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Burlington Choral Society

Burlington Choral Society presents

Burlington Choral Society Baltic Heartbeat: Music from Lithuania

College Street Congregational Church
265 College Street, Burlington, VT

  • Saturday, November 23, 2019, 7:30 PM

Adults $25
Students $20

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For its fall concert, the Burlington Choral Society presents a joyful Magnificat, along with festive traditional works from a country rich in song. In recent years, the chorus has performed concerts featuring Estonia and Latvia.

Artistic director Richard Riley leads the 64-voice chorus, soloists and guest instrumentalists.

The Lithuanian national anthem begins and ends the program, with an array of zesty folk songs in between. Classical pieces include the Magnificat, Mary’s song of joy, which composers through the ages have set to music. The BCS will perform a contemporary version by Kristina Vasiliauskaite. Other sacred works are a Pater Noster by Vaclovo Augustino and the 1899 cantata De Profundis by M.K. Ciurlionis.

Honoring the legacy of Lithuanian Jews who began settling in Vermont in the late 19th century, the program includes a solo performance of the poignant Yiddish song Unter dayne vayse shtern (Under Your white stars).

Riley says, “Lithuania’s distinctive choral style features ‘music of the people,’ as political turmoil has greatly influenced how Lithuanian music is disseminated and heard internationally. There's rich repertoire for the church, but equally interesting and distinctive are pieces from folk traditions. I have tried to enter into this remarkable culture by arranging three of the traditional songs myself."

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