CULTURAL RELATIONS BETWEEN GEORGIA AND LITHUANIA CONTINUE:
WORLD MUSIC PROJECTS OF THE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL "POKROV BELLS" WILL BE PLAYED IN TBILISI IN APRIL
This year the audience of Tbilisi and Vilnius will have a chance to see unforgettable concerts organized by the Vano Sarajishvili Tbilisi State Conservatory together with The Centre of Folklore and Ethnography of the Ethnic Minorities in Lithuania. The idea of this large-scale cultural project was supported by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth of Georgia, the Ministry of Culture of Lithuania, the Council for Culture of Lithuania, the Department of National Minorities under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania, the City Hall of Vilnius, as well as the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Georgia, the Embassy of Georgia in the Republic of Lithuania.
The Centre of Folklore and Ethnography of the Ethnic Minorities in Lithuania, being the organizer of the international festival “POKROV BELLS”, annually commissions composers to compose works in the style of world music, based on the folklore of different nations. 14 opuses have already been created, which, with constant success, are heard in the Lithuanian National Philharmonic and in prestigious halls of different countries.
In November 2022, at the festival “Pokrov Bells”, held at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic, the premiere of the work “ORERO” by the Lithuanian composer Jievaras Jasinskis, based on Georgian folklore, was held with great success. The project, led by the brilliant conductor Modestas Pitrenas, performed by the soloists of the Tbilisi group “SHARA”, Arina Zakharova (ethnic vocals, Lithuania), the string quartet of K. Vardeli, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and famous Lithuanian musicians made the audience go crazy with the applaus, which did not let the artists go off the stage for the longest time.
A year earlier, the premiere of “PERPETUUM” by the composer Leonas Somovas, performed by the author (electronic) as well as the Vilnius folklore ensemble “ARINUŠKA”, the Čiurlionis quartet, took place with the same success.
These two bright works will also be performed in the Great Hall of the Tbilisi Conservatory - on April 8th, 2023, a joint concert of Georgian and Lithuanian ethnic music performers - the ensembles “SHARA” and “ARINUSKA” with the String Quartet of K. Vardeli and the Symphony Orchestra of the Tbilisi Conservatory, conductor - Levan Jagaev .
During November-December 2023, performances by the “SHARA” Ensemble and the Symphony Orchestra of the Tbilisi Conservatory are planned at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic and the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.