Third “Organ Music Under the Aegis of BACH” Concert in Riga and Jūrmala
Three organists will participate in the third concert in the “Organ Music Under the Aegis of Bach” series, in the Riga Dom on the 27th of June at 7 p.m. and in Dubulti Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jūrmala on the 29th of June at 6 p.m. – Līga Ivāne, Aivars Kalējs and Aigars Reinis, as well as tenor Ingus Pētersons.
The concert programme includes several compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C major for organ, and “Jesus bleibet meine Freude” from Cantata BWV 147, arranged for organ and tenor, Johann Gottfried Müthel’s Fantasy and Chorale Prelude for organ, as well as four songs from the collection “45 Choice Odes and Songs from Various Poets” that was printed in Riga in 1759. Despite this fact, the songs are very rarely performed in Latvia, therefore it will be a very special experience to hear Müthel’s songs in Riga and Jūrmala. The concert programme also includes two fugues from Robert Schumann’s “Six Fugues on the Name BACH”, the Aria from the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4, and the Latvia-born Canadian composer Tālivaldis Ķeniņš “Scherzo-Fantasia” with the multiple virtuoso passages and polyphonies that manifest the ever-present spirit of Bach.
Admission to the concert in Jūrmala – for donation.
Tickets to the concerts in the Riga Dom are available from the cathedral’s booking office Monday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as one hour before concerts (the prices range from € 7 to € 15).
In a reference to the idea of the “Riga 2014” thematic line “Thirst for the Ocean”, the message of the concert series is, “From a Stream to the Ocean under the Sign 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!”
The concert series “Organ Music Under the Aegis of BACH” 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 features 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. Organists’ performances in Jūrmala will be filmed on camera so the audiences could watch everything the organists do on a large screen.
The project is supported by the “Riga 2014” foundation and the Jūrmala City Council.