CATcerto Lithuanian TV Nora The Piano Cat Mindaugas Piecaitis





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Published on Jun 8, 2009

CATcerto. Performance date: 05.06.2009. Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra, conductor and composer Mindaugas Piecaitis. www.piecaitis.eu

English translation:

Klaipedas Concert Hall is continuing its educational project for children: "The Playful Music Orchestra". There is a special surprise for the young audience at tomorrows concert: the premiere of conductor Mindaugas Piecaitiss composition for a cat and orchestra.

The concerts soloist the cat Nora lives and plays in the United States. Mindaugas Piecaitis says he learned about this unusual, world-famous performer, whose recordings have been produced on a DVD, by chance through an e-mail he received.

Mindaugas Piecaitis: "I got in touch with her owners and we began to speak completely spontaneously about perhaps using some of her images at a childrens concert and composing a piece especially for her. I dont think there is anything like this in the world as yet."
The piece composed for the cat will be played for the first time in Klaipeda tomorrow, later it should travel to the United States. The composition lasts barely four minutes, however, according to the composer it is truly a challenge for the orchestra.
Mindaugas Piecaitis: "The biggest difficulty is that video material is not live. That means that there is a performer with whom you cannot exchange a glance saying: waitor lets go together...Here you have to know all the material very well and very precisely.

It is not only a cat that will be playing in the second concert for children, "The Playful Music Orchestra", initiated by Mindaugas Piecaitis. Along with the Klaipeda chamber orchestra, the young soloists of the music schools in Klaipeda and Vilnius will also appear on the Concert Halls stage. Some pieces will be performed by body percussion when no instruments are used, just the body. Also, there will be a performance of a composition for typewriter and orchestra.


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