CityTelling Festival. Kaunas Kantata
It is an extraordinary, immersive musical experience created especially for Kaunas and the people who love it. Composer Philip Miller (South Africa) and visual artist Jenny Kagan (Great Britain) invite you to find yourself in a labyrinth of music and video images in the Žalgiris Arena, where the viewer will be able to choose which sound or artist to listen to and which image to watch.
The cantata will be performed by:
soloist Rafailas Karpis (tenor),
soloist Agnė Stančikaitė (soprano),
soloist Steponas Zonys (bariton),
soloist Tshegofatso Moeng (SAR) (tenor),
reciters Bella Shirin and Violeta Rakauskaitė- Shtromas,
Kaunas Music Ensemble "Ainiai", "Kadujo" (Laura Lukenskienė, Roberta Daugėlaitė, Ramunė Balčiūnienė)
Kaunas city Symphony Orchestra (principal conductor Constantine Orbelian, director Algimantas Treikauskas),
Kaunas State Choir (artistic director ir principal conductor Robertas Šervenikas),
Kaunas Brass Orchestra „Ąžuolynas“ (principal conductor Giedrius Vaznys),
Student String Quartor of Vytautas Magnus University,
Vytautas Magnus University choir „Vivere Cantus“ (conductor Rolandas Daugėla),
Choir of the school of sacral music „Cantores David“ (conductor Mindaugas Radzevičius),
Choir of Juozas Naujalis music high school (conductor Rolandas Daugėla),
Choir „Cantate Domino“ (conductor Rolandas Daugėla),
Choir „Gintaras“ (conductor Jovita Kulakauskienė),
Sejny Theatre Klezmer Orchestra (Poland, director Michal Moniuszko),
Orchestrator - Jievaras Jasinskis,
Stage director – Chris Baldwin (Great Britain/Bulgaria),
Sound designer - Kęstutis Dulinskas,
Projections - Tomas Brazys,
Light designer - Lukas Zaveckas,
Stage management - Linas Kazlauskas, Renata Krapikaitė,
Producer - Ina Pukelytė,
Conductor of the Kantata - Karolis Variakojis,
Special thanks to David Wolfswinkel and Tshegofatso Moeng for additional orchestration.
The work was inspired by personal testimonials, memories, and a rich and multifaceted world of sound. Its creators ask: What does it mean to look into the face of “the other” and confront ourselves, and to look directly into the face of our own humanity? The music and songs featured in this project are a way to help us find commonality, discover shared bonds among painful stories, and build a new relationship with a controversial history. “In Kaunas Kantata we hear a multitude of voices. We listen to songs in different tongues and in different spaces. We experience moments of harmony and dissonance, cacophony and silence. And those moments when sound becomes one", says composer Philip Miller. His music currently accompanies William Kentridge's exhibition "That Which We Do Not Remember" in Kaunas.
The words spoken are from these witnesses and their testimonials:
Henny Fletcher Aronson, Galinis, Antanina Garmutė, Dalia Grinkevičiūtė, Siegfried Gronau, Natalija Gudonytė, Norbutus Jokubauskas, Pranas Jurkus, Margaret Kagan, Nijolė Lelkaitė Dov Levin, Rytė Merkytė, Jekaterina Minkevičienė, Juozas Mozūraitis, Tybie Orlin, Sulamif Shreyber Zhabinskaya, Myra Sklarew, Marytė Tiesnienė, Irena Veisaitė, Thomas Venclova, Aldona Žeibien.
Kaunas Kantata will be a walking experience, but for people with mobility problems seating possibilities will be provided. The duration of the work is 1 hour.
Organizer: Kaunas 2022