The symbols of the Christopher Summer Festival are the singing bird created by graphic artist Petras Repšys and the image of St Christopher – the patron saint of travellers and Vilnius. The essence of the festival is encoded in these symbols – a broad musical panorama and the goal of revealing the capital city’s beauty, after all, the bird sings for everyone and everywhere!
This year’s theme for the festival is the World Music Garden. It will be revealed through music and spaces, creating an oasis for your relaxation. Each performer is like a plant that has absorbed up a variety of experiences and cultures, which shall bloom for all of us on the stage. There’ll be plenty to admire: the Lithuanian Armed Forces Headquarters Band will raise a powerful wave on the banks of the Neris River; the charismatic Blues Blast Music Awards nominee Bai Kamara Jr. will come to share his experiences from Sierra Leone; Miloš Karadaglić, titled as the God of Classical Guitar by The Times, will be making his first appearance in Lithuania; join Remis Rančys on an adventure, chasing his dreams; Peter Breiner will be presenting his world premiere, recently released on the Naxos label; and the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra will be performing megastar Karl Jenkins’ masterpiece Symphonic Adiemus together with the joint Aidija and M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art choirs.
All summer long, St Casimir’s Church will be full of the sounds from the best Oberlinger organ in the Baltic States, played by the most eminent organists from around the world. The Bernardine Gardens will be filled with the romance of piano music, while the cult music of Ludovico Einaudi will flow forth from a new festival space – the revived Trakų Vokė Manor Park.
Another novel addition to this year’s festival will be the musical picnics on the outskirts of the Karoliniškės Landscape Reserve, with its old, rambling, beautiful apple tree orchard just waiting to be discovered.
See you at the oasis of world music!
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