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Dr. Baginska, an artist with international achievements, to perform
Al-Islamiyyah announces organ and choir concert “Viva La Musica” which will be held on Wednesday, Dec 29 at 07:00pm at the Al-Yarmouk Cultural Centre. Entrance is free. Performers include Cantores Maiores Choir , Dr. Valentina Maria Baginska – music direction, on organ and Abdulwahab Al-Muhaiteeb on piano.
Organ recital: Claude Balbastre (1724-1799) – Sonata for Organ in D major I- Prelude, II- Allegro, III- Gavotte, IV- Allegro Tomaso Albinoni (1671-1751) – Adagio Gaston Belier (1863- !938) – Toccata
Piano recital: Sergei Rachmaninov (1873-1943) – Prelude in C sharp minor, Op.3 No 2 Frederic Chopin (1810-1849) – Valse Brillante Op.34 No 2 in A minor
Vocal concert: Latin, English, French and German songs.
Cantores Maiores Choir 2021: Blanche Columbia Fernandes, Diany Coutinho, Rachel Rodrigues, Shaila Lobo, Aldulwahab Al-Muhaiteeb, Gaspar Baptista, Neswin Mendes, Orson D’Souza, Peter Fernandes, Shane Lobo.
About artists Dr. Valentina Maria Baginska is an artist with international achievements as a conductor, concert organist, pianist, music professor, juror, lecturer and impresario. She graduated with first class honors degree from the Frederic Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, the Music Academies in Gdansk and in Riga. She perfected her virtuoso skills in prestigious European music centers.
Maestro Baginska performed in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, France, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine during prestigious international music festivals. Dr. Baginska introduced the organ into Kuwaiti music life. Since 2006 she performs organ recitals in Dar Al-Athar Al-Islamiyyah. She is one from the founders and a former member of DAI Music Circle Committee.
Abdulwahab Al-Muhaiteeb is ayoung music teacher for the primary stage. He graduated from The Higher Institute of Musical Arts with Bachelor degree (piano class of Dr. V. M. Baginska). He participated in previous music projects of Cantores Maiores. He is studying and practicing the piano constantly enriching his skills.
“Cantores Maiores” Choir is a continuation of a 11-year conductor’s activity of Dr. Valentina Maria Baginska in Kuwait. The purpose of it is to present the beauty and emotional richness of worldwide famous and favorite songs. “Cantores Maiores” Choir is filled with talented people coming from different cultural backgrounds and many countries. They were brought together by their common love to signing and to music.
The predecessor of “Cantores Maiores” was The Embassy Vocal Ensemble “The Polish Singers” which came to existence thanks to its founder and director, Maestro Valentina Maria Baginska in May 2010. The purpose of “The Polish Singers” was to popularize Polish music in Kuwait. The first project “Polonia Restituta”(Poland Reborn)was concluded with a concert on the 8thNovember 2010 to the occasion of Polish Independence Day. The repertoire consisted of historical and patriotic songs, as well as instrumental music and presentation of Polish rich history by the narrator.
The second project “Musica Semper Viva”(Music Always Alive) had its purpose to bring Polish folk tradition, show the richness and variety of Polish folk songs from all over Poland. Similarly, the Polish dances (polonez, mazur, krakowiak, oberek, kujawiak). The project concluded with a performance on the 14th December 2011 to the occasion of the Polish Presidency in the Council of the European Union.
The third project “Music from Mazurka’s Land” consisted of traditional, army and popular songs, as well as instrumental dance music. The concert took place on the 5th December 2012.
The fourth project “Musica Lingua Mundi” (Music is the Language of the World) on 8th December 2013 was meant to bring out international composure of 12 languages. Music is a universal language, felt and understood without the need of translating the text. Every human being is able to sense the atmosphere created by music. Music is a medium of expressing human emotion and through choral singing, which is a bridge, connectpeople all over the world.
The fifth project”The Art of Canons” on 29th April 2015presented a richness of European polyphonic music starting from 13th century and requested more advanced skills in choral singing.
The sixth project “The Sound of Music” on 6th April 2016 was fulfilled by the songs composed by Oscar Hammerstein II (lyric) and Richard Rodgers (music).
The seventh project “Springtime Music” on 5th April 2017 presented famous songs from movies.
The eight project “Les Miserables” on 11th April 2018 presented the songs from famous musical based on the novel Les Miserables by French poet and novelist Victor Hugo. It has music by Claude- Michel Schonberg and original French language lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean- Marc Natel, alongside an English language libretto with accompanying English language lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer.
The ninth project “The Phantom of the Opera” on 27th November 2019 was fulfilled by the songs from the same musical composed by Andrew LLoyd Webber (music) and Charles Hart (lyric), additional lyrics by Richard Stilgoe.
On 29th December 2021 you will listen to the tenth project “Viva la Musica” with popular and favorite Latin, English, German and French songs.
Dr. Valentina Maria Baginska consecutively fulfills her artistic visions, perfecting vocal abilities of the singers, combining the members of “Cantores Maiores” into a single, perfect and most beautiful musical instrument – human live voice.