Vilnius 700 presents:
On the sixth evening of the festival, the Courtyard of the Palace of the Great Dukes will become a collage. The premiere work in the original format will combine the cinematography of Eitvydas Doškus, the sound compositions of Paulius Kilbauskas and Vygintas Kisevičius, and the live music and documentary footage of the Bel Canto choir and orchestra (conductor Modestas Pitrėnas).
The city, which you know to the point of pain, shows a completely different face to others and speaks to you in unheard voices. It is worth questioning “is it Vilnius?” and experience a unique artistic interpretation of the capital. The features of the city that emerge in the emotions of images and sounds frame by frame, beat by beat will create an authentic audiovisual portrait of Vilnius: today’s, historical, constantly changing.
E. Doškus, one of today’s most famous Lithuanian cinematographers, stands out with his special artistic insight. The aesthetics of the images he creates are characterized by a careful search for solutions in light and color, as well as ambiguous landscapes. The works of the cinematographer who collaborated with Šarūnas Bartas, Deimantas Narkevičius, Emilija Škarnulytė, and other well-known filmmakers and video artists was awarded the “Silver Crane” (“Sidabrinė Gervė”) and “Oak” (“Ąžuolas”), the main prizes of Lithuanian cinematographers. Films filmed by E. Doškus have been shown several times at Cannes, San Sebastian, and other prestigious international film festivals.
The duo of composers P. Kilbauskas and V. Kisevičius is well known to both music lovers and cinephiles. Having gone down in history as flag bearers of legendary musical phenomena, such as the band “Empti” or “Kurak”, composers are now focusing on creating soundtracks for motion pictures. “El Padre Medico” (dir. Vytautas Puidokas), “Sasha was here” (dir. Ernestas Jankauskas) and “Spoguli Spoguli” (dir. Laila Pakalnina) are just a few examples of works by P. Kilbauskas and V. Kisevičius in cinema. The duo’s compositions are also on the lists of the highest Lithuanian film awards “Silver Crane” – not only nominees but also winners.
The Bel Canto choir (artistic director docent Egidijus Kaveckas) is a mixed independent choir that has won the Grand Prix at the “Incanto Mediterraneo” Choir Competition in Italy (2019), a gold medal at the World Choir Olympics (2014). The choir also participated in prestigious choir competitions in Busan (South Korea), Tolosa and Torrevieja (Spain). Bel Canto became the first Lithuanian choir to present an official YouTube channel and publish their music on Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music. In 2016 for the first time in the country’s choral music history, the choir conducted a joint project with Eric Whitacre, one of the world’s most famous composers and conductors, Grammy laureate, TED speaker, and author of Virtual Choir. In 2018 Bel Canto realized “Open to the World“, the most ambitious musical project in the choir’s history. The choir has performed in seven concerts of the cycle with the world’s most famous contemporary composers Eric Whitacre and Ola Gjeilo, the best Swedish choirs Svanholm Singers, and Sofia Vokalensemble, the elite vocal ensemble VOCES8 (UK), and the Swiss choir “Männerstimmen Basel”. The choir’s “Open to the World” concerts were watched live by 3 500 spectators, and information about the project reached hundreds of thousands of the country’s population.
The event is part of the Vilnius 700th anniversary programme. Find out more at www.700vilnius.lt.