Donato Ravini, tenor
Aistė Širvinskaitė-Ruškienė, soprano
Boys and young men choir "Ąžuoliukas"
Rūta Blaškytė, piano
Vigailė Karpavičiūtė, presenter
Italian tenor, author of successful classics events, Donato Ravini presents the program "Traveling through the World". Listeners are invited to join a miracle-promising journey in time and across our planet - from Lithuania, America, Europe to Russia. Such a various program with the pieces of J. Širvinskas, J. Kern, N. Rota, Albeniz, A. Lara, C.Debussy, G. Verdi, will allow you to feel different feelings and to remind different memories, or maybe blow up with big dreams. The amazing beautiful piece created specially for the world tenor Andrea Bocelli, one of the most famous Italian singers of modern times, and for his stage friend S. Brightman Canto della terra (Song of the Earth) will be part of this program. The well-known choir „Ąžuoliukas“ participate in the song‘s show and will sing together with soloists. This magnificent anthem will be dedicated to every listener and our beloved Earth. Soloist Aistė Širvinskaitė-Ruškienė, who is celebrating her fiftieth anniversary this year, will perform her favorite works from musicals, romances and "Cloud Song" written by her dad, the famous film composer Juozas Širvinskas from the musical "Journey to Atata".At the end of the program we will sing bright and joyful duet from Giuseppe Verdi‘s opera „La Traviata“ and it is „Brindisi“.
Boys and young men choir „Ąžuoliukas“ is a choir with long story of 62 years, well-known for different generations. Its brand and values that each time presents his leader maestro Vytautas Miškinis become the national heritage. The participation of choir is a great gift to all concert guests. They will sing „Song of the Earth“ and one more piece which will be dedicated to upcoming Saint Christmas.
Donato Ravini studied classical singing with the famous and unique Italian baritone Lino Puglisi, who was one of the most memorable Otelo. For more than 15 years, he has appeared as a soloist in theatres, national and international festivals, operas, concerts and performances, and has created and presented himself to the audience as an author and artistic director. D. Ravini has sang and presented himself to the audience with italian and foreign artists, among them are: Carlo Di Cristoforo, Antonio Pergolizzi, Alla Popova, An Sungmin, OhgeonYoon, Massimiliano Franchina, Paolo Subrizi and many others. The artist is an interpreter of classical Italian music, opera, classical Neapolitan and Spanish music, and his singing style comes from the Italian belcanto school, which was passed on to him by his teachers, especially the baritone Lino Puglisi. His repertoire includes various characters of the most popular and important italian and foreign opera creators, such authors as G.Verdi, G.Puccini, G.Donizetti, G.Rossini, V.Bellini, G.Bizet, J.Massenet, F.Lehar and others.
Singing studies Aistė Širvinskaitė graduated in prof. I.Milkevičiūtė class. At the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, the soloist played roles in operas: B. Dvarionas "Dalia", P. Tchaikovsky's "Eugenijus Oneginas", G. Verdi "Aida" and R. Wagner's "Valkirija". In the repertoure of A. Širvinskaitė there are huge instrumental vocal works: "Magnificat" ofJ.S. Bach, "Dixit Dominus" and "Acis ir Galatėja" of G.F. Handel, "Coronation mass“ of W.A.Mozart ", „Christam Oratory“ of C. Saint-Saenso and others. Every year the soloist with her colleagues the pianist Rūta Blaškytė and the violonist Miglė Dikšaitienė in the composition of trio RAMuzika participates at the program of Lithuanian National Filharmony and presents the concert.
Rūta Blaškytė is a concertmaster of Kaunas State Musical Theatre, a great pianist, participant and creator of various festivals, concerts. With other artists (K. Alčauskas, V. Kochanskytė, D. Jankauskaitė, T. Ladiga, M. Lukošiūtė, D. Michelevičiūtė, R. Preikšaitė, P. Venslovu) performed programs in various cities of Lithuania that were dedicated for E. Grieg, H. Berlioz, Cz.Milosz, S. Ladigiene and others.
Look at this Earth, that rotates with us, even when it is dark, look at this Earth that is turning for us and gives us some sunhine. (Song of the Earth. Words by Lucio Quarantotto, music by Francesco Sartori).