Latvian Radio Choir, folk musicians from Latgale and priests have come together in this concert show created by conductor Sigvards Kļava, director Inese Mičule and video artist Katrīna Neiburga. In the close-up – the local people, their values and the God Almighty. Sounds and images that testify of Latgalian resilience, from which the locals have drawn their strength in the past and continue to do so in the present. The priests are not only important figures illustrating the spiritual life of Latgale; their participation bridges the two worlds that are present and shape the religious and social climate of the daily life in Latgale.
Among the most monumental projects of Latvia's Centenary celebration, “Latvian Crown” was dreamed up by the artistic director of Latvian Radio Choir, conductor Sigvards Kļava. The four conceptually distinct anthologies – musical crowns – will showcase the particularities, the heritage and the aura of each historic region of Latvia through the lens of the local residents. The unique cultural heritage of Latgale with its idiosyncratic intertwining of folk music and Catholic traditions, the power of the sea weaved in the everyday life of Kurzeme, the national strand and symbolic patriotic space of Vidzeme and the open horizon of Zemgale, bringing to confluence the rivulets of souls.
The idea is coming to reality as 16 concert shows that will cycle through four Latvian concert halls. The crown of each region will be created by a different artistic and creative team, including Inese Mičule, Reinis Suhanovs, Roberts Rubīns, Māris Sirmais, Inese Zandere, Katrīna Neiburga, Guna Kalnača, Jānis Mitrēvics and “Dd studio”, the State Academic Choir "Latvija", Latvian Radio Big Band, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and others. The initiator of the project Sigvards Kļava and Latvian Radio Choir will be participating throughout the whole project.
The project “Latvian Crown” is organized by VSIA "Latvijas Koncerti", in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture of Latvia and the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation, State Culture Capital Foundation, GORS – The Embassy of Latgale and the city of Rēzekne, Cēsis Concert Hall, the city of Jelgava and Jelgava municipality institution “Culture”, and the “Great Amber” concert hall in Liepāja.
The Crown of Latgale concert show “Sounds And Scriptures” is presented on April 22 at GORS, The Embassy of Latgale (broadcast live on Latvian Radio Channel 3 “Klasika”), on April 26 at Jelgava Culture House, on April 28 at Cēsis Concert Hall and on May 5 at the “Great Amber” concert hall in Liepāja.