Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88
Tonight the National Philharmonic Hall will be reigned not only by the 19th–20th-century Czech music, but also the king of instruments – the piano. The stage will be graced by two pianos. Lithuanian pianists Indrė Baikštytė and Gintaras Januševičius, residing in Hanover, Germany, will perform the Double Concerto by Bohuslav Martinů. This opus was composed on commission from Pierre Luboschütz and Genia Nemenoff Duo in 1943. Written in the atmosphere of the WWII the Concerto is dominated by tragic moods and active toccata-like rhythm; extremely difficult piano parts provide an opportunity for both soloists to showcase their remarkable mastery.
The Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra will demonstrate its mastery in interpreting Bedřich Smetana’s overture to the opera Prodaná nevěsta (The Bartered Bride)and Antonín Dvořák’s penultimate, the Eighth Symphony. The Lithuanian soloists and the LNSO will be led by Taiwanese conductor Tung-Chieh Chuang who has introduced himself to the Lithuanian audience in spring of 2017. Interestingly enough, prior to embarking on a musical career, Chung received a bachelor degree in Applied Statistics and only then went to study conducting at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia and Weimar Academy of Music. This turn was decisive – in 2013 he captured second prize at the Gustav Mahler Competition, second prize and Audience Award at the Solti Competition, was a winner of the Jeunesse Musicales Conducting Competition in Bucharest, and in 2015 he won the prestigious International Malko Competition in Copenhagen. Chung lives in Berlin.