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In Kaunas this September: Music

The calendar might be signalling it’s not summer anymore, but September does not stop Kaunasians from enjoying live music in both open-air and indoor venues.

The calendar might be signalling it’s not summer anymore, but September does not stop Kaunasians from enjoying live music in both open-air and indoor venues. Below, find the concerts we recommend attending this month if you’re in Kaunas. And please don’t forget wearing a face mask is mandatory in all kinds of events as of August 1.

09 04 – 09 05
“Kaunas Jazz 2020” autumn show
Vienybės square
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The 30th festival was supposed to be one of the biggest events this spring; you know where all the plans went. There’s still a chance to meet up and share the sentiments of the past festivals, surrounded by fantastic music. On the first night, the stage will be given to swing queens “The Ditties’ and Kaunas Big Band; on Saturday, Vienybės square will welcome the Estonian singer Sofia Rubina with her band and the crowd’s favourites “Saulės kliošas”.

Sunday, 09 06
4th International Kaunas Carillon Music Festival
Garden of Vytautas the Great War Museum, K. Donelaičio g. 64
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This year’s program is special because, like most cultural events, it faced the challenges of a global pandemic, during which, not only acquired a variety of themes and forms but also led to the strengthening of partnerships with neighbouring countries. The programme will feature two carillonists from Gdansk (Poland): Monika Kaźmierczak and Anna Kasprzycka. Their modern and conceptual programs played in the carillon tower of Gdansk will be presented in video format to the listeners in Kaunas.

The President of Carillion Guild, carillonist of many years from Kaunas Julius Vilnonis will deliver a special festival programme consisting of classical and contemporary compositions by himself and other Lithuanian and foreign composers. His concert will be crowned with the Preludium in memoriam M. K. Čiurlionis by Giedrius Kuprevičius. Also on the list – Stanislovas Žilevičius, a carillonist from Klaipėda. 

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Photo by I. Navickaitė

Saturday, 09 05, 5 pm
Festival “Autumn Devastation XI”
Club “Lemmy”, Girstupio g. 1
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The sole club for live music that’s heavier than your average playlist hosts the festival every autumn. This time, there’s space for Andragora (melodic death metal, Vilnius), NRCSSST (atmospheric post-black metal, Vilnius), Berserker (melodic metal, Vilnius) and Grimsphere (death metal, Alytus). The dress code is obviously black.

Monday, 09 07, 7 pm
Live: “Abudu”
“Laukas”, Nepriklausomybės a. 12

“Abudu” are not so young anymore; their music is fresh nevertheless. The band has just released a new album called “Gaisras”, meaning “Fire”, and they’re off to set your feet on fire. Catch them in one of the hottest open-air spots in Kaunas this year, located on the footsteps of M. Žilinskas Gallery of Art.

Sunday, 09 13, 6 pm
Live: Duo Doyenne 
Kaunas State Philharmonic, L. Sapiegos g. 5

Anna Szałucka (Poland) and Monika Mašanauskaitė (Lithuania) are both young and very talented piano players, each representing her own background and aiming for the highest possible achievements in the world of music. Together, they’re a perfect chamber duo that loves playing Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel and Sergey Rachmaninov.

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Monika Mašanauskaitė and Anna Szałucka. Photo from the archive of the artists

Sunday, 09 20, 2 pm
Family afternoon “Džiazolendas” [“Jazzland”]
Kaunas State Philharmonic, L. Sapiegos g. 5

Composed by Jievaras Jasinskas, the jazzy musical fairytale for kids and teenagers is a continuation of the educational traditions of the concert company “Kaunas Santaka”.

Friday, 09 25, 6 pm
Live: “Aidi Ataidi”
Kaunas Municipal Vincas Kudirka Public Library 
Youth, Art and Music Department, A. Mapu g. 18

The folk music band from Vilnius is young and likes to share their visions of ethnic music with the audience. You’ll hear both original Lithuanian songs and their creative interpretations – and, yes, you’ll be invited to sing along. The concert is the final event of the library’s project “Etnosodas”. 

Tuesday, 09 29, 6 pm
Concert “Edvard Grieg’s sonatas”
Kaunas State Philharmonic, L. Sapiegos g. 5

Violinist Raimondas Butvila and pianist Alexander Paley, colleagues and study mates at the P. Tchaikovsky Conservatory in Moscow, have shared the stage numerous times. Continuing the creative cooperation, the colleagues present Lithuanian listeners their new programme featuring Edvard Grieg’s sonatas for violin and piano. “It’s a monographic programme that allows one to penetrate deeply into the composer’s style and heart to understand better what inspired the creator. Grieg’s sonatas are rarely performed together. They were written at different periods, and that allows one to see how the musical language changed and became richer”, say the performers.

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Photo from the archive of the artists

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