Sacred Music Concert ...AND THERE WAS A RADIANT LIGHT... on Holy Saturday

On April 23, the Latvian National Opera Choir and the Latvian National Opera Orchestra invites to the Sacred Music Concert...AND THERE WAS A RADIANT LIGHT...

Conductor of the concert is Aigars Meri, soloists – soprano Gunta Davidčuka, alto Ieva Parša, tenor Mārtiņš Zvīgulis and bass Gundars Dziļums.

Programme includes Lacrimosa (1995) by Arturs Maskats, Cantata John of Damascus, op 1 (1884) by Sergey Taneyev and Latvian premiere of 3rd part of Oratorio Christ by Franz Listz (1866).

The Latvian National Opera Choir was founded in 1918, the same year as the state of Latvia. The LNO Choir has always been highly regarded, as it continues to be today.  It was praised not only by the local audiences but also by the foreign critics, who lauded the choir as a unified and very compatible ensemble. The LNO Choir’s main qualities today are its temperament, stage sense, and steady tone.

Aigars Meri is the Latvian National Opera Principal Chorus Master since 2006. He is also the Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Jelgava since 2005. He has made his debut at the LNO as an opera conductor for Lūsens’Puppet Opera in 2008 and the debut as an artistic director of the premiere for Verdi’s Nabucco in 2010.

Arturs Maskats (1957) is one of the most remarkable Latvian composers. Since 1996 he has been the Artistic Director of the Latvian National Opera. Lacrimosa is his emotional dedication to the tragic end of the ferry Estonia, which sank in the Baltic Sea in 1994.

Sergey Taneyev (1856 – 1915) was an outstanding Russian composer, pianist, teacher of composition, music theorist and author. His cantata John of Damascus was written after the death of the composer's teacher, influential Russian pianist and composer Nikolai Rubinstein. Pjotr Tchaikovsky wrote to Taneyev after the premiere of the John of Damascus: “You have composed a wonderful cantata.”

Franz Listz (1811 – 1886) was one of the central figures of the 19th century music: perhaps, the greatest pianist of all time, important composer, a notable piano teacher, a conductor and a benefactor. The oratorio Christ was written over a very long period (from 1853 until 1866), and the composer referred to it as “my musical will and testament”. He observed: “The composition of Christ was an artistic necessity for me. Now that it is done, I am content.”