Among the most ambitious of Latvia's Centenary projects, “Latvian Crown” was dreamed up by the artistic director of Latvian Radio Choir, conductor Sigvards Kļava. Four conceptually distinct anthologies – musical crowns – will showcase the particularities, the heritage and the aura of each historic region of Latvia through the lens of the local residents.
THE CROWN OF KURZEME | gala concert BLOW YE WINDS
"Blow ye winds and drive my boat, send me on to Courland", to the place where the Livonian traditions are honoured, to the unique, deep-rooted Suiti cultural space and the power emanating from the sea and sand into the daily life. At the shores of Kurzeme the last rays of the Latvian sun flash and the wave brings a piece of amber to the feet of the beach wanderer. And we have been lucky to see a universe in this piece of amber, and put it into our pocket.
Poet and writer Imants Ziedonis: "(..) I imagine a road. I walk through Kurzeme, through fields witnessed and experienced until I encounter landscapes unseen, and I sense that I am stepping out of the awareness and the mundane. The real Kurzeme. The Kurzeme of my dreams. Kurzeme, the promised land."
Reinis Suhanovs, director
Latvian Radio Choir, State Academic Choir "Latvija", Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, ethnomusicians, folk ensembles, soloists
Conductor: Māris Sirmais
Lightning designer: Mārtiņš Feldmanis
Director: Reinis Suhanovs
Place: Great Hall
Organiser: Great Amber collaboration with Latvijas Koncerti