Northern Lights

2018 April 13 Past event
1 h 50 min
14.00 - 18.00 €

A concert to mark 100 years of restored Latvia
Start of the Event: 6.30 PM

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra (Latvia)
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius

State Choir “Latvia” (Latvia)
Artistic Director and Conductor Māris Sirmais (Latvia)

Imants Kalniņš – Symphony No. 7
Ēriks Ešenvalds – Northern Lights

Latvia is Lithuania’s nearest neighbour, a country with which we share quite a few similar experiences in the past, interests in the present, and goals in the future. We will mark the centenary of Latvia’s restored independence with special concert “Northern Lights,” featuring some of the most frequent exponents of Latvia’s classical music scene – the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and the State Choir “Latvija.”

For several years now the Klaipėda Concert Hall has nurtured close cooperation with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra by exchanging programmes and developing joint projects. The history of this outstanding orchestra began as early as in 1881, when the first Philharmonic was established in the Baltic countries. Since last autumn Lithuanian conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius has been appointed its chief conductor.

The State Choir “Latvija” will give its first performance at the Klaipėda Concert Hall. It is currently one of the brightest beacons in Latvian music scene, much lauded for spreading the light of Latvian choral culture around the world. The largest professional choral collective in the Baltic countries, the State Choir “Latvija” celebrated its 75th anniversary last year. In this concert, an all-Latvian programme will be conducted by the Choir’s artistic director and one of the leading Latvian conductors, Māris Sirmais. He is the 11-time winner of Latvia’s supreme music prize – the Grand Music Award.

The programme presents two large-scale works: Imants Kalniņš’s Symphony No. 7 and Ēriks Ešenvalds’s Northern Lights. The latter is written for choir, symphony orchestra and multimedia and explores the phenomenon of northern lights, or, more precisely, attempts at its sonic counterpart. Have you ever heard the sound of the northern lights? This concert might help you find this out.