Riga, July 8, LETA. From July 25 to August 9, the fourth Historical Organ Festival “Latvia – the Land of the Organ” will take place, during which six organ music concerts will take place in Cesvaine, Riga, Nautrēni, Ugāle, Sesava and Kalnciems, the producer of the organ festival Ilona Birģele informed LETA.
She said that during the festival, the audience will be introduced to the richest repertoire of organ music – from the Baroque era to the compositions of contemporary Latvian composers.
In the closing concert of the historical organ festival “Latvia – the land of the organ”, the world premiere of the Latvian composer Andrejs Selickis’ anthem for organ and violin “Križini” will be experienced.
On July 25, world and Latvian organ music will be performed by Aigars Reinis and cellist Ivars Bezprozvanovs at the Cesvaine Lutheran Church. On July 26, organist Birģele and violinist Paula Šūmane will play in the program “White Night” at the New St. Gertrude Church in Riga.
On August 2, the organ duo “Riga Organum Duo.7” will perform at the Roman Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary of Nautrēni. On August 7, organist Larisa Bulava will play early music at Ugāle Lutheran Church. On August 8, organist Diāna Jaunzeme-Portnaja and soprano Viktorija Pakalniece will meet at the Sesava Lutheran Church.
On August 9, the closing concert of the festival will take place in Kalnciems-Klīve Lutheran Church with the participation of organist Birģele, soprano Ilze Grēvele-Skaraine and violinist Paula Šūmane.
Birģele, the artistic director and producer of the project, said that a renewed organ will be opened during the festival this year as well – this time in Kalnciems-Klīve church. This instrument was built by the Latvian organ master Andrejs Sūnāklis, and today it is the only almost completely authentically preserved opus of the master.
Briģele also pointed out that during the first years of the project, in cooperation with the travel agency “Impro ceļojumi”, trips from Riga will be organized, finding an opportunity to attend concerts in the regions.
In each concert, listeners will receive an introductory lecture prepared by the organist on the historical organ and its culture in Latvia, but after the concerts, all those interested will be able to try and see for themselves the sound of the instrument in the presence of organists and organ masters.
For the first time in cooperation with the Riga Art and Media Technical School, a photo exhibition of students “Latvia – the land of the organ” will be organized in the churches, which will introduce the Latvian organ.
Admission to all concerts for donations.