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Lecture-Recital: San-Ky Kim 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - 7:30pm
San-Ky Kim, vocal professor at Texas Christian University

The School of Music and the UW Baltic Studies program co-present a lecture-recital of LIthuanian art songs performed by Fulbright scholar Dr. San-Ky Kim, Associate Professor of Voice at Texas Christian University. Dr. Kim has compiled an anthology of Lithuanian art songs for the English-speaking audience.  He is joined by co-editor and pianist Pianist Rokas Zubovas, Professor of Piano at the Vytautas Magnus University Academy of Music in Kaunas, Lithuania.


Artist Bios

Dr. San-ky Kim

Dr. San-ky Kim, Associate Professor of Voice at Texas Christian University, with the assistance from Fulbright foundation, has compiled and edited an anthology of 24 Lithuanian art songs, with English translation and pronunciation guide.  The anthology also provides brief biographical information on each composer and poet, thus giving broad overview of flow in compositional approaches.  Further biographical information on Dr. Kim can be found by clicking here.

Rokas Zubovas, piano

Pianist Rokas Zubovas, Professor of Piano at the Vytautas Magnus University Academy of Music in Kaunas, Lithuania edited the piano parts for the anthology. Professor Zubovas has previously thought at the Saint Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois, and Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre in Vilnius, Lithuania.  As a pianist, he has performed in most countries of Europe, as well as Argentina, Uruguay, United States and Canada. An expert of music and art of the famous Lithuanian artist Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Prof. Rokas Zubovas has recorded all piano works by the composer, wrote articles and lectured on his art in International conferences (Belgium, Argentina, Estonia, Lithuania), performed his music internationally.   Further information on Prof. Zubovas can be found by clicking here

Anthology of Lithuanian Art Songs

Throughout her turbulent history, Lithuania maintained her distinctive cultural characteristics.  At the beginning of the twentieth century, as Lithuania finally gained political independence, creative artistic output deeply rooted in such “Lithuanian” characteristics flourished and helped to define a national identity.  Lithuanian folk songs, closely wedded to the grass-root Lithuanian speaking population, inspired many early Lithuanian composers and poets alike, laying foundation for Lithuanian art songs – songs composed specifically to Lithuanian texts. 

The lecture recital includes remarks by both editors of the Anthology on the historical, cultural, stylistic and other aspects of the Lithuanian Art Songs.  The performance part of the presentation will survey the works of such early composers as MK Čiurlionis and Gruodis, through the works of composers in diaspora, as well as the ones remaining in Lithuania during the Soviet era, to the living composers who bridged into the twenty-first century.   


Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis (1875 – 1911)                                   

Lithuanian Folksong arrangements for piano solo

Mikit, lankos (1902)

Juozas Gruodis (1884 – 1948)                   

            Rugiagėlės (1921)


            Pavasario Naktis Berlyne (1922)  

Antanas Belazaras (1913 – 1976)                                     


Aleksandras Kačanauskas (1882 – 1959)

            Vai, Gražu

Balys Dvarionas (1904 – 1972)


Konstancija Brundzaitė (1942 – 1971)    

            2 Raudos

Algimantas Bražinskas (b. 1937)               


Jerominas Kačinskas (1907 – 2005)         

            Kur tavo dainos (1994)

Konradas Kaveckas (1905 – 1996)

            Susitikt tave norėčiau vėlei                                 

Giedre Dabulskiene

            Duno (2015)