaitė commented before Avanti‘s first concert this year.

In the opening event on 29 March, the VMU Music Chamber Orchestra performed together with winners of international contests, nationally and internationally recognised soloists and musicians: Liudas Mikalauskas (bass), Virginija Unguraitytė (piano), Andrius Apšega (baritone), Margarita Garmutė (violin), etc. The programme included pieces by Mozart, Ravel, Britten, Kuprevičius, Bagdonas and other composers.

Throughout April, the festival presents six free-of-charge concerts at a concert hall in Kaunas (K. Donelaičio Str. 60): music lovers are promised a variety of new interpretations of jazz and Brazilian bossa nova, a piano extravaganza, a concert entitled “Strings in Spring”, an evening of vocal chamber music, and shows featuring performances of flute, trombone and accordion musicians.

At the end of the month, on 30 April, 6 p.m., Avanti organizers will invite audiences to attend an evening at the Kaunas National Philharmonic together with the pupils of Čiurlionis School of Art and the VMU Music Chamber Orchestra. The closing concert at 6 p.m. on 2 May will be dedicated to symphonic music, which will be performed by the symphonic orchestras of Tallinn University and the VMU Music Academy.

The Avanti chamber music festival is organized by the VMU Music Academy and the VMU Chamber Orchestra. It is sponsored by the Kaunas City Municipality.

Festival programme (in Lithuanian)

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