The Lydian mission statement affirms, “we recognise that music is a gift and that the ability to perform it is a grace.” It is for this God-given grace that this Christmas the Lydians say, ‘DEO GRATIAS’ (“day-oh grah-tee-ahs”, in Latin, “Thanks Be To God”).
For their 40th anniversary Christmas concert, which takes place from Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th December 2019 at Queens Hall, the Lydians are giving thanks to God for the music that has driven the organization onward, for the musical directors who have shaped and inspired and for the goodwill, kindness and support of all who have helped them along the way.
In this year’s Christmas story, the Lydians will be visited by three special characters, the Lydian Musical Muses, “La Madame”, “La Reine” and “La Belle Nouvelle”. These costumed, special guests are all Lydian music from the past through the present and to future, personifying the songs that have been sung, played and presented through the years. 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 of the Lydians.
A special anniversary Gala performance will be presented on Friday 13th December 2019 at Queen’s Hall at $350 General and $400 Special Reserved tickets available, featuring a sing-along of Christmas carols with the choir in the Queen’s Hall lobby and a ceremonial ornament hanging for all attendees on the Caribbean Christmas tree. The Gala night will also offer limited edition 40th anniversary t-shirts at $150 and a special commemorative programme/magazine available to take home featuring special articles, photos and historical and musical features about the Lydians for $40.
DEO GRATIAS will also feature some of the group’s greatest Christmas hits, show-stopping pieces from a 40-year repertoire, a sprinkle of new music and arrangements from our Calypso and Parang traditions and 5 Operatic excerpts from the major works performed over the years.
These operatic excerpts will take the audience 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 also 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. A special 40th anniversary Opera gift basket with one memorabilia token from each of the five operas staged by the Lydians will be on sale at $200.
The composers of these major works – Frederick Delius, Gaetano Donizetti, Giacomo Puccini, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Christoph Willibald Gluck may have never imagined 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 musical organization, with a musical legacy encompassing an impressive range of music, the Lydians celebrate “this Christmas with immense gratitude proclaiming, “Deo Gratias!
Tickets are on sale now at for Thursday 12th at 7:30 p.m. ($150), on the Gala night Friday 13th with Cocktails at 6:30 p.m., Showtime at 7:30 p.m. ($350 & $400) and on Saturday 14th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 15th December at 6:00 p.m. ($200 and $250).
Outlets include the Queen’s Hall Box Office (624-1284 ext. 1), La Tropicale Flower Shoppe in St. James, (628-0769), Home Land Furnishings, Piarco Plaza (669-8626) and Gulf City Mall (657-2220). For more information, call our ticket hotlines at 268-9556 or 338-6024. Visit us online at thelydians.org or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org