Dr Dulcamara

Actor Randal Robinson waves a Trinidad and Tobago flag while performing as

“Dr Dulcamara” in the Lydians Opera production of L’Elisir D’Amore, at the Central Bank Auditorium in 1996.

The Lydians choir will celebrate its 40th anniversary with the Christmas concert “Deo Gratias” (Thanks Be to God), from December 12 to 15 at the Queen’s Hall, St Ann’s.

“Deo Gratias” will feature some of the Lydians’ greatest Christmas hits, including showstoppers from their 40-year repertoire, new music, calypso and parang.

“The Lydians are giving thanks to God for the music that has driven the organisation onward, for the musical directors who have shaped and inspired and for the goodwill, kindness and support of all who have helped along the way,” said Lydians publicist and performer Janine Charles-Farray.

Charles-Farray said the Lydians’ showcase would feature three special characters: the Lydian Musical Muses: La Madame, La Reine and La Belle Nouvelle. The concert will present a carefully curated selection of music from across the choir’s 40-year repertoire, and the muses will represent a celebration of that musical evolution, she said

“These costumed, special guests will personify the Lydian music of the past, present and future—a tribute to the songs the Lydians have sung, played and presented through the years,” she explained.

The concert will also include five operatic excerpts from major works performed by the group over the years. These include the works of Frederick Delius (Koanga), Gaetano Donizetti (L’Elisir D’Amore), Giacomo Puccini (Turandot), Samuel Coleridge-Taylor (Hiawatha) and Christoph Willibald Gluck (Orpheus and Euridice).

Tickets are on sale now for December 12 at 7.30 p.m. The Gala night on December 13, with cocktails at 6.30 p.m. and showtime at 7.30 p.m. December 14 at 7.30 p.m. and December 15 at 6 p.m. For more information, log on to thelydians.org or e-mail thelydiansingers@yahoo.com.

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