On April 27 at the Latvian National Opera will be world premiere of the multimedia symphony Northern Light by Ēriks Ešenvalds. Participants: State Choir Latvija, Liepaja Sypmhony Amber Sound orchestra and conductor Māris Sirmais.
This outstanding 40-minute long symphony is a masterpiece devoted to the atmospheric optic phenomenon, the Northern Lights. It is a unique piece, which has an added value of cultural historical heritage. Ēriks went on several expeditions to northern Norway to meet his collaboration partner in this project – the Norwegian, Kjetil Skogli, a professional Northern Lights photographer and video maker. He also visited Iceland, Greenland, Russia and northern Alaska (USA). While there, he recorded nature sounds (breathing of whales in the fjords, frost cracking the tree barks, wind gales and dogs howling) and the tales and folksongs of the Northern Lights as told by the Nordic nations. All of these materials will be used while the symphony is performed.
What is the sound of the Northern Lights? Scientists believe that they have no sound, but through the unique stories, the beauty of nature and breath-taking photographs and videos, Ēriks Ešenvalds gives them a voice.
Ēriks ešenvalds (1977) is one of the best-known Latvian composers, author of both vocal and instrumental music, three cantatas and one opera. In year 2011, he was awarded the two-year position of Fellow Commoner in Creative Arts at Trinity College, Cambridge University. Ešenvalds is a two-time winner of the most prestigious musical award of Latvia – the Grand Music Award.
Tickets are available at the box offices and on the website of Biļešu Paradīze
Video about Northern Light.