Kamertonas Kaunas, Lithuania

Conductor: Kestutis Jakeliunas

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Programme

Preliminary Round

G. P. da Palestrina (1525–1594): Exultate Deo
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897): Darthulas Grabesgesang
Eric Whitacre (1970): Sleep
Gintautas Venislovas (1973): Teka, teka
Giedrius Svilainis (1972): Žuvų dainos

Final Round

Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643): Lasciatemi morire
Hugo Wolf (1860–1903): Ergebung
Francis Poulenc (1899–1963): Un soir de neige
Giedrius Svilainis (1972): Laudate Dominum
Giedrius Svilainis (1972): Žuvų dainos

The mixed choir “Kamertonas” from Kaunas, Lithuania, was founded in 1995 by conductor Romaldas Misiukevicius and singer Vytautas Normantas. The choir members are amateur singers – representatives of all variety of occupation.

Since 1996 Algirdas Viesulas became the conductor of Kamertonas. At the end of the same year, the choir performed at the prestigious F. Schubert competition in Austria.The choir, led by Algirdas Viesulas, organized a number of concerts in various towns of Lithuania as well as abroad: Germany, Austria, Poland, etc. Since 1998, Kamertonas is a regular participant of Kaunas and the World Songs festivals.

In 1999 the choir organized a concert tour in the United States of America. It was a tour of 12 concerts organized in different Lithuanian communities in various towns. Two years later, “Kamertonas” was one of the first Lithuanian choirs to perform in Australia. In 2001, the choir brought back home a Gold Diploma from the International Choir competition in Prague, Czech Republic. In October of 2003, Kamertonas visited the Republic of South Africa where they performed with local choirs.

At the end of 2003, the steering wheel of the choir was taken over by conductor Kestutis Jakeliunas. He led the choir to the Kaunas Chamber choir festival-competition “Cantate Domino” where the choir received a Silver Diploma. At the Lithuanian choir contest in 2006, Kamertonas was granted the 1st level diploma, which endorsed the choir’s position among best choirs in the country. In February of 2006, Kamertonas had a tour in Mexico, where three concerts were organized during the travel all over the ancient Indian country. In Mexico, Kamertonas received a warm welcome and a big appreciation from the local music admirers.

In the 2nd Choir Competition of the XIVth Festival of Sacral Music “Cantate Domino” on November 25th, 2006 in Kaunas, Choir Kamertonas won a Ist place and a Golden Diploma. Mixed choir “Kamertonas” has won the prize of “Golden bird” in the nomination of “International shining star” 2007. In the International S. Šimkus choir competition 2007 and 2011 in Klaipėda, Lithuania, the choir won a 3rd place. In the 3th International Choral festival “Festa Choralis Bratislava 2008” on 29–31 May 2008, Kamertonas won a golden medal.

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