CHRISTMAS CONCERT “The greatest gift”, ¨Vilnius 26th December 2012
CHRISTMAS CONCERT “The greatest gift”.
By Henning Høholt
VILNIUS: In the biggest hall for many typs of events in Vilnius, . sport, basketball, Disney on ice, Cirque de Soleil, expositions, congresses, and also popular for large concert events. Siemens Arena, as far as I know, it can cover up to 15.000 people in the audience. The big Christmas Concert “The greatest gift” was arranged 26. December 2012.
Including a long line of the most famouse Lithuanian stars, headed by the great international lithuanian tenor Virgilijus Noreika, still at the age of 77 singing absolutely wonderful. Soprano Sigute Stonyte.
The programme was organised by the most famouse internationally Lithuanian tenor to day Vaidas Visniauskaus, who even has an international name Kristian Benedikt. Onute Kolobovaité, together with the great boy soprano Mantas Jarašūnas, wonderful singing the difficukt discnt part in Pie Jesus by Andrew Lloyd Webber
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. Followed by Rosita Čivilytė, performing Mary Magdalene’s aria from “Jesus Christ Superstar” – soprano, Liudas Mikalauskas, baryton. Furthermore G.Abarius, Ovid Vyšniauskas, Gintautas Tautkus, G.Abarius.
With one famouse international star, the young Russian soprano Yana Kleyn guesting, brilliant in her Mozart solo Halleluja, with great coloratura. The evening was elegantly leaded by Sigutė Stankevičiūtė-Vozbutienė. The very good choir Ave Vita, leaded by Kastytis Barisas and the recently formed Orchestra of Vilnius Sinfonietta. It all splendid conducted by Vytautas Lukočius.
It was interesting that in the 3 hour long programme with great variations the leading thema was Christmas and the all the religiouse music building up to that. In the preparation, the organizer Vaidas Visniauskas has done an outstanding job.
That furthermore one catholic priest and two bishops from different directions, but with one thing in comon the Christmas and Jesus Christ, could cooperate with the Vilnius City to organize such a concert. Hopefully this kind of Christmas concert will be a tradition every year. There is plenty of music and text to choose by. Siemens Arena was completely full.
The only detail, I would have prefered to place the stage at the midlle of one of the long sides, which would do so that the audience would come closer to the stage. Esactly as they do in Oslo Spektrum at the Nobel Peace Prize concerts every year. The lighting was great. The only thing was that there was a disturbing sound from something sounding like a vakuumcleaner, when only a low sound was on, That extra sound disturbed a lot. I suppose it has to do with ventilation, but that is not acceptabel.
1. (Georg Friedrich Handel “hornpipes”)
2. GF Handel‘s “Joy to the World” – Liudas Mikalauskas, choir, (English).
– Catholic priest RIČARDAS DOVEIKA
3rd G.Caccini “Ave Maria” – Onute Kolobovaité, chorus; (Latin LCC)
4th Mozart‘s “Alleluia” – Yana Kleyn; (Latin LCC).
5th G. Bizet‘s “Agnus Dei” – Maya Vyšniauskas, chorus; (Latin LCC).
7th G.F.Handel “Hallelujah” from Messias– chorus, (English).
8th C.Franck “Panis Angelicus” – V.Noreika, chorus; (Latin LCC).
– Vilnius Mayor Arturas Zuokas
9th Andrew Lloyd Webber “REQUIEM” – Pie Jesu – Onute Kolobovaité & Mantas Jarašūnas, chorus; (Latin LCC).
10th ALWebber – Mary Magdalene’s aria from “Jesus Christ Superstar” – Rosita Čivilytė, (English).
11th S.Peres, Lielie “rays of hope” – OVyšniauskas, Rosita Čivilytė, G.Tautkus, choir, (Lithuanian LCC).
1. J.Naujalis “Great joy over the horizon” – Chorus, in addition to solo!
2. “The Lord’s Prayer” – S.Stonyte, choir, (English).
– Lutheran bishop MINDAUGAS SABUTIS
3rd A.Galbiati / A.Rinaldi / J.Franzel “You are with us,” V.Noreika, V.Vyšniauskas, choir, (Lithuanian LCC).
4th A. Adam, “O Holy Night” Y.Kleyn, O. Kolobovaité + choir, (English, Lithuanian LCC).
5th “I’ll Walk With God” – V.Vyšniauskas,choir, (English).
6th Ovid Vyšniauskas “I believe”;
7th A.Fomaciati. Miserere – O.Vyšniauskas & V.Vyšniauskas; (Lithuanian LCC).
8th I.Berlin “White Christmas” – L.Mikalauskas, O.Kolobovaite, choir, (Lithuanian LCC).
9th Gintautas Tautkus “Born in Jesus”;
– Pentecostal Church Bishop RIMANTAS KUPSTYS
10th JFWade “Adeste Fideles” – Y.Kleyn, O.Kolobovaitė, V.Vyšniauskas, L.Mikalauskas, Chorus, (English).
11th Franz Gruber“Silent Night” chorus, all the soloists; (Lithuanian LCC).
Bisa “God, Bless Lithuania” – G.Abarius – all soloists and chorus; (Lithuanian LCC).
The concert led Sigutė Stankevičiūtė-Vozbutienė
Choire Ave Vita.
Orchestra of Vilnius Sinfonietta, conductor Vytautas Lukočius.