Budgetary institution Šiauliai Tourism Information Center
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Feasts, festivals

Wednesday, April 3, 7 p.m. Šiauliai Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Gegužių Street 57)


Educational and musical programme

Artistic Director and Conductor ROMUALDAS GRAŽINIS


During Holy Week, celebrating the Easter Triduum (Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday), Matins is chanted in monasteries before dawn. From the 16th–17th century, it became known as Tenebrae. For centuries, hymns have accompanied the days of the Passion of Christ and the hours leading up to his Resurrection. They have evolved over the course of time, from Gregorian chant and polyphonic hymns to contemporary music, but their liturgical meaning has not changed. Jonas Vilimas, a lecturer and researcher of Gregorian chant manuscripts and traditions, will present the religious meaning of Holy Week, and the Aidija choir will sing a variety of musical examples that accompanied it. 

The Aidija chamber choir was founded in 1989 at the National M. K. Čiurlionis School of Art on the initiative of Professor Romualdas Gražinis. The repertoire of this regularly performing collective spans from Gregorian chant to the 21st century compositions. The choir has organised educational-musical programmes in cooperation with the Church Heritage Museum, and since 2014 it has carried out the Musica sacra lecture-concert project, presenting masterpieces of church music from the 14th to the 21st centuries, as well as contemporary sacred music by Lithuanian and foreign composers.    

Jonas Vilimas is a doctor of humanities, musicologist, lecturer at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, director and co-founder of the Vilnius University Gregorian choral ensemble Schola Gregoriana Vilnensis.

Compositions by G. Allegri, T. Brazys, P. Calmelet, R. Gražinis, O. di Lasso, J. Naujalis, F. Poulenc, K. Vasiliauskaitė, C. G. da Venosa

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