Composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, conductor Māris Sirmais, and the State Choir LATVIJA share a special bond. Ēriks sang in the choir’s tenor section for nine years, and the choir has recorded two albums of Ēriks’ music.
While we can’t go out to view the Northern Lights in person at the moment, we invite you to return to 2015, when Ēriks Ešenvalds’ “Northern Lights” multimedia symphony was premiered in the Latvian National Opera. The concert featured the State Choir LATVIJA, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, and conductor Māris Sirmais.
The performance received a Latvian Great Music Award in 2015 in the category of “Performance of the Year”· In November 2017, Renārs Vimba’s film “Northern Lights” was released—the composer’s diary, documenting Ēriks Ešenvalds, Renārs Vimba and cameraman Dainis Juraga’s search for the Northern Lights in Norway, Iceland, Greenland, and Alaska.
The first part of the concert features a selection of a cappella choral music from Baltic composers, including works from different generations. The concert’s second half features the premiere recording of Ēriks Ešenvalds’ “Northern Lights” multimedia symphony.