Music and Beyond video with Baby Lucien goes viral

Marina Thibeault, Lucien, Thibeault and Wallis Giunta in a screen-grab from the viral video.

A performance from Music and Beyond’s annual Christmas concert has now received more that one million views since being posted on U.K.’s Classic FM web site and on their Facebook page Dec. 29.

The video features Ottawa mezzo-soprano Wallis Giunta, Montreal violist Marina Thibeault, Ottawa pianist Frédéric Lacroix and a surprise visit from Thibeault’s seven-month-old son Lucien.

The musicians perform the Brahms’ lullaby Geistliches Wiegenlied during the Christmas with

Music and Beyond. During the performance Giunta holds the child throughout. 

Little Lucien had been napping backstage, organizers say, and he woke up just before the performance so they decided to bring on stage.

“It was such a special part of the concert,” said Music and Beyond’s director Julian Armour in a media release. “Lucien was calm and attentive, watching his mother and occasionally looking out at the audience. It’s an absolutely beautiful performance, too”

By Monday morning it had more than 1,050,000 views from all around the world. It’a also had 21,000 likes and 11,000 shares. All three musicians will perform at the 2018 Music and Beyond festival, which runs from July 4 to July 18. Who knows, maybe Lucien will be back too?

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Peter Robb began his connection with the arts community in Ottawa in the mid-1980s when he was the administrator and public relations director of the Great Canadian Theatre Company. After a long career in journalism with the Ottawa Citizen where he served in a number of different posts he returned to the arts when he became the Citizen's arts editor.