The Night is Young. Bel Canto Choir Vilnius Presents a Cozy Concert in Collaboration with the Vocal Ensemble Duodeco!

On June 14, at 8.30 pm, the charming St. Catherine’s Church in Vilnius will resonate with the harmonious melodies of Duodeco and the Bel Canto Choir Vilnius. The musical program, sensitive and stylistically diverse, will be enriched by Lina Dambrauskaitė (soprano) and the solo roles of the choir singers Justinas Stanevičius (vocals), Andrius Gailiūnas (acoustic guitar) and Mindaugas Rumšas (saxophone). The choir’s choirmaster, pianist Raminta Gocentienė, will accompany on the piano.

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Bel Canto Choir Vilnius & Duodeco: A Debut Duo Performance

Milda Švelnienė ir choras Bel Canto

The program by the Bel Canto Choir Vilnius and Duodeco is set to showcase a selection of pieces that have resonated with both the ensembles and their audiences. These pieces are the works of globally acclaimed contemporary composers such as Eric Whitacre, Christopher Tin, Bob Chilcott, and Ēriks Ešenvalds, as well as Lithuanian composers Vytautas Miškinis and Donatas Zakaras.

A special highlight of the evening will be the works of Grammy-winning American composer Christopher Tin, one of the world’s most famous concert and media music composers.

The Bel Canto Choir Vilnius and Duodeco will perform two movements from Tin’s latest large-scale work, “The Lost Birds.” With its strong social and environmental themes, this cinematic-style composition serves as a musical memorial to bird species driven to extinction by humankind. It’s a sweeping, elegiac tribute to the soaring flocks that once filled our skies but have since been silenced.

The ensembles will also perform a vocal rendition of Christopher Tin’s renowned work, “Sogno di Volare.” Originally composed for the video game Civilization VI, this piece is a musical interpretation of Leonardo Da Vinci’s texts on flight. It symbolizes the spirit of discovery, both geographically in terms of exploring new lands and intellectually in the pursuit of science and new technologies.

Concert Program

Start of the Concert

Hear My Prayer
Moses Hogan

The Long Road
Ēriks Ešenvalds

The Saddest Noise
Christopher Tin

All That Could Never Be Said
Christopher Tin


Come To Me
Ivo Antognini

Beatus Vir
Lukasz Urbaniak

Cantate Domino
Vytautas Miškinis

Eric Whitacre

Feller From Fortune
Bob Chilcott

Bel Canto Choir Vilnius

The Seal Lullaby
Eric Whitacre

Laiškai Sofijai
Donatas Zakaras

Neišeik, Saulala
Vytautas Miškinis

Fix You

This is My Song
Jean Sibelius, arr. Blake Morgan

In far-off Malta
Arnold Bax

Nyon Nyon
Jake Runestad


Sogno di Volare
Christopher Tin

Artists & Performers

Bel Canto Choir Vilnius (artistic director & conductor Milda Švelnienė)
Vocal Ensemble Duodeco (artistic director Povilas Vanžodis)
Lina Dambrauskaitė (soprano)
Raminta Gocentienė (piano)
The Bel Canto Choir Vilnius singers’ solo roles: Justinas Stanevičius (vocals), Andrius Gailiūnas (acoustic guitar), and Mindaugas Rumšas (saxophone).

Bel Canto Choir Vilnius’ artistic director Milda Švelnienė, choirmasters Raminta Gocentienė and Povilas Vanžodis, vocal coaches Eglė Stundžiaitė and Eimantas Bešėnas. Concert & choir producer Audrius Valatkevičius.


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