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2013

ONLY VERDI IN CONCERT OF KAUNAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AND KAUNAS STATE CHOIR IN VILNIUS


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The concert "Vivat Verdi!" of Kaunas Symphony Orchestra, Kaunas State Choir and soloists will be organised at Vilnius National Philharmonic Hall on April 20 at 7 pm. The concert will mark the 200th birth anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi.
 
The year 2013 is quite important for world’s musical community – we celebrate Richard Wagner’s 200th birth, Benjamin Britten’s, René Leibowitz’s and Witold Lutosławski’s 100th birth anniversaries. This year we also mark 200th birth anniversary of Giuseppe Verdi, the legendary Italian opera composer. He was born on October 10, 1813 (by the way, October 10 is a birthday of Queen Isabella II of Spain (1830) and Fridtjof Nansen, the Norwegian oceanographer, Arctic explorer and Nobel Peace Prize laureate (1861)).
 
According to biographers, in some sense Verdi was an autodidact. He got his musical education at the music school in teenage years. He taught himself to play spinet, later took private composition, counterpoint and harmony lessons, studied scores by Corelli, Bach, Haydn and Mozart, played organ at the church of Le Roncole, attended operatic performances and concerts. He never received a professional-academic musical education. In 1832, he was not accepted to Milan Conservatoire due to ‘the lack of talent’! However, from the music historical point, Verdi’s significance lies in his twenty-nine operas. Majority of his works for stage became fixtures in many a world opera theatre and enjoy great popularity.

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Photo: Chab Lathion