Johann Sebastian Bach: The Christmas Oratorio

2017 December 8 Past event
1 h 30 min
10.00 - 14.00 €

Dedicated to 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Start of the Event: 6.30 PM

Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra
Artistic Director Mindaugas Bačkus

Chamber Choir Brevis
Artistic Director Gintautas Venislovas

Soloists: Aija Veismane (soprano, Latvia), Nora Petročenko (mezzo-soprano), Mikus Abaroniņš (tenor, Latvia), Uku Joller (bass, Estonia)

Artistic Directors of the Project: Alina Rotaru (Germany–Lithuania), Darius Stabinskas

Program: Johann Sebastian Bach “The Christmas Oratorio”

In music history the cycle of six cantatas known as “Christmas Oratorio”, created by Baroque genius Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750),notably arisescomparing with other composer's cantatas dedicated to Advent and Christmas periods. What did predetermine this worldwide uniqueness? First of all, text of the oratorio concentrates on the integral Christmas story based on Biblical story about the manifestation of angels, adoration of the shepherds, the birth of Jesus and Three Wise Men coming to Bethlehem. At the 7–8 decades of 20th century with the beginning of historically-informed performances this Bach's work became one of the most popular ones in the world's concert halls as well as churches. Advent period could not have been imagined without it. Performances of “Christmas Oratorio” turned into the matter of honor for all the Western Europe countries. In 2017, announced as the year of Reformation, celabrated in Lithuania as well, this oratorio is being performed in all the countries of European Union. Artistic forces of Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir “Brevis” joined by the great soloists from Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia has been brought together for the performance of “Christmas Oratorio”. Artistic directors of the project – Alina Rotaru and Darius Stabinskas.