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Festival Opening Concert: Hymn for Sigismund and Barbara

Šeštasis tarptautinis Marco Scacchi senosios muzikos festivalis Vilniuje

7 March 2020, 18.00–19.15

Aidija Chamber Choir

Artistic Director and Conductor Romualdas Gražinis

The concert is dedicated to mark 30 years of choral activity of the Aidija Chamber Choir

Program – works by Antonio Scandello, Jacques Arcadelto, Orlando di Lasso, Baldassare Donato, Thoinot Arbeau, Pierre Certon, Pierre Passereau, Claude Le Jeune, Clément Janequin, John Dowland, John Bennet, Thomas Morley, Henry VIII, Claudio Monteverdi, Carlo Gesualdo and anonymous composers

The Aidija Chamber Choir was founded in 1989 at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art by the initiative of Romualdas Gražinis. The youthful collective, sincerely loved by audiences, standing out for its unique sound and interpretation of works, regularly organises and performs programs featuring new works by Lithuanian and foreign composers. The choir's repertoire, which consists of over 30 concerts every year, is made up of a range of music from Gregorian chanting through to 21st-century compositions: choral miniatures of various styles, major vocal works, a cappella choral pieces and works for choir and instruments.

The choir collaborates with the Church Heritage Museum. Around 20 concerts were organised there in 2011–2018, most of them were educational musical programs encompassing lectures about magnate families in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and concerts presenting sacred music. A lecture-concert project titled “Musica sacra: 14th–21st-century sacred music masterpieces”, has been underway since 2014, and has introduced audiences to Gregorian chanting and early polyphony, and the music of Renaissance and Baroque creators, the Classicism and Romanticism epochs, as well as sacred music by contemporary Lithuanian and foreign composers.

The director of the Aidija Chamber Choir Romualdas Gražinis (b. 1962) studied choir conducting at the Vilnius M. K. Čiurlionis Secondary School of Art and the Lithuanian State Conservatory, he studied Gregorian chanting at the Paris Conservatory and conducting at the Boulogne-Billancourt Conservatory (in the class of Prof. P. Calmelet). He undertook master classes for conductors at the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen in 1994 that were headed by an early choral music specialist from Great Britain, P. Philips. Gražinis has worked at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art from 1983 as a choir conducting teacher and choir master. In 2013 he won the Prize for Culture and Art of the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.


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