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Ažuoliukas Boys and Youth Choir

The Voice / Celebration of Lithuania’s Presidency of the EU Council

Ąžuoliukas, meaning ‘little oak tree’ is probably the most famous choir in Lithuania. Founded in 1959 by the choirmaster Herman Perelstein, it has grown to become an important part of the Lithuanian music scene, and a true epitome of boyhood in Vilnius. Nowadays its members, who usually join the choir aged 6 or 7, often stay on well into manhood, bringing their sons to sing along with them. The present choirmaster, Vytautas Miškinis, came to sing with Ąžuoliukas at the age of seven, and, having fallen in love with both the music and the atmosphere, has never left it.

In spite of the young age of many of its members, the choir maintains a varied and complex repertoire, from Mozart, Handel and Webber to Dvorak, Shostakovich and contemporary Lithuanian composers, such as Balsys and Kutavičius. Ąžuoliukas is loved by national and international audiences for its versatility and its willingness to participate in all sorts of projects, but  at the same time it performs very professionally.

This concert will be given with the students' orchestra of the Royal Conservatories of Brussels and Mons supervised by professional musicians of the Orchestre Royal de Chambre de Wallonie.

Flagey, Lithuanian Presidency, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Permanent Representation of Lithuania to the EU, Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the Kingdom of Belgium, International Cultural Programme Centre, Wallonie-Bruxelles International