Revolution Together: sold-out concerts of Eric Whitacre and Bel Canto Choir Vilnius attracted audiences totaling almost 1400 people
2016 12 12
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.
After its Deep Field concerts in December 2015, which made it into the Lithuanian record books, just before Christmas season in 2016, Bel Canto Choir Vilnius presented another historic event. One of world’s most famous contemporary composers, Eric Whitacre – author of the Virtual Choir project, which changed the face of choral music – joined the Bel Canto Choir for two concerts in Vilnius.
These concerts featured Eric Whitacre’s most beautiful choral music as well as works by contemporary Lithuanian composers. The cornerstones of the concerts was Whitacre’s latest works – Deep Field (for orchestra, choir and mobile app) and Godzilla Eats Las Vegas!
In addition to the Bel Canto Choir Vilnius, the Christmas concerts featured selected musicians from the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra (artistic director Sergei Krylov), the Lithuanian Military Wind Orchestra (artistic director Egidijus Ališauskas), the Giunter Percussion ensemble, soloist Lina Dambrauskaitė (soprano), pianist Artūras Anusauskas and others.
The concert was organized by Bel Canto Choir Vilnius; co-organized by Lithuanian National Philharmonic. Producers: Megan Davies (producer of Eric Whitacre) and Audrius Valatkevičius (President of Bel Canto Choir Vilnius).