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Christmas Concerts at the National Philharmonic Hall

Christmas Concerts at the National Philharmonic Hall


This Christmas is special for the National Philharmonic Society. 70 years ago, on December 25th, 1940, the first concert of the newly established Lithuanian Philharmonic Society took place. On December 18th, 2010, the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra under its artistic director and principal conductor Juozas Domarkas will celebrate its 70th Anniversary, together with its long-standing stage partners. Shortly thereafter, from December 26th to December 30th the National Philharmonic Hall invites to spend the holiday season with music at the Christmas Music Week series.

For those willing to enrich their Christmas experience with musical impressions we offer a lot to choose from: Christmas Music Week at the Philharmonic Hall presents six colourful programmes in a variety of genres from Christmas carols and high-spirited Baroque music to the tango spirit of Buenos Aires.


At the family concert on December 26th, Sunday, at 12pm, the Ąžuoliukas Boys’ and Youth Choir (artistic director and chief conductor Vytautas Miškinis) will perform a programme of Christmas choral music, featuring Christmas carols of various nations. At this concert the choir will appear together with the Čiurlionis Quartet and guitarist Saulius S. Lipčius.


On December 26th, at 7pm, an impressive musical feast will be delivered by the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra under its charismatic artistic director and violin virtuoso Sergej Krylov. In building the Christmas music mood the orchestra will be joined by charming singers Ona Kolobovaitė (soprano) and Ieva Prudnikovaitė (mezzo-soprano) and the Kaunas State Choir (artistic director and chief conductor Petras Bingelis). The programme will feature the instrumental works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert and Edison Denisov’s rendition of five Paganini caprices. Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria will round off the programme, raising the listeners high above the daily routine.


On December 27th, at 7pm, the ensemble Musica Humana (artistic director and conductor Algirdas Vizgirda) together with Vilnius Municipal Choir Jauna Muzika (artistic director and conductor Vaclovas Augustinas) and soloists Aistė Širvinskaitė (soprano), Jurga Prakelytė (mezzo-soprano), Mindaugas Zimkus (tenor) and Nerijus Masevičius (bass) will invite the Baroque music lovers to listen to Arcangelo Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and cantatas from Weihnachtsoratorium by Bach.


On December 28th, at 7pm, the visitors are invited to a concert full of musical solemnity and discreet respect for the sound art, presented by Vilnius State Quartet together with pianist Mūza Rubackytė, violist Robertas Bliškevičius and cellist Edmundas Kulikauskas. This concert will serve as a musical repose for those willing to briefly escape the fevered festive clamour and to generously share the joy of Christmas while listening to the philosophical sounds of chamber music by Johannes Brahms.


On December 29th, at 7pm, the concert featuring an inventive Čiurlionis Quartet and a duo of Italian guests – guitarist Giampaolo Bandini and bandoneon player Cesar Chiacchiaretta – promises the passion of Argentinean tango, refined sound of the guitar and vibrance of the bandoneon, all followed by subtle accompaniment of the string quartet… All that goes in harmony with a glass of mulled wine, the scent of cloves and fluffy snowflakes swaying outside the window. The musicians have prepared a programme featuring wistful music by Ástor Piazzolla and Máxim Diego Pujol, letting the listeners leave behind their daily worries.


On December 30th, at 7pm the listeners are welcomed at the festive concert of the Kremerata Baltica Orchestra together with pianist Lukas Geniušas. For the first time the Lithuanian stage will be shared by the Baltic youth orchestra Kremerata Baltica, founded by the legendary violinist Gidon Kremer, touring the world’s major halls and serving as a platform for emerging talents, and the twenty-year-old Lithuanian pianist Lukas Geniušas, a prize winner at the prestigious 16th International Frederic Chopin Competition for Young Pianists. Solo parts will also be performed by members of the orchestra: violist Ūla Žebriūnaitė, currently working in Italy, violinist Agnė Doveikaitė and oboist Justė Gelgotaitė

General sponsor of the Christmas Music Week – DnB NORD Bank.


Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society

Address: Aušros vartų st. 5, LT-01304 Vilnius, Lietuva
Contact: tel. +370 5 266 52 10, fax. +370 5 266 52 66

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