The Bach and Šimkus program will involve nine religious discoveries by Johann Sebastian Bach and nine dreamy scenes from Vestards Šimkus.
The first part of the concert will feature nine of Bach's many choral preludes that he composed for organ performances during various phases of his career. These are adaptations of Lutheran chorale melodies. In 1899, the outstanding Italian pianist and composer Ferrucio Busoni transposed the nine preludes for the piano and merged them into a dramaturgically unified cycle.
The second part of the concert, in turn, will feature a series of piano opuses composed by Šimkus himself -- Scenes of Dreams: Nine Etudes for Piano. The pianist composed these etudes in 2014 and performed them at the Lucern Festival and in Paris, Munich, Berlin and other venues in Europe.