Choir and Orchestra Concerts

MASTERCLASS AND DINNER
WITH ĒRIKS EŠENVALDS

Wednesday, June 29, 2022
14:00-19:00
St. Paul College 

Presentation Language: English


World-renowned choral music composer Ēriks Ešenvalds will lead a Master Class, guiding participants in the exploration and enjoyment of his music and in his approach to musical composition. Among the participants of the Master Class will be members of the visiting choir Anima from Latvia, and Magnum Chorum from the Twin Cities. The Master Class will conclude with a dinner and the opportunity to meet with the composer and network with fellow participants. A discounted combined ticket is available for participants who wish to attend both the Master Class and the subsequent Welcome Concert.

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WELCOME CONCERT
FEATURING THE MUSIC OF ĒRIKS EŠENVALDS

Wednesday, June 29, 2022
19:30-21:30
Cathedral of St. Paul

Presentation Language: English / Latvian

A highlight of the Festival, this concert will feature music by world-renowned choral music composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, who will be in attendance, and the melded voices of two outstanding choirs: Anima from Latvia, and Magnum Chorum from the Twin Cities. Attendees will have the unique opportunity to hear the premiere of a new masterpiece by Ešenvalds in the magnificent acoustical space of the Cathedral of St. Paul, one of the largest houses of worship in the United States. A discounted combined ticket is available for those wishing to attend both the Master Class and the Welcome Concert.

"Magnum Chorum” performs one of Ešenvalds' works in the Cathedral of St. Paul.

Composer Ēriks Ešenvalds

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Choir ANIMA

Choir Magnum Chorum

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SACRED MUSIC CONCERT

Thursday, June 30, 2022
16:00-18:00
Church of the Assumption

Presentation Language: Latvian, English


Join us for contemplation and prayer at the Sacred Music Concert. Soloists, musicians, and choirs will bring to life various sacred works, bolstering our appreciation of God’s wonder and creative beauty. The concert will take place at the historic Church of the Assumption, one of the oldest churches in Minnesota and included on the National Register of Historic Places. 

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CHAMBER AND SYMPHONIC MUSIC CONCERT

Friday, July 1, 2022
13:00-15:00

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts | Concert Hall

Soloists, chamber ensembles, and Twin Cities-based Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra will provide opportunity to enjoy the many colors and timbres of Latvian chamber and orchestral music through refreshing repertoire and unique combinations of instruments. The performance will take place in the state-of-the-art, acoustically pristine Ordway Concert Hall.

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GUEST CHOIR'S CONCERT: ANIMA's "Enchanted by the Sea"

Friday, July 1, 2022

19:00-21:00

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts | Music Theater

Presentation Language: Latvian, with English translations

 

Enjoy a lively concert by an excellent visiting choir from Latvia –  Anima. The performance will take place in the state-of-the-art, acoustically pristine Ordway Music Theater.

"Enchanted by the Sea" is a contemporary addition to the Latvian choral music tradition, where traditional a cappella singing is combined with powerful pieces of music with its roots in the popular and world music; it is written for mixed choir, instrumental group and electronics. Music by composer Kristaps Krievkalns, based on poetry by Kārlis Kazāks.

A preview of the program, as filmed in Latvia last summer.

The mixed voice choir Anima, from the beautiful Baltic coastal town of Saulkrasti, was founded in 2001, and is led by artistic director Laura Leontjeva and conductor Matīss Tučs, together with vocal coach Elīna Ose. Anima's characteristic trait is its ability to be in constant movement and change – not afraid to experiment with performances, styles and characters. Their varied repertoire includes folk, classical, and popular music. The choir has issued creative music videos showcasing its artistry.

Choir ANIMA

GRAND CHOIR CONCERT

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Sunday, July 3, 2022

15:00-18:00

Ordway Center for the Performing Arts | Music Theater

Presentation Language: Latvian, English

This is the culminating concert of the Song and Dance Festival, featuring an impressive ‘grand choir’ forged of many choirs and participants from around the world. Enjoy a full spectrum of Latvian choral works with orchestral accompaniment: folk songs, patriotic hymns, traditional classics, as well as more modern compositions. An unforgettable and moving experience for both performers and audience alike!


The performance will take place in the magnificent Ordway Music Theater, home of the Minnesota Opera and host to Broadway musicals. 

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