Premiere of symphony NORDIC LIGHT by Ēriks Ešenvalds in Kurzeme


On 12 August at 7 pm in Concert Hall GREAT AMBER the festival Liepāja Summer presents the Kurzeme premiere of multimedia symphony Nordic Light by Ēriks Ešenvalds. The symphony will be performed by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and State Choir Latvija under the baton of Māris Sirmais and with the participation of the composer himself.

The performers will conjure the story about Northern lights, the subject of Northern legends, which will be supplemented with a documentary video and nature sounds recorded during the expeditions of Ēriks. The renowned composed Ēriks Ešenvalds, who was born in Priekule, will explain the story behind the music.

Since ancient times Northern lights (Aurora Borealis) has been the subject of many tales and legends. Northern People describe them as gusts of snow stirred up by a fox’s tail, the gate to heavens for the deceased, a tireless battle between warriors, or even a ball game in the sky in which the ball is the skull of a walrus. Several years ago, this unique legacy of the Nordic nations inspired Ēriks Ešenvalds to take a journey to Scandinavia, Iceland, Greenland and Alaska together with director Renārs Vimba and cameraman Dainis Juraga in order to document these ancient stories and the nightly voices of nature.

The impressions from the expedition are conveyed in the symphony. The musical message presented by the orchestra and the choir will be supplemented with video projections featuring the legends told or sung by Northern narrators. The projections of Northern lights, created in collaboration with Norwegian photographer Kjetil Skogil, who calls himself an "Aurora chaser", during the performance will merge with the sounds of music and nature thus allowing the audience to enjoy the long forgotten authentic legends about the Northern lights - the largest atmospheric optical phenomenon on Earth.