Celebration of the mandolin and orchestra with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, S. Krylov, A. Avital

Wednesday 3 June, 19:00, Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall

Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall, Vilnius

Artistic director, conductor and soloist SERGEJ KRYLOV (violin)

AVI AVITAL (mandolin, Israel)

Celebration of the mandolin and orchestra with the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, S. Krylov, A. Avital
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH – Concerto for keyboard and orchestra in D minor, BWV 1052 (version for mandolin and orchestra)
ANTONIO VIVALDI – Concerto for lute and orchestra in D major, RV 93 (version for mandolin and orchestra)
ARVO PÄRT – Fratres for violin and strings;
ARVO PÄRT – Tabula rasa for two violins, prepared piano and strings

The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra shares the stage with Avi Avital, a mandolin virtuoso from Israel. In 2010, the astounding mandolinist has been nominated for a Grammy award (Best Instrumental Soloist with Ensemble) and in 2012 signed a record agreement with Deutsche Grammophon. Avital has earned recognition at the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall (New York), Wigmore Hall (London), the Berlin Philharmonie, Konzerthaus (Vienna), the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing) as well as concert halls in Canada and the USA. With the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra he toured Australia, with the Venice Baroque Orchestra – Croatia, Italy and Mexico. The soloist seeks to rehabilitate the mandolin as a solo instrument. The presshas described Avital’s playing as “everything you never dreamed a mandolin could do… truly breathtaking in virtuosity and dedication.”

This concert pays tribute to Arvo Pärt, an Estonian composer residing in Germany, on the occasion of his 80th anniversary. His music is attributed to sacred or mystical minimalist trend. Pärt had been the most performed contemporary composer in the world for four years in a row, announced Bachtrack, the classical music database. Pärt’s Fratres and Tabula rasa features violinist Sergej Krylov, the LCO’s artistic director always brimming with unique ideas, violinist Džeraldas Bidva and pianist Vaiva Eidukaitytė-Storastienė.