Lithuania's seashore goes classical

  • 2007-07-18
  • By Karina Juodelyte-Moliboga

AMBER AMBIENCE: Among the classical music offerings on Lithuania's coast in coming days will be performances at the Palanga Amber Museum, which makes its home in this grand, late 19th century manor house.

PALANGA - Summer is the time when the streets of Lithuania's cities empty out and all the action moves to the seashore, where sandy beaches and a packed entertainment schedule do a great job of pulling in the visitors. And this summer is no exception 's the Baltic Sea coast will ring with classical music July 20 - 24  as events in Nida and Palanga, the two most renowned Lithuanian resort towns, provide musical food for the soul.

The wave of classical music that will ripple through the seaside towns starts in Palanga. Those visiting for the weekend are likely to hit the beach first off. But anyone wary of sunburn or tired of beach-type amusement can head to the Amber Museum for classical music concerts, which have become a tradition there. You might start to feel like Count Tiskevicius, the past owner of the mansion, as you listen to classical melodies on the porch, enjoy the smell of roses in the garden and watch a wonderful sunset 's all for just 10 - 20 litas (2.90 - 5.80 euros).

On July 20 the Baltic accordion quintet Excelsior will entertain the public with the best pieces of classical accordion music. Even if it rains, you'll be able to enjoy the dreamy sounds of the accordions while sitting in a comfy fireplace room inside the mansion.
On July 22 love will flutter through the air of the museum in the form of the most beautiful love songs and poems 's a romantic Sunday evening for all those wanting to relax or to spend an evening with that special someone. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a theatrical performance and hear the voice of Lithuanian actress Nijole Narmontaite, as well as take a peek at some photo installations.

The Amber Museum isn't the only place in Palanga where visitors can catch some cultural action though. On July 21 Jurate and Kastytis squares will rumble with the rhythms of aboriginal dance as the Australian and Torres islands dance group Descendance entertains visitors with its traditional movements. This is a rare chance to see an authentic, international performance in Lithuania for free. Descendance has performed in 24 countries and is the most actively touring Australian group. Who knows, maybe you'll find it so captivating you'll want to try out the steps yourself.      

Nida will also be breathing the classical air starting July 24. If you happen to be in town on that day, stop by St. Mary's Christian Help Catholic Church to hear the opening concert of the IX International Chamber Music Summer Festival "Kursiu nerija 2007" (Curonian Spit 2007). This year's festival, which lasts through August 15, is dedicated to the best works of Mozart, though works of other classical composers will also be showcased.
It's impossible to predict what the weather is going to be like in coming days, but rain or shine, a classical music evening is well worth adding to your list of things to do if you're planning a Lithuanian beach getaway this summer.

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