Bel Canto Choir Vilnius’ Christmas concerts breaks attendance record of choral music concerts

Re-writing the history of Lithuanian choral music. Bel Canto Choir Vilnius, the best volunteer choir in Lithuania, rocked the country’s choral music scene again by staging two sold out concerts at Lithuanian National Philharmonics. For two days in a row – on November 30 and on December 1, 2014 – Bel Canto Choir Vilnius performed its Christmas and 5th anniversary concert, entitled This is the Only Night, at Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall. More than 1400 spectators attended the concerts.

The choir was aided by the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (artistic director Sergei Krylov); soloists Joana Gedmintaitė, Ieva Prudnikovaitė, Lina Dambrauskaitė and Milda Baronaitė; as well as jazz pianist Artūras Anusauskas. The two-part concert featured an exclusive music program combining the choir’s favorite classical, modern and Christmas pieces as well as special musical premieres. The cornerstone of Bel Canto’s Christmas Concert was a special premiere: the special performance of the Sunrise Mass – a four-part piece for choir and strings written by Ola Gjeilo, one of the world’s most popular Norwegian contemporary composers.

The concert was directed by Petras Skirmantas and presented by Livija Gradauskienė and musicologist Viktoras Gerulaitis. Videos from the This is the Only Night are available on the Choir’s official Youtube Channel, and the Picture Gallery provides with hundreds of great photos from the show.


Bel Canto Choir Vilnius joins the club of the world’s best choirs

At the World Choir Games 2014, organized in the Latvian capital Riga in July 2014, the mixed voices Bel Canto Choir Vilnius received 90.63 points and won the Gold medal. By doing so, the 5-year-old Bel Canto Choir Vilnius, together with other choirs, anchored in the league of the world’s greatest choirs. Gold medals of the Choir Games are awarded to the choirs that receive between 80 and 100 points from the jury; silver medals are given to the choirs that gain 60 to 80 points, while bronze medals are handed to the choirs that collect 40 to 60 points. This was Bel Canto Choir Vilnius’ first appearance at the World Choir Games – the choristers competed in the category of Contemporary Music within the Champions Competition.


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