THE LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS, AND THE DARKNESS HAS NOT OVERCOME IT

THE LIGHT SHINES IN THE DARKNESS, AND THE DARKNESS HAS NOT OVERCOME IT

Date: July 25/ 8 pm Šiauliai Church of the Immaculate Conception of Blessed Virgin Mary

THE LIGHT OF THE ENSEMBLE DUODECO WILL SHINE DURING CHURCH NIGHTS

In this difficult time for humanity, when hope is desperately needed to each and every one of us, the ensemble Duodeco is inviting its listeners to embark on a musical journey from the darkness to the light, from the desert to the Promised Land.

The programme features works by contemporary composers. It is not by chance that it also includes Miserere by James Macmillan. The composition was written on the basis of Psalm 51 inspired by the great biblical promise to create a pure heart in man. The piece also speaks of sustainable and ultimate renewal; of irreversible conversion of human inner being. Sacral atmosphere and the spiritual path from the darkness to the light are conveyed to the audience through subtle dynamics, impressively unfolding harmony, and imitations of Gregorian chant. This is one of the most dramatic and most well-known Macmillan’s compositions for a choir a cappella.       

Another work by Macmillan – Data est mihi omnis protestas – is a communion motet for Ascension Day featuring a text excerpt from the Gospel of Matthew. In this Gospel passage, Christ reveals Himself to His disciples, who lost all hope, and proclaims the good news.  

Hymne à Saint Martin by Vaclovas Augustinas is for eight parts a cappella. Saint Martin, the bishop of Torino, lived in Italy, in the 4th century. Originally from Hungary, he was a Roman legionary in his youth. Martin was not only a good soldier but also a very compassionate person who helped the poor. It is said that he once met a half-naked beggar shivering in the cold by the city gate. Martin cut his cloak in two with his sword and gave one half to the beggar. That very night, Christ appeared to him in a dream wearing the piece of the cloak he had given away.  

The concert will be crowned with Unicornis captivator by Ola Gjeilo written on the basis of the old texts from Engelberg Abbey (Switzerland) describing the death and resurrection of Christ. With the help of the language of music, the composer conveys the struggle of life and death and the everlasting victory of Christ.

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The vocal ensemble Duodeco is a group of eight professional musicians established in Vilnius, in 2019. In terms of their repertoire, Duodeco is a highly flexible and contemporary octet performing both old and modern musical compositions with the aim of promoting the genre of ensemble singing in Lithuania.

The ensemble started its activities in 2020, when together with the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra they had their first concert and performed the oratory The Altar of Mercy by Algirdas Martinaitis.

In their music, the members of Duodeco strive for impeccable and harmonious sound that would serve as a benchmark to other ensembles and would captivate the audience. The ambition of the octet is to develop relevant projects of great public interest which would contribute significantly to the cultural space of Lithuania.

The artistic director of the ensemble Duodeco Povilas Vanžodis is a promising choir conductor and a singer, and also a conductor of the Šiauliai State Choir Polifonija.

The members of the vocal ensemble Duodeco are the following: sopranos – Augustė Andrijauskaitė and Justina Leinartaitė, altos – Ūla Zemeckytė and Evita Rudžionytė, tenors – Povilas Vanžodis and Evaldas Alekna, basses – Gabrielius Gaidamavičius and Arūnas Maliukas.

Photo by Ignas Avižinis

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