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Christmas at the Philharmonic: Hymns and Songs, Classical Masterpieces and Improvisations

Christmas at the Philharmonic: Hymns and Songs, Classical Masterpieces and Improvisations


Christmas is coming and the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society traditionally hosts the festive concerts of the Christmas Music Week. This year, five concert programmes featuring diverse choirs, ensembles, orchestras and soloists will be performed at the Grand Hall of the Philharmonic during December 26-29.

On December 26th, Saturday, 12pm the Christmas Music Week will open with a staged concert for families titled Royal Christmas. This traditional festive concert of the Ąžuoliukas choirs will present the listeners with English, French and German Christmas hymns and songs, the choral works by diverse composers, On the Silent Night and Hail, the Newborn Jesus by Juozas Naujalis and live improvisations of Saulius Petreikis.

On December 26th, 7pm the programme Exultate Jubilate will be presented by the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (LCO).  The orchestra’s Christmas concert will sparkle with Viennese spirit – the instrumental and vocal masterpieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and colours of Spanish music (by Manuel de Falla and Pablo de Sarasate). The audience will hear the violinist Sergei Krylov (who is also a conductor and artistic director of the LCO), while Mozart’s music will be performed by a singer Julia Novikova, who has appeared on the stage of the Philharmonic last year. 

Admirers and lovers of the most subtle of musical instruments – the human voice – will receive a special treat on December 27th, Sunday, 7pm at a concert titled Orchestra of Voices, featuring a vocal ensemble Estonian Voices. A young a cappella collective from Estonia performs a diverse repertoire, ranging from jazz, original and arranged compositions to Estonian folk songs and internationally known popular songs. One of the founders of the famous Swedish vocal group The Real Group and a vocal coach Peder Karlsson called the Estonian collective an ensemble of unique sound, distinguished in Estonia and throughout Europe. Performing since 2010, the Estonian Voices features students and graduates of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. The collective participates in festivals in many European countries and the USA; it has shared the stage with such jazz stars as Britt Quentin, Datevik Hovanesian, the New York Voices Ensemble and others. At a concert in Vilnius the ensemble will bring the bright mood of Christmas through the songs and arrangements by its members Kadri Voorand and Maria Väli, combining them with familiar Christmas hymns, performed with creative improvisational twists.

The programme to be performed on December 28th, Monday, 7pm is titled Highlands, Plains, Lowlands and it presents a debut album Lowlands by Saulius Petreikis.The album was created in Scotland and it pulses with rhythms of Irish jig dance and playfulness, which are soon replaced with the yearning of the duduk or tragic tale of the werewolf and its love.  The title Lowlands conveys several meanings. One of them is related to Samogitia, a Lithuanian region where the performer was born, but in a wider sense it represents the lowlands, plains and valleys where our roots are, a place to which we always return.  The concert dedicated to the new album features S. Petreikis along with a number of gifted instrumentalists, forming the World Orchestra collective, as well as singer Neda Malūnavičiūtė, Gospel and Ave Vita choirs. The concert will be presented by musicologist Zita Kelmickaitė and its programme features compositions originally merging the characteristics of popular, classical, folklore, world and jazz music.   

Christmas Music Week will close on December29th, Tuesday, 7pm with a concert of State Wind Orchestra Trimitas, titled New Year’s Overture. The stage will be shared by an orchestra under Dainius Pavilionis and soloists Marta Lukošiūtė (mezzo-soprano), Eugenijus Chrebtovas (baritone) and Murad Adigezalzade (piano). The programme includes works by George Gershwin and Kees Vlak, along with arias and duets from diverse musicals.

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