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2012

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    THE DEBUT OF KAUNAS STATE CHOIR IN MACAU MUSIC FESTIVAL

    2012.10.10

    In the end of October Kaunas State Choir (principal conductor – Professor Petras Bingelis) will leave for a two-week concert tour in a faraway China. The choir was invited to take part in the International Music Festival of Macau that celebrated its silver anniversary last year.
     
    Situated on the southern coast of China Macau that nowadays is under the Chinese rule is the most ancient European colony in China administered by Portugal until 1999. It is the place where influences of various nations and religions are closely interwined; a real crossroad of Eastern and Western cultures. Traveller‘s eye on this distant coast is amazed by the towers and pediments of the Roman Catholic churches vividly resembling the coast of another ocean – the Atlantic and architectural scenery of Portugal lying in the very west of Europe. The Macau old town of marvellous beauty reminds the era of the Portuguese colonial rule and in 2005 was included into the list of UNESCO World Heritage List.
     
    While sounds of the silver anniversary still sound in the memory, the organisers of the festival again invite to the one of the most spectacular musical events in the region that has the main aim – to attract to the stage of Macau the most famous performers and to expand musical horizons of the listeners. This year season of the festival – that is already 26th harmoniously integrate different music genres: opera, symphony, choral and chamber music, musical, performances overwhelming ancient and contemporary music, once again invites the audience for momentous encounter and dialogue between the cultures of East and West. The official site of the event intrigues that this year several surprises are prepared for the audience. The classical pieces will be enlivened by new elements such as jazz music. More than twenty different programmes by the performers from Germany, Austria, Portugal, United Kingdom, Italy, Hungary, Russia, USA, Hong-Kong, China, Macau and as well Lithuania will be introduced. The Broadway musical "Peter Pan" will inaugurate the festival; as well the comic opera by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi "La Serva Padrona" (The Servant Mistress) will be performed.
     
    Kaunas State Choir will debut in China by singing in the staging of opera "Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini together with the Symphonic Orchestra of Macau, conducted by Lü Jia.
     
    The choir will as well introduce the music by the Lithuanian composers. In the site of the festival it is announced that all the tickets are already sold and it is recommended not to miss a performance of a famous choir from Lithuania.
     
    The principal conductor of the choir – Petras Bingelis emphasized that an invitation to take part in the festival is a significant event in the calendar of the collective‘s concert activity and such tours highly contribute to the expanding and consolidation of the cultural links between different countries.
     
    "It is very important we will have an opportunity to introduce the Chinese audience the musical culture of our small country and as well for ourselves to learn about the culture and traditions of this country and its particular region – Macau. We will try to show the best what we possess. We are going to perform classical and as well contemporary pieces", - told P. Bingelis.
     
    The three-act opera "Tosca" by the Italian composer Giacomo Puccini in which Kaunas State Choir will sing is the most important accent of the festival. It is an opus that undoubtedly belongs to the treasury of the Italian opera, gleams the magnitude and elegance of this genre. Wavy and timeless melodies of the opera arias render a real musical bliss for the audience. Current staging of "Tosca" is not only a splendid musical but as well an impressive theatre performance. The close interwine of music and dramatics is an idiosyncratic element of the Macau music festival. Kaunas State Choir is not a novice in this field. One of the most momentous spectaculars performed by the choir is an opera "I Pagliacci" (Clowns) by R. Leoncavallo.
     
    The audience of the Macau music festival will see the opera "Tosca" in the Great Hall of the Macau Culture Centre on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of November. A week before the performances Kaunas State Choir will have general rehearsals with the Macau Symphony Orchestra and soloists form all over the world. A dramatic soprano Ksila Boros from Hungary will sing the part of Floria Tosca. One of her most distinctive recent roles is Abigaile form "Nabucco" by G. Verdi staged in the Opera and Ballet Theatre in Rome. A tenor from Italy – Roberto Aronica who will perform a role of a painter Mario Cavaradossi in 2006 was highly estimated for his debut in the opera "Faust" by Ch. Gounod in the theatre of Parma. As well noteworthy is one more soloist from Italy – a baritone Giovanni Meoni who will play a role of Baron Scarpia. G. Meoni has been awarded numerous distinctions and has created momentous roles in such operas as "Rigoletto", "Nabucco", "Otello", "Aida", "Madame Baterfly" and other.
     
    In the final concert of this year season for the first time in the festival a legendary and prestigious San Francisco Symphony Orchestra (USA) will take part.
     
    As every year courses of artistry will take place during the festival where the most famous music performers from all over the world will share their experience. This is a unique opportunity for the music students of the Macau high schools. And it as well brings to life one of the long-period aims of the festival – to nurture local talents and sustain a high level of the music culture.
     
    After returning from the tour in China Kaunas State Choir will start new works: in November will perform "War Requiem" by Benjamin Britten and "Requiem" by Gabriel Fauré in Kaunas State Philharmonic.
     
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    IN THE CALENDAR OF KAUNAS STATE CHOIR – DENMARK

    2012.03.26

    On March 29, in Denmark, in Odense Concert Hall Kaunas State Choir led by professor Petras Bingelis will gladden admirers of Richard Wagner’s music by performing one of the most impressive pieces by this composer – a mystery play “Parsifal”.

    The second act of the opera that is written only for female voices will sound in the concert. “Parsifal” is the last opera written by R. Wagner. In its libretto written on the ground of the epic poem of a medieval poet Wolfram von Eschenbach a romance and Christian legends intertwine. The action of the opera transforms the listener to the medieval Spain, the Pyrenees. The premiere of the opera took place in 1882. The excerpts of this piece sounded as well in Lithuania: the public of Vilnius did not scrimp plaudits for Kaunas State Coir that performed parts from the first and the third act of the opera “Parsifal”.

    Denmark where the choir was invited by a conductor Aleksandr Vedernikov the choir is visiting and delivering concert for the first time. Maestro belongs to the younger generation of the elite of the Russian conductors. In year 2001-2009 he was the head of the Great Theatre in Moscow, the principal conductor of the above mentioned theatre. Since December 3, 2009 he is a principal conductor of the Symphonic Orchestra of Odense and is as well invited to deliver concerts in the concert halls of other countries and the most famous opera houses in the world, such as “La Scala” in Milan, opera-houses of Rome, Bologna, Torino, Venice, Paris. A. Vedernikov has as well delivered a concert together with Kaunas State Choir in the Congress Palace in Vilnius.

    A prominent Danish tenor famous for performing operas by R. Wagner – Stig Fogh that has sung in the Metropoliten Opera in New York and many famous stages in Europe will sing during the concert together with Kaunas State Choir. The singers will be accompanied by the Symphonic Orchestra of Odense under the baton of A. Vedernikov. Tickets to the both concerts that will take place in the Odense Concert Hall, accommodating 1212 person, are already sold.  The concert in which Kaunas state choir will sing is going to be broadcasted by Danish Radio and Television.

    The choir received as well more invitations to deliver concerts in the prestigious concert halls of the world this year.

    The choir will leave for Denmark after having performed “Requiem” by G. Verdi together with Violeta Urmana in Lithuania. After returning from the concert tour in Denmark, in spring for the callers of Kaunas State Philharmonic the choir will perform “Mass f-moll” by A. Bruckner (under the baton of Jean Michel-Blanchon, France), “Stabat Mater” by A. Dvorak (under the baton of Kaspar Zehnder, Switzerland). Meanwhile in the concert dedicated to the closing of the concert season of State Symphonic Orchestra of Lithuania that will take place in the Congress Palace in Vilnius a monumental “War Requiem” by B. Britten will sound in the performance of Kaunas State Choir.

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    THE MONUMENTAL “REQUIEM” BY GIUSSEPE VERDI ON THE STAGE OF NATIONAL OPERA AND BALLET THEATRE OF LITHUANIA WILL BE PERFORMED BY TWO CHOIR

    2012.03.08

    Performing a monumental "Requiem"– Violeta Urmanavičiūtė-Urmana, Anita Rachvelishvili (Georgia), Alfredo Nigro (Italy) and Riccardo Zanellato (Italy)by G. Verdi on March 17 in the National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Lithuania alongside with prominent soloists 
     
    The choir of National Opera and Ballet Theatre (led by Česlovas Radžiūnas) will be rec the two choirs will sing ruited by the pride of Lithuanian concert stage – Kaunas State Choir (led by Petras Bingelis). The symphonic orchestra of National Opera and Ballet Theatre of Lithuania (under the baton of Robertas Šervenikas) will play.
     
    Why even two choirs are needed for the performance of "Requiem" by G. Verdi? Formally "Messa da Requiem" (this is the full title of the opus) by G. Verdi was written as traditional burial-service of the Roman Catholic liturgy but this piece probably was never performed during the religious service. For it was not intended for this purpose. "Requiem" by G. Verdi is a monumental concert opus that was not the only of a kind written in the XIXth and later – in the XXth century.   
     
    Most often the monumental opus by G. Verdi is compared to the "Requiem' by W. A. Mozart. Those two pieces are considered to be probably the most prominent examples of the concert Mass in the music literature of the world. An opus by G. Verdi is distinctive for having numerous traits characteristic for the opera. It was even called by one of the music critics to be "an opera in ecclesiastical robe".
     
    G. Verdi wrote "Requiem" as the omen of respect and remembrance of his friend, Italian national hero and writer – Alessandro Mazoni. The premiere of the opus took place on May 22, 1874 in the Cathedral of Saint Mark in Milan on the occasion of the first anniversary since the death of A. Manzoni and after few days it was repeatedly performed in the “La Scala” theatre. That time G. Verdi himself was conducting and the soloists that few years earlier took part in the European premiere of the opera "Aida" by the same composer, were singing.
     
    "Requiem" by G. Verdi was a real triumph that signified not only the success of the opus itself but at that time became the manifest of the Italians that were struggling for there national self-awareness. It was like telling "We exist". For expressing such majestic emotions an appropriate epitome was necessary that is why side-by-side with four soloists the double choir is used.  
     
    After the premiere in Italy the opus started its long and prosperous pilgrimage round the world: a triumphal performance in “Royal Albert Hall” in London, seven performances in Paris and etc. "Requiem" by G. Verdi is well known to the Lithuanian public – it was performed in our country not once. On March 17 National Opera and Ballet Theatre offers not only to recall this magnificent music but as well to enjoy the music performed by splendid musicians.
     
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