DEO GRATIAS - An exhilarating, Opera-filled Gala.
2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the Lydians as a musical organization in Trinidad and Tobago. On Friday 13th December 2019 at Queen's Hall, all are invited to the festive opening of the launch of a year of musical and non-musical events in celebration of this joyous milestone. This year's annual Christmas concert entitled DEO GRATIAS, which runs from the 12th to 15th December, will begin the year entitled, 'Festival of Lydians', to conclude in September 2020.
In 1979, the Lydian Singers gathered at the Bishop Anstey High School Port of Spain for its first rehearsals under then music teacher Joyce Spence, with one mission in mind - to debut a masterful performance at the T&T Music Festival of the following year. The choir began with ladies only, and under Mrs. Spence, 1980 proved a most successful launch for the Lydians, who, since then, have gone on to maintain an impressive, national winning streak to capture over 30 championship trophies at the Festival. In 1984, Ms. Alma Pierre took direction of the choir, in and 1987, Dr. Pat Bishop T.C., D.Litt Hon. agreed to take up the baton until her passing in 2011.
Under the baton of the third musical director, Dr. Pat Bishop, the Lydian Singers were expanded and grew into a new identity - "The Lydians" comprising steelpan players, African and Tassa drummers, dancers, visual artists and other treasured creative collaborators. The Lydians flourished to become one of the foremost musical organizations in the country with multiple accolades including a national award - the Hummingbird Medal - Gold for excellence in music and community service. Under cultural icon and musical stalwart Dr. Pat Bishop, the Lydians also earned a celebrated career in Opera productions, completing five (5) fully-staged works performed from great halls to steel panyards, each with exquisite commitment to Classical singing quality with a signature Trinbagonian artistic flair.
DEO GRATIAS will feature a Gala evening performance on Friday 13th December 2019 at the Queen's Hall Auditorium, which will showcase excerpts from all five of the Lydians' operatic works; from the tale of an African Prince KOANGA to the wily Dr. Dulcamara peddling his elixir of love in the French-inspired L'ELISIR D'AMORE. The Lydians will take you on a journey to Peking, China where Liu the servant girl will sing of her devotion and love to the aloof Princess TURANDOT, then to the festive, Native American-inspired wedding feast with the great singer Chibiabos from 'Scenes from the Song of HIAWATHA' and finally, to the steelpan yard for the Trini-Greek interpreted tragedy ORPHEUS & EURIDICE to be tormented by the furies of the underworld.
The composers of these major works - Frederick Delius, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Puccini, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Christoph Willibald Gluck may have never dreamed that a choral group from the English-speaking Caribbean called the Lydians would ever perform their music, and certainly not with such uniquely Caribbean flavour and yet here we are. Standing proudly at 40 years a choir, with a musical legacy encompassing an impressive range of music for which we are deeply grateful and will forever say....Deo Gratias!
DEO GRATIAS! (Latin)
"Thanks Be To God!"
This Christmas, the Lydians have so much for which to be thankful.
From Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th December 2019 at Queen's Hall, we launch into a grand celebration of 40 years of music.
[Show Dates, Times]
Thursday 12th December, 2019 - 7:30 pm *Friends of The Lydians Night [$150]
Friday 13th December, 2019 - 7:30 p.m. *Gala Anniversary Performance [$350 General, $400 Special Reserved]
Saturday 14th December, 2019 - 7:30 p.m. [General Admission: $200 Special Reserved: $250]
Sunday 15th December, 2019 - 6:00 p.m. [General Admission: $200 Special Reserved: $250]
Special discounts available to TTARP members and Tertiary education students (ID required). Redeemable at Queen's Hall Box Office for Friday, Saturday & Sunday shows only)
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