During Advent, the peace and quiet at home can be accompanied by meaningful pastimes in the city. Exclusive concerts of spiritual music, exhibitions enhancing the wait for the holidays and other festive activities decorate the December event calendar in Kaunas. Let's read it together.
As every year, in the Town Hall Square, the Kaunas Christmas tree is the centre of attraction. In addition, throughout December, Kaunas city institutions are organising free concerts, exhibitions and other events, open to city residents and guests. You can visit the Kaunas IN Tourism Information Center at the Kaunas Town Hall for up-to-date news and event listings. Alternatively, various cultural leisure ideas are published at kultura.kaunas.lt/en.
This extremely festive exhibition presents a collection of 442 New Year and Christmas cards by art critic and philosopher Paulius Andriuškevičius. The aim is not only to show the postcards on display to the public but also to acquaint the audience with the Soviet ideology and the artistic means used during the occupation.
Meet the holidays by listening to bell music concerts. Every Sunday in December at 4 pm, carillon music will be played in the garden of Vytautas the Great War Museum. Carillonist Austėja Staniunaitytė-Proietta will ring the bells.
Gregory Porter, a singer who became a worldwide sensation a decade ago, is one of the most striking music phenomena of today. His voice shines over the jazz scene as well as the pop music scene. The Kaunas Jazz festival occupies a special place in the heart of the singer; Porter, who visited the festival for the first time in 2013, immediately won the public sympathy prize – he also loved the atmosphere of this event and since then has always enjoyed invitations to return to Lithuania.
“Gregory Porter is very demanding of the local musicians with whom he performs, so his agreement to hold a joint concert can already be called the victory of the Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra,” say the organizers of Kaunas Jazz.
For the first time, the works “Misa Criolla” and “Navidad Nuestra” by the famous Argentine composer Ariel Ramirez (1921–2010) will be performed in Kaunas
The program will be delivered by an exceptional line-up of professional performers, including the composer’s nephew Ariel Velirez, a bandon virtuoso who will perform for the first time in Lithuania, and the band Sierra Manta playing authentic Andean instruments.
This project was born of a happy coincidence. The music of African nations, based on a unique rhythm, has always fascinated the famous drummer Arvydas Joffė. African bass guitarist Ken Cassie came to study with him this year. Teacher and a student soon became good friends and decided to present the listeners with a joint project of African religious songs from the Christmas period, decorated with authentic music and jazz harmony and rhythms.
Flash Voyage, a band that symbolises the contemporary instrumental music scene in Kaunas, are hosting an acoustic concert in their second home, a former synagogue in Žaliakalnis. A ticket can become a great gift!
SUNDAY, 12 26, 17:00
CONCERT “CHRISTMAS FOR EVERYONE”
KAUNAS CHRIST’S RESURRECTION BASILICA, ŽEMAIČIŲ G. 31A
Kaunas Wind Orchestra Ąžuolynas invites everyone to a traditional yet different Christmas concert together with the Vilnius State Choir. A melodic and hopeful festive program will be played, started by the Christmas carols of Lithuanian Music Patriarch Juozas Naujalis. The pages of choral initiatives and composer Joseph M. Martin’s Christmas cantata “Invitation to a Miracle” will present the story of Christ’s birth; the culmination of the concert will be the the Latin Gospel Mass of the Dutch composer Jacob de Haan.
Almost a week of events at the philharmonic, between Christmas and New Year is truly a festive tradition. On the list are melodies inspired by exotic lands, operetta, symphonic journeys, the legendary cantata “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff and the most talented musicians performing it all.
MONDAY, 12 27, 6 PM
KAUNAS STATE MUSICAL THEATER, LAISVĖS AL. 91
G. Verdi’s opera Traviata, performed in Kaunas on December 31, 1920, became the first show of a professional Lithuanian opera house and marked the beginning of Lithuanian professional opera. The new production by Anželika Cholina continues tradition of the existence of this legendary opera on the stage of this theatre.
Asmik Grigorian, Lithuania’s finest and one of the most beautiful voices in the world, together with her mother Irena Milkevičiūtė and the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra (conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius), will give the exceptional gift of talent in a single concert in Kaunas.
One of the most popular programs of the Vytautas Magnus University Chamber Orchestra will be performed in a traditional festive concert. You’ll hear waltzes, polkas, marches, and arias and duets from various operettas.