Musical Encounters at the Lithuanian Embassy
Laima Jonutytė (mezzo-soprano)
Edvinas Minkštimas (piano)
July 16, 2013, 7:00 p.m.
The Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania
[masked] St. NW Washington, DC
[masked] or call[masked] ext. 113
This FREE program includes works by Enrico Toselli, Louis Guglielmi, Richard Rodgers, Miguel Sandoval, Vincenzo di Chiara, Georges Bizet, Gioachino Antonio Rossini, Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Kern.
The Concert is a part of Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union program in the United States. The event is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania and the Lithuanian-American Community of Washington, DC.
The DC Classical Music Meetup will be joining us at this performance, look for the organizer with a Meetup sign and say hello! They have a terrific calendar of classical music performances.
HOW TO GET THERE:
Closest Metro station is Columbia Heights (Green and Yellow Lines,) about a 15 minute walk by going West on Irving Street and then South on 16th Street. The Embassy is right on Metrobus Lines S2, S4, S1 and S9. Free street parking is usually available directly on 16th St NW at 6:30 p.m. when the local embassy reserved parking restrictions are lifted.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
Laima Jonutytė graduated from the Lithuanian Academy of Music in 1986, in 1991 finished her internship at the Academy and also was an intern in Denmark, where she studied with prof. A. Orlovitz. Since 1991 she has been a soloist with the opera company of the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. As requested by composer P. Eötvös, Ms. Jonutytė performed the role of Martina Laborde during premiere performances of “Love and Other Demons” shown in Strasbourg. The first two performances were conducted by Mr. Eötvös himself. The soloist collaborated with such conductors as Mstislav Rostropovich, Kszysztof Penderecki, Justus Frantz, Ingo Ernst Reihl, Juozas Domarkas, Jonas Aleksa, Gintaras Rinkevičius, Saulius Sondeckis, Petras Bingelis, Martynas Staškus, Vytautas Viržonis, Modestas Pitrėnas and others. Ms. Jonutytė participated in such festivals as Schlesvig-Holstein, Ravenna (Italy), International Music Festival San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Spain), International Festival of Sacred Music in Nuremberg (Germany), Haydn-Schubert (Vilnius), Pažaislis Music Festival and other festivals in Lithuania. She performed in Bulgaria, Spain, Hungary, Germany, USA, Great Britain, countries of Latin America, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus and elsewhere. Ms. Jonutyte's performance will include a program of international classics as well as the work of several Lithuanian composers, including: Richard Rodgers "Edelweiss", Miguel Sandoval "Bolero", Jerome Kern "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and Georges Bizet "Habanera" from "Carmen".
Edvinas Minkštimas is widely regarded as one of Europe’s top emerging young pianists, one whose extensive repertory, solid technique and musical expression have led him to perform throughout Europe and North America. Starting July, 2012, Minkstimas serves as a Jury and Board member of the Salzburg Festival and a Board member of Mahler Philharmoniker in Vienna, Austria. Highlights of this concert season include performances at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Carnegie Hall, soloist appearances with NSO, Arlington Philharmonic, Amadeus orchestra, Fairfax symphony orchestra, Mahler Philharmonic, Lithuanian National Philharmonic, upcoming concert tours in Europe and South America, among others. In[masked] Minkstimas performed with celebrated conductors Johannes Wildner, Christopher Zimmerman, and Scott Wood.In May 2011, Minkstimas received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School, New York, where he was recipient of the C.V. Starr Foundation Doctoral Fellowship and studied with Jerome Lowenthal. He previously received the Artist Diploma from the Paris Conservatory (CNSMDP) under the tutelage of Michel Beroff. Prior, Minkstimas studied in Lithuania with Veronika Vitaitė at the Lithuanian Academy of Music.