International Kaunas Carillon Festival is Here!

Something beautiful is happening once again, in Kaunas, this weekend.

I was there everytime since the beginning and I can see how this event is growing in power and importance for the whole Kaunas’ cultural life.

82 years ago 49 bells started ringing in the tower of Vytautas the Great War Museum and if you wonder what to do while Laisvės alėja (Liberty Ave AKA the main Kaunas’prominent pedestrian street in the city of Kaunas) is being renewed, in what is, in theory, the last summer weekend, well I had an idea.

Kaunas Artists’ House has organized a beautiful festival that will take place (today and tomorrow), here.

The programme can be found on the Facebook event or you can read it down below.

🔔 THE PROGRAMME OF THE FESTIVAL

31 August
3 pm Iryna Riabchun (UA) “Dedication to Johann Sebastian Bach”
4 pm Julius Vilnonis (LT) “Baroque and 20th Century Music”
9 pm A Dialogue Between the Carillon and the Vibraphone: a Programme of Lights and Music
Marius Šinkūnas (vibraphone, LT), Anna Kasprzycka, Iryna Riabchun, Julius Vilnonis, Stanislovas Žilevičius “After they turned into birds…”

2-4.30 pm Educational programmes by M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art and Vytautas the Great War Museum
2-5 pm Kaunas Artists’ House Cultural Information Centre

1 September
3 pm Anna Kasprzycka (PL) “Stories and Emotions”
4 pm Stanislovas Žilevičius (LT) “A Mosaic of Bells: from Baroque to Today”

2-4.30 pm Educational programmes by M. K. Čiurlionis National Museum of Art and Vytautas the Great War Museum
2-5 pm Kaunas Artists’ House Cultural Information Centre

All festival events are free to attend.

When I try to make my pitch ideally named “Carillon for Beginners”, the first instrument that comes to my mind is obviously piano.
Although the comparison might not be the most accurate, it gives a rough idea of what my wife is doing in the tower to the man in the street.
However the prize for the closest known instrument goes to vibraphone, which is a full-fledged lean carillon (meaning that in carillon one does not ring the bells directly, with any hammer or stick).

Today at 9pm you will see what I thik will be a beautiful dialogue, hearing pieces played by Carillon and Vibraphone, where music will meet with what seems already to be a gorgeous play of lights.

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