VILNIUS, Lithuania, July 12, 2013
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The European Cultural Foundation EUROPAMUSICALE is holding a gala concert to mark the beginning of the EU-Presidency of Lithuania on 12 July 2013 in the National Philharmonic Hall, Lithuania.
The artistic concept is entitled "Next Generation": it presents compositions by young German and Lithuanian jazz musicians, performed by the German State Jazz Orchestra with of jazz saxophonist Kęstutis Vaiginis from Lithuania. The concert, which is sponsored by the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin, represents a musical greeting from Germany to Lithuania and is an expression of the good neighbourly relationship between the two countries.
With this concert, the foundation aims to emphasise how Europe's future lies in the hands of young people, and how promoting the national musical characteristics of each and every country is essential.
EUROPAMUSICALE Music Prize 2013
The European Cultural Foundation EUROPAMUSICALE will be awarding the EUROPAMUSICALE Music Prize for the first time in 2013. The prize will be presented to the Lithuanian jazz musician Kęstutis Vaiginis by the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, Mr Joachim Gauck during the concert on 12 July in Vilnius.
The inaugural EUROPAMUSICALE Music Prize 2013, endowed with EUR3,000, will be awarded to Kęstutis Vaiginis. Vaiginis is one of the most outstanding saxophonists and jazz composers of Lithuania's younger generation, who enriches the richness of Lithuania's musical creativity. We hope that the prize will provide an additional stimulus to nourish and maintain the musical tradition of his native land and to champion its musical diversity.
The independent, cross-border European Cultural Foundation EUROPAMUSICALE promotes cultural exchange in Europe by means of the internationally understood language of music, thereby contributing to the "building of the European house" through discovering the richness of musical diversity.
Tania Vásquez Dautermann
Source: European Culture Foundation EUROPAMUSICALE
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