VILNIUS CITY MUNICIPALITY ST. CHRISTOPHER CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, THE
Founded in 1994 through the initiative of Donatas Katkus, the St Christopher Chamber Orchestra of Vilnius was previously known as the Vilnius Chamber Orchestra. In 1995 it took the name of the patron saint of Vilnius and in 1998 was granted the status of a municipality ensemble. During its fourteen years of existence the orchestra has gained national and international recognition, appearing successfully in all the major festivals and musical events of Lithuania as well as touring abroad extensively. With some eighty concerts annually and fifteen new programmes, the St Christopher Chamber Orchestra has won a reputation for the remarkable range of musical styles at its command, ranging from the baroque to the contemporary. The orchestra is well known as a daringly innovative ensemble, eager to expand its repertoire and constantly involved in a number of original projects, including jazz performances, rock operas or pop events.
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