Choir

Chamber Choir “Aidija” was found in 1989 in Vilnius in the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art with an initiative of Romualdas Gražinis. Choir members are mainly former and current students of National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art, students of Lithuanian Music and Theatre Academy. Every year choir “Aidija” holds 30-35 concerts in Lithuania and abroad (Moldova, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia, Great Britain, Germany, France, Belgium, China, Finland, Poland, and the Czech Republic).

In 1992 choir won laureate in the International Choir Competition in Great Britain, in 1994 in the similar competition in the same country (Llangollen) got the best youth choir name. “Aidija” is a participant of many music festivals and other cultural events in Lithuania and abroad. In the concerts “Aidija” performs huge variety of Lithuanian and foreign classical and contemporary composers’ works. In 1992 the choir was appointed the Prize for old music promotion from the magazine “Krantai”, in 1993 the choir was given a second S. Šimkus Prize for the contemporary Lithuanian choral music promotion.

The choir first performed complex works of Lithuanian composers B. Kutavičius “Stabat Mater” (1995) and “Pronounce Word – Lips Turn Into Ice” (1996), O. Balakauskas “Requiem in Memoriam Stasys Lozoraitis”(1996), A. Martinaitis “A Song to the Sister Sun”(1996), O. Narbutaitė “Centones meae urbi” (1997), made recordings for the Lithuanian Radio and Television, CDs, cassettes, documentary films.

Other Lithuanian composers premiere:
R. Mažulis “Stigma” (2009, Thomas Mann Festival, Nida)
M. Baranauskas “Templum Dei estis” (2010, Thomas Mann Festival, Nida)
D. Zakaras “Viburnum in the Night” (2011, Vilnius, Marijampolė, Kaunas)
N. Sinkevičiūtė “Whistle”, “Lithuanian Suite” (2011, Kaunas, Vilnius, Marijampolė)
T. Brazys “The Nine motets” (2011, Vilnius)
Folk songs arranged by J. Karnavičius (2011, Thomas Mann Festival, Nida)
A. Remesa, K. Vasiliauskaitė and V. Bartulis sacral works for the concert “Advent Pages” (2012, Kaunas, Vilnius)
V. Bartulis “My Mann’s Dune” (2013, Thomas Mann Festival, Nida)
V. Bartulis “Credo” (2013 Šiluva feast day)
G. Samsonas “Mass” for choir and orchestra to mark the 600th anniversary of Kaunas Cathedral basillica of St. Peter and St. Paul (2013, Kaunas, Vilnius)
A. Martinaitis “Oration on the 600th Anniversary of Baptism of the Samogitian People” (2013, Vilnius)
R. Kabelis “The rain of roses” (2014, Thomas Mann Festival, Nida)

In 2010 the choir hold performances in Brussels (Belgium) and performed in the European Parliament during the jubilee of the 20th anniversary of Lithuanian Independence with the participation of the European Union President Herman Van Rompuy and Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius.
In 2011 the choir participated in the festival “Pax et bonum” in Wroclaw (Poland) and presented a variety of Lithuanian composers’ works for choir.
In 2012 “Aidija” participated in the contemporary music festival in the Czech Republic. During the festival the special evening for B. Kutavičius works was hold in Hradec Kralove. The choir performed the composer’s works “From the Jatvingian Stone”, “The Magic Circle of Sanskrit”, and “The Last Pagan Rites”.
In 2013. The choir has been invited to the International Festival “Ogrodymuzycznie” in Warsaw (Poland) and hold the concert by Lithuanian music in the Royal Palace courtyard.

The choir successfully cooperated with the Church Heritage Museum and hold here 12 concerts during the period of 2012-2014. Most of them – the music-educational program, including lectures on the nobility of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania (Sapiegos, Radvilos, Pacai, Goštautai) and concerts, presenting a wealth of church music. At the present, the lecture-concert project “Musica Sacra: XIV-XXI century church music masterpieces” is successfully implemented. Listeners are introduced about the Gregorian chant and early polyphony, Renaissance, Baroque composers. The concerts feature works of G.Machaut, J. Obrecht, Ch. Morales, P. L. da Palestrina, T. L. Vittoria, G. Gabrieli, H. Schütz, J. S. Bach, C. Ph. E. Bach, M. Haydn, and W. A. Mozart.

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