For the first time, Eric Whitacre – a rock star of the global choral scene, Grammy winner, TED speaker, and one of the most famous composers and conductors of his generation – and Bel Canto Choir Vilnius, Lithuania’s best mixed volunteer choir, joined forces for a special Christmas concert. On December 11-12, 2016 at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic in Vilnius, Whitacre and the Lithuanian choir performed together for the first time in the history of Lithuanian choral music. The third concert on December 13 was conducted by the choir’s artistic director Artūras Dambrauskas.
Major News 2016
At the end of October 2016, Bel Canto Choir Vilnius participated in the Tolosa International Choral Contest in Tolosa, the Basque region of Spain. This contest belongs to the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing, the major and most prestigious choral contest network in Europe.
Bel Canto Choir Vilnius received 8.1 points (81.2 percent) out of 10 (100 percent) in the highly competitive and complex polyphonic music category. Choir Brevis, another Lithuanian choir that participated in the contest, received the same number of points. The Batavia Madrigal Singers from Indonesia took the first place in the 2016 contest with 9.1 points (91 percent).
This was the first time that Bel Canto Choir Vilnius participated in this major A-level choral contest in Europe. This was a significant acknowledgment and a great honor. We all received priceless experience and knowledge, as well as excellent advice and recommendations from the members of the international jury.
June 30, 2016.
Bel Canto Choir Vilnius, Lithuania’s best mixed voice volunteer choir, has earned a place in the national record book. This was reported today by Factum, an agency that records Lithuanian records. Bel Canto Choir Vilnius joined the national list of achievements by holding “the longest choral concert tour held on a single stage” in Lithuanian history. Late in 2015, the choir performed for three consecutive nights at the Lithuanian National Philharmonic Hall and its three sold-out concerts attracted audiences totaling almost 2000 people.