The XXVII Klaipeda Castle Jazz Festival, which will take place in the port city on the first weekend of August, promises an unforgettable celebration not only for fans of cheerful jazz improvisations, but also for spiritual choral art. August 8, 7 pm, Klaipeda St. The Sonantem Choir will give a concert in the Franciscan Church of Assisi. Music from the heart – this is what this ensemble from the small town of Kalvarija, located on the outskirts of Lithuania, is characterized by.
The Sonantem Choir came together eight years ago and became part of the non-governmental organization Skambėjimas. Association „Skambėjimas“ is a non-profit organization that actively works with young people in Kalvarija and helps to solve their employment problems. Ausma Sakalauskaitė, the chairwoman of the association, and the head of the Sonantem choir, say: “Music is one of the most unique ways to make people better. I don’t teach music – music teaches us. ”The choir is united by a love of song, warm relationships and a safe atmosphere. Only 5 people sang in the choir, which started 8 years ago. It currently has 23 members between the ages of 13 and 70, who, as amateurs only, perform complex pieces of choral music. The goal of the leader was to gather a choir of such a level in Kalvarija that would be able to participate in the song festivals and they managed to achieve this goal. Of the 3 choirs that were able to participate in song festivals a few years ago, only the choir Sonantem currently meets the selection criteria and is the only professional music distributor in the country. The Sonantem choir operates on a voluntary basis and is not funded by any institutions, but has a professional and unpaid choir director and concertmaster – Ausma Sakalauskaitė. “The choir lives on its personal resources, and its greatest resource is friends, like-minded people and people who believe in the power of music. I am very inspired by people and I find contact with them through immense gratitude and a sense of joy. Our choir stands out for two things: very „bright“ singing and warmth. „- states Ausma.
The choir’s repertoire consists of world-renowned composers V. Miškinis, V. Augustinas, M. Janowski, E. Esenvalds, L. Kairytė and others. choral music works performed in Lithuanian, English, Hebrew, Latin and other languages. The choir organizes professional music concerts in Kalvarija, participates in song festivals, festivals and competitions, where it wins not only applause from listeners, but also awards.
During the Klaipėda Castle Jazz Festival, the Sonantem Choir will perform in an exclusive space, where it is easy to feel the communion of souls and immerse yourself in music with the whole heart – Klaipėda St. Church of Francis of Assisi. “We are extremely happy to have the opportunity to hold a concert in such a wonderful sacred space, which is fully taken care of by the Franciscan brothers. I have no doubt that the Sonantem choir will bring even more hope, faith and light here, ”says the festival organizer Inga Grubliauskienė.
The XXVII Klaipeda Castle Jazz Festival will take place on August 5-7, at the Cruise Ship Terminal. Choir „Sonantem“ concert – Klaipeda St. At the Church of Francis of Assisi, 7 p.m. All events are free! More information: www.jazz.lt