Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra's concert in Riga Dome Cathedral
It will be the opening concert of the 2013/2014 season for the Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra – the first to be held outside of Estonia.
Mägi, who will be the music director and principal conductor of the Vanemuine Theatre for the third consecutive season, is also known to music lovers in Latvia. From 1990-1994 he was the main conductor and artistic director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and the Professor of Orchestral Conducting at the Latvian Academy of Music. Under him, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra performed in well-known concert halls in Western Europe. Mägi has also received the Latvian national cultural award.
The soloists at the opening concert of the season include internationally acknowledged singers Krišjanis Norvelis (bass, Latvian National Opera), Liisi Kasenõmm (soprano, Germany), Jovita Vaskevičiute (mezzo-soprano, Lithuanian National Opera), Mati Turi (tenor), Reigo Tamm (tenor) and Alger Ahuna (soprano, Tartu Boys’ Choir).
This year Mägi will continue the tradition he initiated of performing major religious works at the opening concert of the season with the Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra.
In 2011 they performed ‘Requiem’ by Giuseppe Verdi and in 2012 ‘Stabat Mater’ by Dvořák.
The total number performing ‘Elijah’ will be 160 members of the orchestra and choir. The participants include the Vanemuine Opera Choir (chorus master: Piret Talts) and Tartu Youth Choir (chorus masters: Kadri Leppoja and Riho Leppoja). This is the first time in more than 20 years that such a large number of performers will be making music together in Riga’s Dome Cathedral, whose hall seats approximately one thousand spectators.