The 75th anniversary concert of Pēteris Vasks will be broadcast live from Cēsis

On Saturday, April 16, on the birthday of Pēteris Vasks, a concert “Presence” dedicated to the composer’s 75th anniversary is expected to be broadcast live from the Concert Hall “Cēsis”.

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According to the representatives of the concert hall, the festive program with the brightest compositions of Wax’s symphony, choir and chamber music will be played on the Latvian Radio 3 program “Klasika” at 7 pm, but will be shown on the 1st channel of Latvian Television at

In the evening, the concert hall will bring together this year’s residence artists, violinist Kristīne Balanas and cellist Margarita Balanas, national ensembles – the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and the State Academic Choir “Latvija”, and two conductors – Andris Pogu and Māris Sirmo.

April is the month when the festival dedicated to composer Pēteris Vasks traditionally takes place in the Concert Hall “Cēsis”. This spring, the fourth spring festival “Pēteris Vasks Music April” was to take place, which annually offers listeners specially designed original programs for the Latvian composer’s birthday, highlighting the music of both the master himself and his spiritual thinkers – Nordic composers.

The prevailing pandemic in the world and in Latvia has introduced its own corrections, not yet allowing the listeners to enjoy the planned concerts in the presence. But, in cooperation with Latvian Television and Latvian Radio, on Pēteris Vasks’ birthday, April 16, he will still be able to celebrate his 75th anniversary – with the composer himself in a concert at the Cēsis Concert Hall and his talent fans listening to it on the radio or watching it on TV. .

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The multi-layered program of Peteris Vasks’ anniversary concert has been created by conductors Andris Poga and Māris Sirmais in close cooperation with the composer himself. As the organizers of the concert promise, all the edges of Vask’s work will shine in it.

“The music of Pēteris Vasks has influenced me very personally – as a teenager, listening to the opus” Musica dolorosa “in a chamber orchestra concert, my thinking and attitude towards contemporary academic music changed dramatically. Latvian composer, whose music is recognized internationally, “conductor Māris Sirmais expresses his thoughts on the jubilee’s work

Andris Poga, the artistic director of the LNSO, adds: “I am always very happy to play Peter’s music – whether it is a premiere, an opus or a work on a record album. It is extremely interesting to see how Vaska’s music is perceived and played by orchestras in Latvia and abroad. in this concert I am in charge of “Lauda” and “Vox Amoris” – both of these works I have played many times – both in concerts in Latvia and together with outstanding European musicians in Germany, France, Slovakia and other countries.”

“Concert program” Presence “will be like a spiritual experience, as a way to fulfillment, to a possible ideal world – from silent reflection and natural beauty in the composition” Landscape Landscape “to a confirmation of light in the choral work” Mother Sun “, passing through the radiance of love “Vox Amoris” to the opus of the symphony orchestra “Lauda” and culminating in the four-time fort “Laudate Dominum”.

The drama of the program will resonate with the composer’s conviction not to allow the severity of suffering, but to endure and not give up; strive upward and draw strength in faith. Pēteris Vasks’ music always gives a sense of presence, it surrounds and is close to the listener. Nothing is distant and foreign in his compositions, there is so much humanity in them, “the concert organizers write.

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As soon as the events with the presence of listeners are allowed, the most anticipated event of the festival “Pēteris Vasks Music April” will be planned – the premiere of Pēteris Vasks Violin Concerto “Evening Light”, the score is already in the hands of violinist Hugo Ticati for his music lovers in Latvia.

The live broadcast of Pēteris Vasks’ anniversary concert “Presence” will take place in strict compliance with the epidemiological regulations set by the country.

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