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Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, which started its creative activity five years ago, conducted by Modestas Pitrėnas invites to jubilee concerts at Kaunas State Philharmonic Hall on the 5th and 6th of February at 6 p.m.

The concert of the 5th of February will provide a rare occasion to meet with world-famous guests: the composer and pianist, legend of Latvian music Raimonds Pauls and an old friend of the orchestra, first principal conductor, violinist Pavel Berman (he will give a concert on the 6th of February too). 

The long-year partner of the stage, Kaunas State Choir (art director and principal conductor Petras Bingelis) will help the orchestra on the stage.

The festive programme will offer several premieres. One of the most mature works of Sergej Prokofjev – Concert for violin and orchestra in g minor Op. 63 will be performed. The climax of the concert will be the fantasy for the piano, orchestra and mixed choir "Theatre" by the Latvian composer Raimunds Pauls and Arturs Maskats, which will be performed by R. Pauls himself.

The programme also includes the overture of G.Kuprevičius “Birth of Orchestra“ created for the first concert of Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra, A. Borodin “Polovian Dances“ from the opera “Knight Igor“, and Choros No. 10, which is called “The Brazilian Response to L. van Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony“ by the Brazilian composer H. Villa Lobos.

Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra was founded in the autumn of 2004 at the decision of Kaunas City Council and invited to its first concert on the 5th of February of 2005. Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra grew from Kaunas Chamber Orchestra, which was founded in 1988 and since 2000 has been managed by Algimantas Treikauskas. From 1997 to 2005, the orchestra was conducted by the violinist Pavel Berman (Italy), and in 2006 Modestas Pitrėnas took over as principal conductor.

Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra gives concerts at home and abroad, including Latvia, Estonia, Norway and Italy, appears regularly at various international festivals, presents concert projects and gives thematic concerts. It participated in the popular LTV project “Arch of Triumph” in 2008 and 2009, in which it played more than 200 compositions. Many famous Lithuanian and foreign soloists and conductors have collaborated with the orchestra. The orchestra is formed of 60 musicians, and it is planned to have more than 80 musicians in the orchestra in future.


Raimonds Pauls (b. 1936) is a famous Latvian composer, pianist, conductor, arranger and producer. Music of R. Pauls sounds in the entire world: his albums and songs were released in all East European countries, CIS countries, Finland, USA, Canada, Japan, Israel, etc. The works of the composer reflect the wide outlook of the musician. Maestro has created more than 500 songs (70 for children), 300 instrumental arrangements on themes of popular, folk songs, jazz, classical works, music for 30 performances, music for more than 30 films, 3 ballets, 6 musical stage opuses. He has released more than 80 albums of songs and instrumental music; he has received various prestigious awards.


Pavel Berman (b. 1970) is a violinist well known in the world. He was the principal conductor of Kaunas Chamber Orchestra from 1997 and of Kaunas City Symphony Orchestra in 2005 – 2006. P.Berman graduated from Moscow P.Tchaikovsky Conservatoire. In 1987 he received the 2nd prize in Paganini violinists’ competition in Genoa (Italy), and in 1990 he won the 1st prize and gold medal in the international violinists’ competition in Indianapolis (USA). In 1992 – 1993 P.Berman studied at Juilliard School in New York. The meeting with the famous violinist Isaac Stern had a great impact on his creative road. The violinist gives concerts in the most prestigious concert halls of the world successfully. P.Berman organises international festivals of chamber music in Rome and Milano. P.Berman gave concerts with his father, legendary pianist Lazar Berman frequently. and KCSO info.