Bel Canto Choir Vilnius presents: an intimate spring evening at St Catherine Church in Vilnius

A special premiere – Mass for chorus and classical guitar by Latvian composer and guitarist Kaspars Zemītis

Bel Canto Choir Vilnius, after its last year’s intensive Open to the World concert series, invites listeners to ACOUSTICO, the choir’s first performance of the year. 8PM on Friday, May 24, 2019, Bel Canto Choir Vilnius will present an intimate spring concert, mostly featuring music by contemporary composers from neighboring Latvia.

ACOUSTICO will also star some of the choir’s good friends – guitarist Saulius Lipčius, one of the country’s best young cellists Augustas Gocentas, children’s percussion ensemble from the Vilnius Methodist Art Centre (director Saulius Auglys), and pianist Raminta Gocentienė.

The highlight of the concert will be the Lithuanian premiere of mass for choir and classical guitar by Latvian composer and guitarist Kaspars Zemītis. This will be performed by the choir together with the composer’s good friend Saulius Lipčius.

Mesa by Kaspars Zemītis is a unique and modern blend of the traditional Latin mass genre together with the sounds of the classical guitar. The contemporary re-imagining of the mass is especially calming, tender, and thought-provoking. The composition features a range of solo passages on the classical guitar, which elegantly intertwine with individual vocal parts of the choir.

The finale – Agnus Dei and Amen – stands out with its especially subtle and tender soprano solo, whose fluttering, wordless duet creates a musical contrast with the slower, more careful choral sounds that follow. This leads to the final section of the mass, Amen, an uplifting ending with the words ‘hallelujah’ and ‘amen’ repeated and eventually fading as the composition reaches its peaceful and calm finale.

During their end-of-spring concert, Bel Canto Choir Vilnius will also perform pieces by well-known contemporary composers Eric Whitacre and Ēriks Ešenvalds, somewhat of a staple of the choir’s recent concerts. The programme also features pieces by pop musicians and composers, such as Carly Simon, Dolly Parton, Josiah Kelley Atwood arranged for choir.

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Concert Program

Let the River Run
Carly Simon, arr. Craig Hella Johnson

My Love is like a Red, Red Rose
Scottish tune, arr. Ēriks Ešenvalds

Neguan Orbela
Xabier Sarasola

Buscando Mis Amores
David Azurza

Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine
Eric Whitacre

Mesa. Mass for chorus and classical guitar 
Kaspars Zemītis

Suite for Cello Solo 3. Intermezzo e Danza Finale
Gaspar Cassadó. Performed by Augustas Gocentas

Light of Clear Blue Morning
Dolly Parton, arr. Craig Hella Johnson

Unclouded Day
Josiah Kelley Atwood, arr. Shawn Kirchner

Artists & Performers

Bel Canto Choir Vilnius
Artistic Director & Conductor Egidijus Kaveckas

Saulius Lipčius
Guitar

Augustas Gocentas
Cello

Raminta Gocentienė
Piano

Children’s percussion ensemble from the Vilnius Methodist Art Centre
Director Saulius Auglys

Bel Canto Choir Vilnius’ Artistic director and conductor Dr Egidijus Kaveckas, second conductor and choirmaster Milda Zapolskaitė, choirmaster and concertmaster Raminta Gocentienė, vocal coach Liudas Norvaišas. Producer Audrius Valatkevičius.

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