It’s time to switch the “stop” button to “play”! Let’s get together at the Christopher Festival’s concerts from July 22. This year’s theme is summer-time discoveries. What they’ll be depends on you. Meanwhile, our most pleasant discovery will not only be that we can’t wait to see you, but that you too can’t wait for the festival!
The main festival stage will be in the Grand Courtyard of Vilnius University. Future Cello will shake the stage with their powerful fix of cello and electronica. The Jacob Gurevitch Trio (loved by over 20 million fans all over the world) will enchant you with their Spanish melodies. The forever impressive classical music rock stars, the New Ideas Chamber Orchestra with conductor Gediminas Gelgotas at the fore, will be taking a new look at the music of Radiohead. Baltos varnos will dress their music up in the sound of strings, while singer Gabrielė Vilkickytė will fill your souls with authenticity. And Grammy award winners Kremerata Baltica will gently caress the hearts of music gourmets like a refreshing summer breeze.
Meanwhile, we’ll all be near the fountain in the Bernardine Gardens for some piano music, and Music on Water will again be heard on the banks of the Neris River. The organ at St Casimir’s Church will be in the hands of the finest organ players around the world, while the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra with maestro Gintaras Rinkevičius and eminent soloists will bring the festival to a resounding final accord.
It’s no secret that this year has tested us with various challenges. In order to adapt to these changes, we have made a number of decisions which we’d like to share with you:
– the festival start date will be pushed back from June 27 to July 22 (it will now run from July 22 to September 22);
– the events (except for organ music concerts) are being moved to outdoor spaces;
– appearances by foreign artists are being postponed to 2021;
– due to maintenance work at St Casimir’s Church, the Sacred Music Hours cycle is being postponed. The first concert of the cycle will be on August 18.
The Christopher Summer Festival welcomes its 23rd summer having received exceptional international acclaim – the EFFE Label. It is awarded for artistic quality, innovation, for including the local community and raising interest across Europe and the world. The jury commission recognised the Christopher Summer Festival for embodying “European spirit, because of its management, program, values and collaborations and the strength of the Festival is its openness to audiences all around Lithuania and its innovative dimension”.
Having found itself among the finest in Europe, this year the Christopher Summer Festival will be a part of the EFFE international media campaign, inviting audiences to intriguing appearances and popularising Lithuania’s name across the world.
Spanning but a few concerts in the capital’s churches and courtyards 24 years ago, today the Christopher Festival invites audiences to over 40 different events in July and August, and ranks among Europe’s finest.
Aside from the awards it received in 2017, it was also a recipient of the international mark of quality, the EFFE Label. This Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe prize is awarded for artistic quality, innovation and involvement of the local community, creating interest in Europe and the world.
However, from its very inception, the Christopher Festival’s greatest value has been the discoveries made by its audiences. It introduces them to the world’s most interesting musicians under the vaulted ceilings of fine churches, under the summer sky, in ornate manors and in the surrounds of nature. The festival demonstrates just how powerful the limitless imagination of musicians can be, broadening our horizons.
The Christopher Festival is the first to open up new performance spaces in the capital. Some have become an integral part of where Vilnius locals spend their leisure time – such as St Catherine’s Church and the Vilnius University Botanical Gardens (Kairėnų St). This year we will be introduced to the industrial side of town at the VGTU LinkMenų Fabrikas, where we will feel as if we’re at a vibrant New York loft party.
But this is just a fraction of what we would like to share with you, trusting that the Christopher Festival will be a source of inspiration and good emotions for the new season.
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