Choral Festival by Latvian conductors Jānis Ozols and Laura Jēkabsone

(Latvian team at Hope Centre for Excellence, Dimapur | Photo: NagalandExpress)

Dimapur, February 10 (NE): Choral master classes led by Latvian conductors Jānis Ozols and Laura Jēkabsone underway in Dimapur starting today, February 10, 2020. The rehearsals shall be on February 10 and 11, at Hope Centre for Excellence, Dimapur, which will be followed by a concert at Bundrock Auditorium, Patkai Christian College, Chumukedima, on February 12, 2020.

Embassy of Latvia in India in collaboration with Hope Centre for Excellence, Patkai Christain College & Associate Board of Royal School of Music (ABRSM) are conducting Choral master classes & concert in Dimapur. Ambassador of Latvia to India, H.E Artis Bertulis & his lady wife Esmeralda Bertulis along with Latvian conductors Jānis Ozols and Laura Jēkabsone arrived at Dimapur on 9th February 2020, stated a press release from Hope Centre for Excellence, Dimapur.

The two talented choral experts of the new generation – Jānis Ozols and Laura Jēkabsone are coming all the way from Latvia to India to share their knowledge and practice by working with choirs in four Indian cities- Dimapur, Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore from February 10 – 23, 2020. After two days of masterclasses, that will join together about 250 choral music lovers, choral celebration in each city will be followed by a concert where some of the most beautiful choral works will be performed.

Acclaimed Latvian conductor Jānis Ozols is the Artistic Director of the Mixed Choir at Choral Department of Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, and Artistic and Programme Director International Baltic Sea Choir Competition. Furthermore, he is also a leader of one of the best Latvian amateur choirs “Maska”. He is often invited as a member of jury at international choir competitions.

Laura Jēkabsone is renowned as Artistic Director and singer at internationally acclaimed acappella group “Latvian Voices”. She is also a music arranger, songwriter, chorus master and a vocal coach.

Latvia is famous as the Land That Sings. Latvian Nationwide Song and Dance Celebration, recognized by UNESCO as “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity”, is a performance where 40,000 of people in national dress sing and dance together once in every five years. Urban and rural people have maintained this tradition for almost 150 years and it will be celebrated during the next festival in 2023.

On the basis of this outstanding celebration, in Latvia there has been developed a unique choral culture for a nation of 2 million inhabitants having some of the world’s best professional and amateur choirs. Latvian choirs since many years are among winners of most prestigious international choir competitions and festivals, as well as Latvian conductors on regular basis are invited as experts by giving master classes for European and American choirs and conductors, the press statement said.