The National Theater of Opera, Ballet and Folk Ensemble opens its 2020/2021 artistic season with the concert: Agnus Dei, with works by composers Bach, Handel, Mozart, Vivaldi, performed by the NTOB Orchestra, under the direction of conductor Dritan Lumshi, with interpretation of soloists Etrita Ibrahimi (Harpsichord), Dorina Selimaj (Soprano), Ina Gaqi (Alto), Erlind Zeraliu (Tenor), Bledar Domi (Bass). This premiere program will be presented to the public on the evening of October 1, at 19.00, in the Open Hall of the National Historical Museum.

Program:

Johann Sebastian Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

Harpsichord: Etrita Ibrahimi

First Violin: Gëzim Bulçari

Conductor: Dritan Lumshi

Performs: String Quartet

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George Frideric Handel – “Lascia ch’io pianga” –Almirane’s Aria from opera Rinaldo, Act II

Harpsichord: Etrita Ibrahimi

Soprano: Dorina Selimaj

Conductor: Dritan Lumshi

Performs: String Quartet

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George Frideric Handel – “Ombra Mai Fu” – Xerxes Aria from opera Serse

Harpsichord: Etrita Ibrahimi

Bass: Bledar Domi

Conductor: Dritan Lumshi

Performs: String Quartet

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Johann Sebastian Bach – Harpsichord Concerto in D minor

Harpsichord: Etrita Ibrahimi

Conductor: Dritan Lumshi

Performs: String Quartet

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Coronation Mass – Agnus Dei

Soprano: Dorina Selimaj

Alto: Ina Gaqi

Tenor: Erlind Zeraliu

Bass: Bledar Domi

Conductor: Dritan Lumshi

Performs: Orchestra Formation

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Antonio Vivaldi – Gloria

Conductor: Dritan Lumshi

Performs: Orchestra Formation and NTOB Choir

 

Short description

The concert “Agnus Dei” opens the new 2020/2021 artistic season with a premiere program which brings the representatives of Baroque music to the public.

The evening comes as a great prayer to God, for the remission of sins and in the name of love for life. The suffering and sorrow will be felt in the slow rhythms of Handel, which will be followed by the “allegros” of Mozart and Vivaldi, where the greatness and height of God will be felt, in whom we find eternal peace.

This evening is homage to all the families who have lost loved ones due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The show is based on the vocal-instrumental music of the 1700s, with the most representative composers of this period: Handel, Bach, Mozart and Vivaldi.

Handel will be the connecting point between two eras, close in years but which were considered as two different styles, denominated as baroque and classical music.

The particularity of this concert is the vocals, which come through two soloists, the quartet and the choir.

 

Dritan Lumshi

Started his violin studies at the Jordan Misja Artistic School and then completed his studies in symphonic and choral conducting at the Academy of Arts in 2004 with excellent results and a Master in Musicology in 2007. Since 2007, he has been the Conductor of the NTOB Choir. He has directed the NTOB choir in many works and has benn the main conductor in operas such as Magic Flute, Drei Grochen Opera, The Marriage of Figaro, Suor Angelica, La Bayadère ballet, etc. In addition to activities at NTOB he has participated in many other activities at home and abroad. He is also a professor.

 

Etrita Ibrahimi

Born in Tirana in a well-known family of artists, she began her concert activity at a very young age. In the following years, she held a series of concerts and won several awards in national competitions and in 1989, she continued her studies at the “G. Verdi” Conservatory of Turin, where she graduated “cum laude”, in the class of Prof. Remo Remoli. She has performed many concerts in all cities of the Piedmont region in Italy, Austria, Spain, Czech Republic, France, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Croatia, Albania, etc. She has been awarded the first place in various competitions. For the artistic activity held in Italy, she won the international career award “Beato Angelico” in 2005, awarded by the Municipality of Rome (Italy).

She is currently the artistic director of the International Festival “PIANODROM”, concertmaster at the National Theater of Opera, Ballet and Folk Ensemble in Tirana and vice president of the Cultural Foundation “Feim Ibrahimi”.

 

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