A classical delight in Lithuania

 

Lithuanian violinist Paul Syrrist-Gelgotos performing with his wife/colleague from Norway, Torril Syrrist-Gelgotos on cello at Vilnius town hall, moving the audience with their harmonies. Photograph by: Alexandria Molony

Lithuanian violinist Paul performing with his colleague from Norway, on cello at Vilnius town hall, moving the audience with their harmonies. Photo: Alexandria Molony

Last night Vilnius Town Hall was filled with many teary eyes after experiencing the musical delight that made up one of the sixteen performances that are occurring over the next month as a part of the annual music festival in Lithuania, ‘Sugrįžimai’.  

By Alexandria Molony

Lithuanian violinist Paul Syrrist-Gelgotos, without a doubt performed to impress, woeing the crowd with his heart-felt symphonies that gave a sense of nostalgia. Toril Syrrist-Gelgotos (Norway) played the cello and Vizbaras Alexander (Lithuania) played the piano to create magnificent harmonies that took the audience on an emotional ride.

A musical tradition

'Sugrįžimai' an annual festival celebrating the musical endeavours of Lithuania. Photograph by: Alexandria Molony

‘Sugrįžimai’ an annual festival celebrating the musical endeavours of Lithuania. Photo: Alexandria Molony

The fifteen year old festival began on 8th of April and will continue through to 15th of May, hosting 12 Lithuanian performers living abroad and their international colleagues, with assistance by a 20-Lithuanian musicians. The festival is considered to be a culturally significant event that celebrates the endeavours of Lithuanian musicians.

Mayor of  Vilnius ArtŪras Zuokas emphasised the importance of the musical tradition in a note written the performers of 2013.

-We really need you to bring back the spiritual culture and creative ideas that support you abroad and are so much needed in today’s Lithuania. May you be an example to Vilnius and Lithuania’s artists scattered all over the world. However famous and prestigious the stages that fate offers to you may be, it is Lithuania that will be the most eager to welcome you.-

Listeners will be given the opportunity to indulge in a wide variety of diverse music types with internationally recognised and award winning artists.

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Lithuanian violinist Paul Syrrist-Gelgotos and pianist Vizbaras Alexander performing at Vilnius Town Hall