Baltic States are joining forces in creating a musical performance for a historical celebration. The Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra and the Estonian National Male Choir present a concert to mark the memorable year 1918 when Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia embarked on a new route – the route of freedom. The musicians offer a selection of works by the representatives of all three Baltic States – Pēteris Vasks (Latvia), Erkki-Sven Tüür (Estonia) and Justė Janulytė (Lithuania), a recipient of the Lithuanian National Prize, the highest award of arts and culture in Lithuania, in 2017.
Justė Janulytė. Commenting on her new piece, Justė Janulytė, said: “The phrase ‘here at the quiet limit of the world’ from the poem Tithonus by Lord Alfred Tennyson became not only the title of the piece but also inspiration to reflect the phenomenon of the limits through musical metaphors. How can the separating limit between earth and sky be captured while one is still within the earth and another is already the sky?! The strings and voices in this composition are conceived as opposite elements: while the orchestra is going down and shrinking, the choir is rising up and expanding, until their trajectories, dimensions of space and time merge and the limits disappear.”
This exceptional Baltic programme is presented by the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (Artistic Director Sergej Krylov), the Estonian National Male Choir (Director and Conductor Mikk Üleoja) and soloists Ka Bo Chan (countertenor), Valter Soosalu (tenor), Ott Indermitte (baritone). A concert at the Klaipėda Concert Hall in Lithuania (January 25th) will be the first stop on the route of the Baltic Freedom throughout the Baltic States. The project will move on to the Kaunas State Philharmonic (January 26th) and the Lithuanian National Philharmonic in Vilnius (January 27th). The following performances will continue in Estonia: Vanemuine Concert Hall, Tartu (April 24th), Jõhvi Concert Hall (April 25th), Estonian Concert Hall, Tallinn (April 26th), Pärnu Concert Hall (April 27th).
Information from MICL
 Ilona Būdeniece, ‘Librogenre in the Oeuvre of the Latvian Composer Pēteris Vasks’, Lietuvos muzikologija [Lithuanian Musicology], T. 14, 2013, p. 109.