North-eastern classical – a London debut for the Baltic Music Society on 20 June

The newly-formed Baltic Music Society in London hosts its debut concert of classical chamber music this coming Saturday on 20 June, in Notting Hill.

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This first concert features music by Erki Sven-Tüür, Jāzeps Vītols and a host of living composers including Arvo Pärt. It includes the world premiere of a specially commissioned new work – ‘Memories of Lithuania’ by Keith Burstein, a British composer of Lithuanian descent – and music by a wide range of Baltic state composers including Zita Bružaitė, Bronius Kutavičius, Anatolijus Šenderovas, and Ariel Anenburg.

The Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia lie on one of the critical geopolitical faultlines of the world and yet still little is known of their culture in the West. However the burgeoning creativity of the region now promises a new wave of cultural riches. The Baltic Music Society exists to explore, present and introduce music from or inspired by the Baltic region. The world refracted through the amber stone of the Baltic – a new light from a new music. Join them at the beginning of this pathway of discovery.

Programme:

Zita Bružaite – Novelette
Bronius Kutavičius – Three Metamorphoses
Jāzeps Vītols – Romance
Erkki-Sven Tüür – Piano Sonata
Keith Burstein – Trio for Viola, Clarinet and Piano, “Memories of Lithuania” (world premiere)
Anatolijus Šenderovas – Cantus in memoriam Jascha Heifetz
Arvo Pärt – Spiegel im Spiegel
Keith Burstein – PianoWorks
Ariel Anenburg – Images

Performers:

Jelena Makarova, Rimantas Vingras, Kristiina Rokashevich, Keith Burstein – piano
Antanas Makštutis – clarinet
Orpheus Papafilippou – violin,
Barbara Gumėnaitė – viola.

Expect a broad range of musical voices, from folk-inspired pieces to torrid, fractured flights of neo-romantic piano through to Pärt’s familiar “holy minimalism”. More information is here, and tickets are at the door – price £10.00.

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