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This year, from September 21 to October 14, the 18th Banchetto Musicale international festival of early music will take place in Vilnius. As every year, the festival will present both popular compositions from the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods and works that have never been performed in Lithuania before.

Many celebrated early music performers from Austria, Belgium, France, Italy, Great Britain and the Baltic states will appear in this year’s festival. The festival will start with an entertaining performance by the Baltic States Baroque Orchestra, entitled "Musique de table" (Table music). At Vilnius’ concert halls, churches and the Lėlė Puppet Theatre, concerts will be given by internationally renowned ensembles, such as Unicorn, Tetraktys, Café Zimmermann and ensembles of traditional, early and jazz music from Belgium, and the lute virtuoso Jacob Heringman.

The Brevis Choir and Consort will present two exciting projects. The first one is Orazio Vecchi’s madrigal comedy L'Amfiparnaso, with well-known Lithuanian actors; and the other is a programme featuring compositions by Marco Scacchi, a famous composer closely connected with Lithuanian musical history and the master of the royal chapel of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the 17th century, and his contemporaries. The concert will be broadcast on Euroradio.

The festival events will be complemented by a masterclass dedicated to Gregorian chant and choral literature. For four days at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, the musicologist, conductor and expert on church music Ulrike Heider from Sweden will be sharing her expertise with Lithuanian and foreign students and professors. In one of the festival’s concerts, she will also appear as an organist.

The festival's press conference is to be held on September 14 at 11.30 am, at the Lėlė Puppet Theatre, Arklių g. 5.

The festival is organized by the Public Institution Banchetto Musicale.


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