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Burlington Choral Society Celebrates Music of Latvia
The Burlington Choral Society will present A Baltic Heartbeat: Music of Latvia as its spring concert. Richard Riley, artistic director, will lead the chorus, with vocal soloists, organ and piano in works from classical and folk traditions on Saturday, April 28, 7:30 p.m. at the College Street Congregational Church in Burlington, VT.
The concert features the 1943 cantata Dievs, Tava Zeme Deg! (God, Thy Earth Is Aflame!) by Lūcija Garūta, which premiered in the capital city of Riga with the sound of bombs in the distance. A fervent prayer for peace and freedom, it was banned during Soviet control of Latvia and revived in the 1990s after independence.
Celebrating the traditional side of Latvia's music, the program includes two works sung at Latvian song festivals: Līgo! (“Sway!”) and Pūt vējiņi ("Blow Winds").
Contemporary composers are represented in Stars, a shimmering piece by Ēriks Ešenvalds with accompaniment on tuned wine goblets, The Fruit of Silence by Pēteris Vasks and Ave Verum Corpus by Imant Raminsh.
Vocal soloists for God, Thy Earth Is Aflame! are Joshua Collier, tenor and Erik Kroncke, bass. Lynnette Combs is organist. Pianist Claire Black accompanies the chorus on The Fruit of Silence.
Riley said, "Latvia is one of the peaceful 'Singing Revolution' Baltic nations with a rich musical heritage. I hope the power and passion of the music will transport our audience to a country and culture where choral music represents the very beating heart of its people."
Tickets are at the Flynn Box Office, flynntix.org and (802) 86-FLYNN. Prices are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors.
The historic College Street Congregational Church is at 265 College St., Burlington, VT.