September 21, Monday, 7 pm
Palace of the Grand Dukes, Katedros a. 4, Vilnius
Orpheus’ Noble Strings
Myth in Late Renaissance England
Thomas Hobbs – tenor (United Kingdom)
Romina Lischka – viola da gamba (Austria)
Sofie Vanden Eynde – lute (Belgium)
Is there anyone more powerful than Orpheus in music, the strings of his magical lyre could quieten savage beasts, bring stones to tears, halt the flow of rivers, and move to pity the gates of death. Music, the soul of the earth and a uniting force, can change the world, something the English Renaissance composers knew perfectly well.
The rich sound of strings and voices will tell listeners where the magic of Orpheus’ lyre lies. The songs of John Dowland, Francis Pilkington and John Danyel will be performed by acclaimed British tenor Thomas Hobbs, who takes roles in classical operas in many West European countries. This performer with his strong, exceptionally clear and pleasant voice will be joined by early string instrument masters, Sofie Vanden Eynde from Belgium and Romina Lischka from Austria.