Čiurlionis House in Vilnius presents a new ‘YouTube’ series “Čiurlionis études with pianist Rokas Zubovas”

Rokas Zubovas

Every Wednesday at 5 pm, from March 10 to September 22, the YouTube channel of M. K. Čiurlionis House invites the audience to open every time a new page of Čiurlionis‘ music world.

The ongoing quarantine and the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are forcing cultural institutions to look for new opportunities, spaces and ways to communicate with lovers of culture. From February, M. K. Čiurlionis House in Vilnius started inviting people to visit its Internet accounts on Tuesdays and Thursdays and enjoy a wide range of information related to Čiurlionis’ life, work, environment and perpetuation. In kaleidoscopic messages addressed to a very wide audience, one can see both portraits of Čiurlionis‘ comrades and his childhood recollections, as well as the facts of perpetuating the memory of the artist that have been discovered all over the world.

On March 10, the Čiurlionis House “YouTube” channel is to start a six-month journey to the world of Čiurlionis‘ music by invitation from Rokas Zubovas, pianist and manager of Čiurlionis House in Vilnius. Every Wednesday at 5 pm, Čiurlionis‘ music lovers will be invited to listen to a new series of musical meetings under the title “Čiurlionis études with pianist Rokas Zubovas”. In these short shows created for the Čiurlionis House YouTube channel, the pianist will share his insights about Čiurlionis‘ creative work, the circumstances of the artist‘s life and era, and will play his grandfather‘s piano pieces. The series will consist of thirty musical encounters covering the entire oeuvre and life of the genius. The last, thirtieth meeting is planned for Čiurlionis‘ birthday on September 22.

“Čiurlionis études with pianist Rokas Zubovas” presents the musical legacy of M. K. Čiurlionis in thirty short concert films. First concert film introduces the earliest extant works of the composer.

In the form of these concert meetings, Čiurlionis House in Vilnius seeks to fill in the lack of cultural events caused by the quarantine restrictions, as well as to give music lovers the opportunity to satisfy their need for live cultural communication at least to some extent.

Pianist Rokas Zubovas has revealed that he came across the idea of ​​these series while looking for ways to avoid interrupting his concert and educational activities:

“During the quarantine, personally I find it very hard to face up the ever-changing conditions of organizing musical and cultural events, along with the ever-lingering uncertainty on when and under which circumstances we will be able to meet with lovers of music and culture. At the beginning, I was rather skeptical about the possibility of holding classical music concerts in the Internet or meeting music lovers online and playing live for them: the technical possibilities did not seem to ensure the quality and, at the same time, the essence of such communication. However, the months spent under quarantine conditions required a rethink of the circumstances and a search for means. I realized that the world of music will never be the same as it was just a year ago, and that we will become increasingly accustomed to discovering substitutes for live communication online. This is how the format of these musical meetings came about, I think, adapted to a very wide range of Internet users.”

M. K. Čiurlionis House invites the lovers of Čiurlionis‘ music to watch the shows of the series “Čiurlionis études with pianist Rokas Zubovas” on the YouTube channel.

Playlist –Etudes By M. K. Čiurlionis With Pianist Rokas Zubovas

“Info” of M. K. Čiurlionis House in Vilnius

Sistema ir dizainas: Jonas Lekevičius