The core around which the programme is built is the link between Olivier Messiaen and Tālivaldis Ķeniņš.
After the Second World War, Ķeniņš, whose centenary we are marking this year, studied music in Paris, where his professor of harmony was the brilliant French ornithologist Olivier Messiaen. The experience accumulated during the Paris years tempered Ķeniņš into a professional of the highest order. The crowning
Latvian National Opera répétiteur Ērika Millere has created a vibrantly colourful chain of art songs by Latvian composers, some of them very well-known but the majority ‒ either forgotten or at least long-unperformed.
The programme is centred around the patriarch of Latvian music Jāzeps Vītols and two of this year’s prominent centenarians, both ‒ Vītols’ students and both ‒ musically complete opposites of
Latvija Choir and conductor Māris Sirmais are set to present a brilliant selection of choral pieces by prominent Latvian diaspora composers. The Canada-based Imants Ramiņš (Imant Raminsh) will be represented with two melodious motets dedicated to the sacrifice of Christ, compassion, love and God.
It was also in Canada that Tālivaldis Ķeniņš, one of the most professional, skilful and diverse Latvian composers, held in
Tālivaldis Ķeniņš reportedly named Johann Sebastian Bach and Robert Schumann as the two composers who had touched a chord with him as a budding musician. Therefore, it is only fitting that the two masters ‒ Schumann and Ķeniņš ‒ rub shoulders in this concert programme. An excellent addition to this pair is Dace Aperāne ‒ an unparalleled mediator between the music scenes of Latvia and the Latvian expatriate community ‒