Latvian organists are marking the year of Latvia's 100th birthday by inviting listeners to eleven concerts in Riga and regions of Latvia. Starting from May 4th till October series of concerts “Latvia's Centenary Through the Sounds of Organ” dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Latvia will take place with the support of State Culture Capital Foundation.
The aim of this concert series is to highlight a significant part of culture of Latvia -the organ, organists and organ music. Variety within programmes - composers’ musical portrayals, golden fund of organ music and chamber ensembles with organ - makes this concert series appealing for a wide audience.
The concert series includes both the most sonorous pages of Latvian organ music history, as well as more recent and unheard pieces. This programme features more than 50 organ pieces from such Latvian composers as Alfrēds Kalniņš, Marģeris Zariņš, Tālivaldis Ķeniņš, Imants Zemzaris, Pēteris Vasks, Georgs Pelēcis, Santa Ratniece, Renāte Stivriņa and more.
Nine bright and creative Latvia's leading organists of different generations will perform in the concert series. Among them are the long-time faculty members of the Latvian Academy of Music - Vita Kalnciema, Larisa Bulava, and their students – Kristīne Adamaite, Ilze Reine, Aigars Reinis as well as other recognized artists. The vast programme includes topics dedicated to Latvia and builds bridges across continents with significant opuses from Latvians abroad. Organist Ligita Sneibe will reveal organ music written by women - Latvian composers.
For listeners who have just recently started to discover organ music, we recommend chamber music programmes where the organ sounds will be enriched by the performances of soloist of the Latvian National Opera Inga Šļubovska, sopranos Laura Purena and Ieva Ezeriete, cellist Ēriks Kiršfelds and trumpetist Jānis Porietis.
Concerts taking place in St. Gertrude Old Church will be broadcasted to screens so that every listener could have an insight behind the scenes of the organist's performance.
The finale concert is expected to be particularly magnificent. It will be possible to hear performances by six Latvian organists, including an organ duo.
Entry to the concerts is for donations.
Created and done by: St. Gertrude Old Church