Last week, the popular Classic FM website received wind of a video captured by an audience member at the annual Christmas concert from the Music and Beyond festival in Ottawa.
The heartwarming performance features mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta and violist Marina Thibeault performing Brahms’ lullaby “Geistliches Wiegenlied” while holding a seven-month-old baby onstage. The video, published on the U.K. publisher’s Facebook page on December 29, has since received over one million views and climbing.
Giunta is heard in the video explaining how violist Marina Thibeault’s baby-boy, Lucien, was backstage and had just woken up from a nap. They thought they’d bring him onstage and sing him the lullaby as an “experiment”.
“…This is Lucien. For the next piece, as you may know, this is Brahms’ most beautiful lullaby. And it is a song sung by Mary to the angels on the night of Jesus’s birth. She’s asking them to still the wind and quiet the leaves rustling in the trees so the baby can sleep. And Lucien was backstage having a little nap, so we thought maybe he could join us for this song.”
The baby is see mesmerized as Thibeault and Giunta perform the song. The audience did their best to applaud as quietly as they could at the end, while the baby took the whole experience in.
“It was such a special part of the concert,” said Music and Beyond’s director Julian Armour in a press release statement. “Young Lucien was calm and attentive, watching his mother and occasionally looking out at the audience. It’s an absolutely beautiful performance, too!”
In a message from Marina Thibeault on the Facebook post she wrote, “Lucien wants to thank you all for your heartfelt comments! Happy holidays to everyone! 🎉 🙏🏻 👶🏼”
At the time of publishing this post, the video has received over 1,105,600 views, 22 thousand likes, and nearly 12 thousand shares on Facebook from users all around the world.
LUDWIG VAN TORONTO