Lithuanian World Song Festival 1998 - 3 DVD Set
Lithuanian World Song Festival 1998 (Ensemble Night)
On July 4, 1998, over 2000 performers - dancers, singers, and musicians of the Lithuanian Song Festival - presented a splendid display of authentic old, as well as newly-choreographed Lithuanian songs and dances. This Ensemble Night of the Lithuanian Song Festival, produced by Artistic Director Pranas Budrys (Lithuania Ensemble), Vytautas Buterlevicius and others, lit by the setting sun, and the sight and sound harmony of folk patterns and music, was as spectacular as in 1975, when the amphitheater of Kalnai Park could not accommodate all of those wishing to attend. Lithuania, 1998, Color, 117 minutes.
Lithuanian World Song Festival 1998 (Dance Day)
On July 5,1998, an audience of 16,000 watched more than 10,000 dancers, both young and old, in the Zalgiris stadium - the largest in Lithuania. The colourful dance patterns united in performance not only various age groups, but also Lithuanians from many far-flung Lithuanian communities of the world. From the very first Folk Dance Festival in Kaunas in 1937, Dance Day has been an integral part of the Lithuanian Song Festival. Every Dance Festival is a theatrical event with its own separate theme that is realised through the efforts of the country's best choreographers, composers and designers. Bread is this festival's theme. Traditionally accorded immense respect in Lithuania, bread has figured prominently in the outlook, beliefs, customs and ceremonies of her people who believed it was holy and possessed magical powers and human characteristics. Artistic Director, Laimute Kisieliene, has created a dance legend based on the story of rye from seed to loaf, aiming to keep it at all times true to the creative spirit of the great dance master, Juozas Lingys. Lithuania, 1998, Color, 114 minutes.
Lithuanian World Song Festival 1998 (Song Day)
Song day is the open-air choral concert of thousands of singers in Vingis Park. In the first Song Day in Kaunas in 1924, the singers in the joint Lithuanian Song Festival choir numbered 3,000 and belonged to 86 choirs. Later Lithuanian Festivals attracted more and more participants. 1960 marked a milestone with the erection of the Vingis Park Music Bowl which, with its excellent acoustics, has been the venue ever since. Such is its capacity that in 1994, to commemorate the 70-year span of the Lithuanian Song Festival, a multitude of 13,000 singers took the stage. On July 6, 1998, 11,000 singers, choir directors and conductors performed in the fifteenth Song Day concert under the guidance of Artistic Director, Professor Petras Bingelis. Lithuania, 1998, Color, 245 minutes.
NTSC Region 0 encoding (Entire World)