We hereby cordially invite you to visit Vilnius City Hall at 19:00 on 4 May. Awaiting you will be welcome speeches from the Mayor of Vilnius and other city representatives, a top class chamber orchestra and a dinner. This evening is also a perfect opportunity for informal meetings with your colleagues from all over the world and we hope you will be pleasantly inspired by historic surroundings of this event.
Vilnius Town Hall (Vilniaus rotušė) is a historical town hall at the heart of the Old Town of Vilnius. Mentioned for the first time in 1432, it was initially a Gothic style building, but has seen reconstruction many times over the ages and the current neoclassical style of Vilnius Town Hall is a result of the design of Laurynas Gucevičius in 1799. Unchanged since that date, its Gothic cellars have nevertheless been preserved and may be visited.
Nowadays it is used for representational purposes, as well as during the visits of foreign state officials and leaders, including George W. Bush and Queen Elizabeth II.
The Vilnius City Municipality St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra
The Vilnius City Municipality St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra (artistic director and conductor – Donatas Katkus) is a collective widely known for its universality, professionalism, and artistic imagination. The orchestra is an eagerly awaited guest not just in prestigious concert halls in Lithuania and abroad, such as the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, the Harpa in Reikjavik, the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm, at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, or the Royal Palace in Warsaw, St Petersburg’s M. Glinka Hall, or Moscow’s P. Tchaikovsky’s Conservatory, but also in less predictable places like outdoor stages or even sand quarries.
The orchestra was formed in 1994 by the initiative of Prof. Donatas Katkus, its artistic director and conductor, who at first envisaged creating a baroque orchestra. Many have noted that the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra stands out from other collectives in Lithuania for its special stylistic universality. Having earned the reputation of a “baroque orchestra” and the reviver of rare partitures, musicologists have termed the orchestra “an excellent base for all of Lithuania’s composers’ conceptions”. Today its repertoire boasts over thirty opuses by Lithuanian authors: from early music to works by students from the Lithuanian Academy of Music. The orchestra has performed almost all of the string pieces F. Bajoras, B. Kutavičius and O. Balakauskas. It gives no less attention to the music of contemporary foreign composers, playing works by P. Vasks, E.-S. Tüür, J. McCabe, Shin, A. Ruoff, R. Sierra and other composers.
From its very inception, the intensive work schedule of the St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra has led to its wide recognition as much in Lithuania as abroad. The collective has successfully represented Lithuania at international events, such as the festivals Strefa Ciszy, Ogrody Muzyczne, Probaltica and Wratislavia Cantans (Poland), Tubin (Finland), Pärnu (Estonia), Europäisches Musikfest Münsterland, Kaskados, Mystik und Maschine, Berlin Jazz, Hermann Hesse (Germany), Berlioz (France), Reykholt (Iceland), and elsewhere.
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