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2013.09.13 13:45

The pearls of Lithuanian culture presented in Belgium

DELFI|The Lithuania Tribune2013.09.13 13:45

President Dalia Grybauskaitė together with King Philippe of Belgium opened a gala concert to celebrate the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Press Service of the President has informed. 

President Dalia Grybauskaitė together with King Philippe of Belgium opened a gala concert to celebrate the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Press Service of the President has informed.

Performing at the Bozar Centre for Fine Arts was the world-famous opera singer Violeta Urmanavičiūtė-Urmana and the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Modestas Pitrėnas. It was the first concert attended by King Philippe after his royal inauguration.

“Together we are building a strong European family that is creative and harmonious – a family where different voices do not overpower, but support and encourage each other. And it is culture that often becomes the connecting bridge which helps understand how different and how similar we all are,” the President said addressing the audience.

She pointed out that Lithuania’s Presidency of the EU Council was an excellent opportunity to present to Europe the best of everything and most valuable in our culture.

The fact that the gala cultural event of the Lithuanian Presidency is held in the context of prestigious Belgian Klarafestival 2013 shows its high artistic value.

The concert programme included symphonic poem Miške (In the Forest) by the outstanding Lithuanian composer and painter Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, Richard Wagner’s song cycles from Die Walküre and Tristan und Isolde, and symphonic poem Tod und Verklärung by Richard Strauss. Violeta Urmana performed the Lithuanian folk song Ulijona. The concert was broadcast live on Belgian radio.

Bozar is not only one of the most famous buildings constructed in the geometric design language of art deco, but also Belgium’s major cultural centre which is home to the National Orchestra of Belgium.

The concert took place in the largest hall of the Centre for Fine Arts with wonderful acoustics, seating more than 2,000 people.

The Centre for Fine Arts will also host some other cultural events of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council (Retrospective of Jonas Mekas’ Art, Hamlet staged by Oskaras Koršunovas).

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