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Philharmonic Celebrates Christmas with Music

Philharmonic Celebrates Christmas with Music


The Lithuanian National Philharmonic Society invites to celebrate Christmas with music and welcomes the visitors at the Christmas Music Week concerts, which will take place on December 26-28 at the Grand Hall of the Philharmonic.

On December 26th, Friday, at 12pm the listeners are invited to a staged family concert. Poetically titled The Bells of Bethlehem, the concert on the second day of Christmas presents the Ąžuoliukas choir, as well as the sounds of guitar, piano and organ… The programme of this traditional festive choir concert features Gloria by Leo Delibes, On the Silent Night and Hail, the Newborn Jesus by Juozas Naujalis, Christmas Comes from Childhood by Kristina Vasiliauskaitė, Shining Night by Morten Lauridsen and many other wonderful pieces. The stage will be shared by boys and youth choir Ažuoliukas (artistic director and conductor Vytautas Miškinis), 4th grade choir of Ąžuoliukasmusic school (leader Eglė Čigriejūtė-Strolienė), Saulius S. Lipčius (guitar), Loreta Kuliešiuvienė (piano) andBernardas Vasiliauskas (organ).

On December 26th, Friday, at 7pm the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra presents a programme Christmas Meetings, featuring the ingenious music by Edward Grieg, Nino Rota, Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The listeners will hear the popular violinist Sergei Krylov (conductor and artistic director of the LCO), while Mozart’s Concerto for piano and orchestra No.12 in A flat major, KV 414 will be played by a guest from Italy Beatrice Magnini. This young pianist has won twenty First Prizes at various competitions and she has performed at such concert venues as London Wigmore Hall, Beijing Centre for Performing Arts, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Sala Verdi in Milan, Feng-Youang in Taiwan and others.

On December 27th, Saturday, at 7pm an original programme Changes will be performed by the Ni&Co New Ideas Chamber Orchestra led by Gediminas Gelgotas. This Orchestra provides unexpected and intriguing form to academic music, even though its artistic director and soloists were educated in Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre and other prestigious European music academies and some of its members represent the prominent Lithuanian musical dynasties. Gelgotas founded the ensemble in 2006 and ever since it has been welcomed by the audiences and acclaimed by critics. The ensemble’s repertoire mostly relies on music written by Gelgotas, described by critics as exceptionally attractive and unique, combining minimalist composing principles with modern multi-styled elements. The pieces are of experimental nature, echoing the modern youth culture. Music by Gediminas Gelgotas has been performed at major classical music festivals (Schleswig-Holstein, Verbier, Young Euro Classics, Beethovenfest, Usedom, etc). This year he became a composer in residence at the prestigious Verbier music festival in Switzerland, where he was awarded a special Neva Foundation award. The programme of the orchestra’s Christmas concert features a consolidated composition by Gelgotas, combining diverse works of the composer and revealing the ensemble’s stage concept (movement, minimalist choreography and other artistic elements). The ensemble will also perform modern pieces of prominent contemporary composers Philip Glass, John Tavener, John Corigliano and Max Richter.

On December 28th, Sunday, at 7pm the Christmas Music Week series will close with a concert titled World’s Art Symbols. It is the fifth programme of Visions of Artists and Composers art project dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the Musica Humana ensemble that was devised by Prof A. Vizgirda, the Ensemble’s artistic director. The concert programme features dance suite Musica Antiqua Vilnensis by an anonymous 17th century composer, Concerto grosso op. 6 No. 8 in G minor (Christmas concert) by Arcangelo Corelli, the works by Tomaso Albinoni, Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel, Camille Saint-Saëns, Balys Dvarionas and Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, as well as the Christmas Suite and Te Deum by Marc-Antoine Charpentier. The concert will be followed by the visuals of the world’s art masterpieces prepared by painter Albertas Krajinskas.

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