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THE NORDIC LIGHT FESTIVAL

Choral Encounters with Ēriks Ešenvalds

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For ten days, the renowned Latvian choral composer, Ēriks Ešenvalds, will engage with singers and conductors in Toronto (February 21-24), Kitchener-Waterloo (February 26), Montreal (February 27) and Ottawa (February 28), presenting his innovative works replete with “extravagant dissonances, expansive textures, generous employment of voicings, and sheer audaciousness in dramatic realization.”

The Nordic Light Gala Concert at Metropolitan United Church in Toronto on Saturday, February 24 at 7:30 pm will feature the Orpheus Choir of Toronto and That Choir, in a concert dedicated entirely to the music of Ēriks Ešenvalds, conducted by Robert Cooper, Craig Pike and the composer himself. The performance centrepiece will be the Canadian premiere of Nordic Light, Ešenvalds’ spectacular multimedia symphonic representation of the aurora borealis. When Ēriks Ešenvalds was in a meadow in far northern Norway six years ago, he saw, as many people do at 69 degrees latitude, the northern lights. The flickering green display lasted until dawn while he gazed upwards, made snow angels and took thousands of photos. Ešenvalds was so inspired, he spent the next three years transforming these images into music and a ground-breaking multimedia work for two choirs, orchestra, natural sounds, videos of Arctic storytellers and projections of the lights themselves.

To learn more, download the Press Release.

TORONTO EVENTS

Buy Tickets NowA CHORAL ENCOUNTER WITH ĒRIKS EŠENVALDS

A seminar and singers’ workshop for choirs, conductors, and fans of choral music led by celebrated Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. Hear Ēriks speak about his life and process as a composer, then actively participate with the Orpheus Choir as Ēriks leads attendees through singing 1-2 of his works. Fee includes scores*.

This workshop is presented in partnership St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Latvian Church Vocal Ensemble, and leads into the Canadian Premieres of Ešenvalds’ Nordic Light Symphony and the making-of documentary screening on Saturday February 24th. Single tickets and Nordic Light Pass for February 24th events are available.

*Note: Scores will be emailed by PDF to registrants prior to the event; hard copies will be distributed on-site.

Wednesday February 21, 2018 – 7:00-10:00pm
St John’s Latvian Lutheran Church, 200 Balmoral Ave, Toronto
presented in partnership with St. John’s Vocal Ensemble
$30 | $20 students, includes scores

Buy Tickets NowSCREENING OF NORDIC LIGHT: A COMPOSER’S DIARY + ONE-ON-ONE WITH ĒRIKS EŠENVALDS

The Canadian premiere screening of the documentary film about the making of Ēriks Ešenvalds’ multimedia Nordic Light Symphony. Immediately following the screening, hear Ēriks Ešenvalds in conversation and have an opportunity to ask him questions!

A perfect pairing with the Canadian Premiere performance of Nordic Light Symphony at 7:30pm on the same day. Note: Passes are available, receive a discount when purchasing tickets to both the documentary screening and the concert on February 24th.

Saturday February 24, 2018 – 3:00-4:30pm
Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St E, Toronto
$20 general

Buy Tickets NowNORDIC LIGHT GALA CONCERT

Experience the mystical Aurora Borealis as never before with the Canadian Premiere of renowned Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds’ multi-media Nordic Light Symphony. Folk and Indigenous storytellers from the earth’s circumpolar nations reveal their mythic beliefs in songs and stories of the ethereal Northern Lights. Ēriks Ešenvalds himself introduces this significant work and prefaces many of his most inspired and beautiful choral creations in an all-Ešenvalds program featuring the Orpheus Choir, That Choir, and 55-piece Orpheus Concert Orchestra. Conductors Robert Cooper, Craig Pike, and Ēriks Ešenvalds lead the way on this spectacular, multi-sensory adventure.

A perfect pairing with the Canadian Premiere screening of Nordic Light: A Composer’s Diary documentary film about the making of this significant work at 3:00pm on the same day. Note: Passes are available, receive a discount when purchasing tickets to both the documentary screening and the concert on February 24th.

Saturday February 24, 2018 – 7:30pm
Metropolitan United Church, 56 Queen St E, Toronto
$55 adults | $45 seniors | $25 students

Buy Tickets NowFEB24 PASS

Attend the Canadian Premiere screening of Nordic Light: A Composer’s Diary documentary film about the making of this significant work, enjoy hearing Ēriks Ešenvalds in conversation after the film, then hear the Canadian Premiere of his multimedia Nordic Light Symphony in an all Esenvalds concert on the same day!

Receive a discount when purchasing tickets in advance to both the documentary screening and the concert on February 24th, 2018:

  • Screening of Nordic Light: A Composer’s Diary, with One-on-One with Eriks Esenvalds, 3:00PM
  • Nordic Light Gala Concert, 7:30PM

The Nordic Light Festival is presented in partnership with The Adlers Agency, and is part of the Latvian 2018 Centenary Celebrations in Canada.

FESTIVAL OUTREACH

The Nordic Light Festival enables Ēriks Ešenvalds to visit other cities during his time in Canada, and we are pleased to announce workshops that will take place with with the composer and our partner organizations:

Buy Tickets NowKITCHENER-WATERLOO:
A CHORAL ENCOUNTER WITH ĒRIKS EŠENVALDS
Monday February 26, 2018
A Seminar and Workshop for choral singers and conductors

Conrad Grebel University College, 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Presented in partnership with conductor Mark Vuorinen, Conrad Grebel University Choirs, and the Grand Philharmonic Choir

MONTREAL:
A CHORAL ENCOUNTER WITH ĒRIKS EŠENVALDS
Tuesday February 27, 2018

A Seminar and Workshop for choral composers and conductors
McGill University 3:00-5:00pm
Schulich School of Music, 555 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal
Presented in partnership with Professor Dr. Jean-Sebastien Vallée
Seminar and Workshop for choral composers and conductors (private, by invitation)

A Singers’ Workshop for choirs, conductors and fans of choral music
McGill University 7:30-9:30pm
Schulich School of Music, 555 Sherbrooke St W, Montreal
Presented in partnership with conductor Andrew Gray and The Montreal Choral Institute
Tickets through Voces Borealis.

Buy Tickets NowOTTAWA:
A CHORAL ENCOUNTER WITH ĒRIKS EŠENVALDS
Wednesday February 28, 2018

A Seminar and Workshop for choral composers and conductors
University of Ottawa Faculty of Music, 3:00-5:00pm
Presented in partnership with Professor John Armstrong
Seminar and Workshop for choral composers and conductors (private, by invitation)

A Singers’ Workshop for choirs, conductors and fans of choral music
St. Joseph’s Church, 174 Wilbrod St, 7:00-9:30pm
Presented in partnership with conductor Jamie Loback and Capital Chamber Choir

 
 

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