Lithuanian choir concert Nov. 15 at Trinity Lutheran

Lithuanian choir concert Nov. 15 at Trinity Lutheran Studium, conducted by Gediminas Ramanauskas from Siauliai University in Siauliai, Lithuania, will present a choir concert, free and open to the public at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 15 at Vermillion's Trinity Lutheran Church, sponsored by the USD Department of Music.

Studium is performing a number of concerts in the region, as part of their visit to the United States. In addition to Vermillion, they will give concerts in Omaha and at the Nebraska Music Educator's Association Conference, held in Lincoln, NE, Nov. 18-20.

The Siauliai University mixed choir Studium was established in 1974. The choir Studium has performed throughout Lithuania as well as in Latvia, Estonia, Russia, Sweden, Denmark, Czech Republic, France, Holland, Great Britain, Belgium, Italy and the United States including appearances in National and International Festivals.

In 1989, Studium became a competition winner of the World Lithuanians Song Festival. They were awarded the audience prize and were the winners of the contest "Tonen 2000" in Holland. In 2004, the choir was awarded the Golden Diploma in the International Choir Competition "Riva del Garda" in Italy. The competition included participation in the Mass in the Vatican.

The choir has been participating in concerts with the Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra, the Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, and St. Christopher Chamber Orchestra. In 1998, Studium performed N. Sheriff's The Psalms of Jerusalem together with the Lithuanian National Symphony orchestra and the Vilnius choir Jauna Muzika. A CD of this concert was released in Germany. In 2001, Studium released their first compact disk, Musical Semester. Additionally, in 2000, the chorus performed Carmina Burana with the visiting Symphonic Wind Ensemble from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in a concert that was broadcast throughout Lithuania on the National Television Network.

Gediminas Ramanauskas is associate professor of music and director of the Studium Chorus at Siauliai University, Lithuania. He received his education at the Lithuanian Academy of Music in Vilnius.

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