Saturday, July 19, 2008

Who are they?

After watching a DVD - Vilnius in summer is terminally boring - found myself flicking onto a recording of a Filharmonija concert, with a chamber orchestra playing what I eventually identified as Copland's Appalachian Spring, played very carefully and with not that much pzazz. Rather slowly, too....

But who's the chamber orchestra? Foreign or local? I thought it might not be a famous foreign orchestra seeing the many empty seats in the auditorium (plus the quality of the playing). Looked a bit more at the players, their hairstyles, the dress (one male cellist wore a black shirt when all others wore white ones) and decided it was a Lithuanian band. But I knew no-one in it, nor the conductor. Most unusual!

Turns out that it is the Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra - with Daniel Gazon, a Belgian conductor. And then we have the Camerata Klaipeda, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, the Kaunas Chamber Orchestra, the St Christopher Chamber Orchestra and and and? Much music making, no?