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Awaiting of Easter

18 April, 2019, Thursday, 19:00 at St. Catherine’s Church (Vilnius St 30)

Beautiful concert for the awaiting of Easter by St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra a Choir Vilnius

The period of Easter – is a special time, when we actually encounter with the news of spring and revival, and before the celebration comes, we impatiently wait for it. While waiting we are invited to think over our life, aims, hopes, cleanse our thoughts, free our mind from every-day worries, calm down, listen and hear.

On this special occasion of awaiting, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra together with Choir „Vilnius“ will perform a monumental piece by James MacMillan – Cantata „Seven Last Words from the Cross“. It is an exceptional composition pulsing with variety of expressions and stunning realism of the plot expressed by the musical language. These are the last words of Christ spoken at his hour of passion on the cross. The texts are originals, from the four gospels of the Bible; singing is in English and Latin. In 1993 the piece was commissioned by the BBC television, and in 1994 it‘s separate parts were broadcast during the Easter week. The piece by a Scottish composer has earned its reputation as a masterpiece – this is one of the most sensitive and mesmerizing piece of this theme in the history of Humanity.

The Jesuit priest Antanas Saulaitis will set special atmosphere of the concert.

Parts of the Cantata:

1. Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do
2. Woman, Behold, Thy Son!.. Behold, Thy Mother!
3. Verily, I say unto you, today thou shalt be with me in Paradise
4. Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?
5. I thirst
6. It is finished
7. Father, into Thy hands I commend my Spirit

PERFORMERS

Vilnius ST. CHRISTOPHER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Artistic Director and Chief Conductor MODESTAS BARKAUSKAS

State Choir “VILNIUS”

Chief Conductor ARTŪRAS DAMBRAUSKAS

Conducted by MODESTAS BARKAUSKAS

The Jesuit priest ANTANAS SAULAITIS will participate…Continue readingAwaiting of Easter

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Poetic Katkiana

4 April, 2019, Thursday, 19:00 at St. Catherine’s Church (Vilniaus St 30)

While meeting real spring we present to your attention – exceptionally fun and dreamy concert with maestro Donatas Katkus – POETIC KATKIANA!

Spring – it is the time, when everything awakens, comes back to life and brings joy. Maestro Donatas Katkus – is a spring bomb; he is as spring in Lithuania, unpredictably surprising with his awakening replicas, refreshing with his extraordinary musical interpretations, bringing joy with his never-ending pranks.

In the program of the concert you will hear festive and yet precise and light Mozart, musical choliganism by Faustas Latėnas, who is unimaginable without it, and of course, mindful poetic Osvaldas Balakauskas.

This time we invite you to celebrate spring with music, vivid and universal St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, this time conducted by Charismatic Donatas Katkus and the beloved tenor of the orchestra Edgaras Davidovičius. This concert will improve your health (people say that laughter is a source of vitamin C).

Program:

F. Latėnas. Vocal cycle “From the Manuscripts of Helen Blinkeviciene and Poetry Notebooks of Petras Blinkevicius”, text by Juozas Erlickas

V. A. Mozart. Quartets

O. Balakauskas. “Invention and Dance”

PERFORMERS

Vilnius ST. CHRISTOPHER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Artistic Director and Chief Conductor MODESTAS BARKAUSKAS

Concert conducted by DONATAS KATKUS

Soloist – EDGARAS DAVIDOVIČIUS (tenoras)…Continue readingPoetic Katkiana

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Charity concert “Children for Children”

21 March, Thursday, 19:00, at St. Catherine’s Church the charity concert “Children for Children” will be held for the fifth time.

It is meant to commemorate the world famous cello player, conductor, protector of human rights, philantropist Mstislav Rostropovich.

In a festive charity concert “Children for Children” the ideas of Mstislav Rostropovich himself will be brought back to life. The famous musician has patronized both very talented and ill children. Therefore, together with St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra conducted by Modestas Barkauskas, we will see on stage young performes that are supported by the foundation of the foundation of M. Rostropovich and want to pay attention to their sick peers: everyone will be invited to contribute to the Childrens’ Hospital Charity Foundation.

PERFORMERS OF THE CONCERT:

St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra (Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Modestas Barkauskas).

Young performers patronized by the Foundation of M. Rostropovich:

Justas Drakšas (trumpet), Agnė Gečaitė (violin), Rugilė Juknevičiūtė (cello), Liepa Jurgutavičiūtė (violin), Rokas Makštutis (clarinett), Nora Straukaitė (ballet), Jonas Vozbutas (accordion), Ugnė Liepa Žuklytė (violin).

Conductor – Modestas Barkauskas.

Organisers of the event: Charity Foundations of M. Rostropovich, Children’s Hospital, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, Lithuanian Radio and Television. The project is patronized by – H. E. President Valdas Adamkus and Mrs. Alma Adamkienė.

The broadcast of the concert will take place on 23 March on LRT Plus. Entrance to the concert is free.…Continue readingCharity concert “Children for Children”

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Frank Sinatra in a New Way

7th March, 2019, Thursday, 19:00 at St. Catherine’s Church (Vilnaisu St 30)

Most beautiful songs by Frank Sinatra in a fresh way!

Frank Sinatra – a person most probably known by all. His exceptional vocal, simple and at the same time genial songs are significant part of today‘s world. Acclaimed by critics as the best singer of 20th Century, he lives on through his performed music.

This time, remarkably similar to Frank Sinatra will sing a young, ambitious, incredibly talented singer Martynas Vilius. He has already warmed up performing with other orchestras of Lithuania and now will perform with St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Modestas Barkauskas. The most beautiful hits of F. Sinatra will be performed in a completely fresh way – special arrangements for the songs were made by Tomas Petrikis. It is a classy concert to all fans of Frank Sinatra and American music.

PERFORMERS

Vilnius ST. CHRISTOPHER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Artistic Director and Chief Conductor MODESTAS BARKAUSKAS

MARTYNAS VILIUS (vocal)

POVILAS JARAMINAS (piano)…Continue readingFrank Sinatra in a New Way

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25th BIRTHDAY OF ST. CHRISTOPHER ORCHESTRA

Delicious concert for the 25th birthday of St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra for all – music gourmets, music lovers, longtime orchestra fans and friends!
Here it is coming – so long awaited and carefully planned – 25th birthday of St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra! For your greatest joy, this time on stage musicians will serve a perfect musical cake. We will hear the most beautiful pieces that will reveal orchestra’s exceptional cheerfulness, charm and uniqueness. To make it even more fun, they will share the stage with remarkable soloists, who have earned their recognition on the greatest stages. We will celebrate together with hearty folk singer Veronika Povilionienė, artistic saxophone virtuoso Petras Vyšniauskas, velvet bass Liudas Mikalauskas who has conquered many, expressional violinist Ingrida Rupaitė and famous beloved piano trio FortVio. In the selected program, we will hear rarely performed musical jewels – charming Blitz Fantasy by Vakhtang Kakhidze, impressive Trio Grosso by Anatolijus Šenderovas among others. Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Modestas Barkauskas will conduct the birthday parade and of course, it would not be a celebration without the founder and longtime nurturer of the orchestra Donatas Katkus. Musicologist Rasa Murauskaitė will lead the concert.
Let us celebrate the 25th birthday of an exceptionally lively, colorful St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra. There will not stay a single person indifferent to this fantastic celebration of joy and delicious music; we promise!

PERFORMERS
Vilnius ST. CHRISTOPHER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor MODESTAS BARKAUSKAS
Conductor Emeritus DONATAS KATKUS
VERONIKA POVILIONIENĖ (voice)
PETRAS VYŠNIAUSKAS (saxophone)
LIUDAS MIKALAUSKAS (bass)
INGRIDA RUPAITĖ PETRIKIENĖ (violin)
TRIO FORTVIO
Indrė Baikštytė (piano)
Povilas Jacunskas (cello)
Ingrida Rupaitė (violin)

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EDUARDO GIMENEZ and 4 Tango with Orchestra

14 February, Thursday, 19:00, St. Catherine’s Church of Vilnius (Vilniaus St 30)

Charming and secretive evening with Tango music performed by true professionals of this genre – it is a unique experience on St. Valentine’s day!
During this concert, you will be charmed by exceptional voice of a tango expert, Eduardo Gimenez, sonorous sound of St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra will blend with rich harmony of tango music ambassadors, ensemble 4TANGO.
Do not miss a rare chance to feel as if you would actually be in Argentina: imagine a warm evening, seductive scent of exotic flowers in the air, and you, drinking you favorite drink in a small café and listening to a live performance of music by Astor Piazzolla…

PERFORMERS:
EDUARDO GIMENEZ
4TANGO:
Kristina Žebrauskaitė (accordion), Birutė Bagdonienė (viola), Donatas Bagurskas (double bass), Feliks Zakrevskij (piano)
Vilnius ST. CHRISTOPHER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor MODESTAS BARKAUSKAS
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Musical Flash!

3 February, Sunday, 15:00, St. Catherine’s Church of Vilnius (Vilniaus St 30)

Theatrical concert for children and adults – MUSICAL FLASH!

St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra that will be celebrating its birthday very soon, remarkable actors Aistė Lasytė and Dominykas Vaitiekūnas (the band „Liūdni Slibinai“), and a flock of sprightly girls from a choral singing school „Liepaitės“ invites all, big and small to a fantastic, theatrical and extremely fun concert of songs by Zita Bružaitė – „MUSICAL FLASH“!

What could be more fun than a sea of talented children who are singing the most beautiful songs with the most sincere emotions? Who could resist the charismatic acting of young and yet experienced actors? Moreover, how wonderful that all these elements will be surrounded by a beautiful sound of St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra and other professional musicians! This concert – a real celebration for every ear and most importantly it is marked with a sign of the highest quality. Could one expect more from Sunday afternoon – it will be healthy and useful, fun and sad, nice and there is a great chance that after it is over you will not want to go home!

Do not miss the chance to experience the joyous celebration of music and theatre that once flashed in front of you will remain in your heart for long!

PERFORMERS

Vilnius ST. CHRISTOPHER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

Artistic Director and Chief Conductor MODESTAS BARKAUSKAS

Actors AISTĖ LASYTĖ and DOMINYKAS VAITIEKŪNAS

Pianist POVILAS JARAMINAS

Flutist JŪRATĖ STAŠKIENĖ

CHOIRS OF VILNIUS CHORAL SINGING SCHOOL „LIEPAITĖS“:

Choir of the third grade (leader DIANA MICKEVIČIŪTĖ)

Juveniles choir (leader EDITA JARAMINIENĖ)

Youngsters choir (leader AUDRONĖ STEPONAVIČIŪTĖ-ZUPKAUSKIENĖ)

Author and director of the concert script EGLĖ STORPIRŠTIENĖ

Artists JOLITA ČESONYTĖ, RAIMONDAS GNIŽINSKAS

Lights Artist TADAS JUOZAPAITIS…Continue readingMusical Flash!

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The Book of St. Christopher Orchestra

24 February, 2019, Sunday, 14:00,
Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Centre Litexpo (Laisvės ave. 5), 3 Hall, LRT forum
Presentation of the Book of the 25th anniversary of St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra
This Sunday at the Congress Centre Litexpo, the 3rd Hall, LRT forum, an exceptional event presenting the book of the 25th anniversary of St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra will be held. There you will hear a fun concert by St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra, that will be conducted by it’s Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Modestas Barkauskas. After conducting, maestro will join the colourful discussion with other participants such as the founder of the orchestra, maestro Donatas Katkus himself, musicologists Zita Kelmickaitė and Rūta Gaidamavičiūtė. The discussion will be moderated by the editor of the book, musicologist Rasa Murauskaitė. You are most welcome to visit!
Also, everyone is welcome to join us at our stand (No. 3.17) during the Vilnius Book Fair. We have a lot of to offer: not only the freshly printed book, but the collection of our CD’s gathered during all these 25 years, tickets to fantastic orchestra concerts, and also, we have presents! Please come!…Continue readingThe Book of St. Christopher Orchestra

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VILNIUS BIRTHDAY CONCERT

MUSIC ABOVE SNOWY VILNIUS

24 January, Thursday, 19:00, St. Catherine’s Church
On the 24th January, St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra invites to an exceptionally subtle birthday concert of Vilnius
City.
Imagine a picture – roofs of the majestic Vilnius covered in fluffy snowflakes, white smoke coming out of the chimneys, as if in a fairy tale frozen siluetes of spectacular Vilnius churches and music, clear as crystal in the background, enchanting with its perfection and simplicity of its beauty. It is a concert–impression, after attending it the music by one of the greatest genius of all times Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his father Leopold Mozart will remain in your hearts and minds for long.
There is a reason why the musicians-magicians of St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra and owner of the softest voice Gunta Gelgotė will perform the pieces by both Mozarts’ – the young Mozart is also celebrating his birthday in January, and this year Leopold will celebrate his 300 th birthday.
We kindly invite you to immerse into this masterpiece of exceptionally subtle music – visit a concert „Music above Snowy Vilnius“!
Performers:
Vilnius St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor – Modestas Barkauskas
Gunta Gelgotė (soprano)…Continue readingVILNIUS BIRTHDAY CONCERT

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THE LIGHT OF HOPE

St. Catherine’s Church in Vilnius (Vilniaus St 30), Sunday, 13 January, 16:00

“The light of hope in a sublime note…”

Performers:

Vilnius Municipal ST. CHRISTOPHER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

(Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Modestas Barkauskas)

Vilnius Cultural Centre Women Choir „LIEPOS“ – (Artistic Director and Conductor Audronė Steponavičiūtė-Zupkauskienė)

Vilnius Choir Singing School „LIEPAITĖS“ Juveniles Choir – (Artistic Director and Conductor Edita Jaraminienė)

Vilnius Choir Singing School „LIEPAITĖS“ Juniors Choir (Artistic Director and Conductor Audronė Steponavičiūtė-Zupkauskienė)

Vilnius Cultural Centre Theatre Studio “ELEMENTORIUS” students (Leader Eglė Storpirštienė)

It has become a bright tradition celebrating the Day of Defenders of Freedom with a mutual performances Women Choir „LIEPOS“ and St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra. For the beginning of the year 2019, 13 January a huge collective of several generations has prepared a special program, named „The Light of Hope“. It alone – HOPE – can not be taken from a man, because it is a memory and a desire. So let’s gather together, let’s listen to divine music, wish ourselves and others that the days that pass by so fast would unite us and raise up above the everyday life, would bring closer the victory of the Good.

In the program you will hear eternal works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Stanislaw Moniuszko and Henry Purcell, also the best works by the best Lithuanian contemporary composers.

THE ENTRANCE IS FREE…Continue readingTHE LIGHT OF HOPE

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