Concert Series “Organ Music under the Aegis of BACH” to Start in May
The concert series is made up of seven concert programmes and closing concerts, presenting premieres of new compositions by Rihards Dubra, Jānis Lūsēns and Ēriks Ešenvalds. The concert series will feature music by the outstanding composer Johann Sebastian Bach and his last pupil, the Riga composer Johann Gottfried Müthel, as well as works by composers from various countries and centuries that were inspired by Bach and his music. Over twenty Latvian organists, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, singers, instrumentalists and choirs will participate in the concert series.
The opening concerts in the Riga Dom on the 16th of May at 7 p.m., the Liepāja Holy Trinity Cathedral on the 25th of May at 6 p.m. and the Dubulti Evangelical Lutheran Church on the 1st of June at 6 p.m. will feature Bach and Müthel, Chorale Cantata by Tālivaldis Ķeniņš, and two compositions by Romualds Jermaks – Introduction and Passacaglia on BACH, which will have its premiere during these concerts, as well as “It Is Only the Night” (Ir tikai nakts) for choir, soloist and organ, an opus-nocturne composed in 1968 to pay homage to Johann Sebastian Bach that has withstood the test of time. “It Is Only the Night” was performed in almost all European countries by the State Choir “Latvija” in the 1970s and 1980s, it was also performed in many Russian cities and North America.
Performing in the opening concerts will be Organ Professor Tālivaldis Deksnis and two young organists who have proved their skill at not only concerts in Latvia and abroad but also in international competitions – Liene Andreta Kalnciema and Diāna Jaunzeme. Also performing in the opening concerts will be the mixed choir “Sonore”, conducted by Mārtiņš Ozoliņš, soprano Inga Šļubovska, horn player Mārcis Miķelsons and trumpeter Edgars Bārzdiņš.
In a reference to the idea of the “Riga 2014” thematic line “Thirst for the Ocean”, the message of the concerts is, “From a Stream to the Ocean under the Aegis of BACH”. “Bach” means a stream in German, whereas Beethoven said of the great composer: “His name should not be Stream, it should be Ocean! It is the power of art and the spirit that can turn a stream into an ocean, raise and excel, reach the horizons that we dream of!” Small Latvia has been home to the world’s largest organ twice: the Riga Dom and the Liepāja Holy Trinity Cathedral once possessed the largest organs in the world. There is much that Latvia can be proud of – let us listen to the voice of Latvian organs!