Listen: Latvian, Minnesota choirs perform Esenvalds' music at Latvian Song and Dance Festival

Minnesota-based choral group Magnum Chorum performed alongside Latvian choir Anima for the opening concert of Minnesota's Latvian Song and Dance Festival in June.Provided

Classical Performances - Latvian Song and Dance Festival Special Broadcast


August 16, 2022

Enjoy highlights of Minnesota’s recent Latvian Song and Dance Festival, featuring music by world-renowned choral composer Ēriks Ešenvalds and the melded voices of two outstanding choirs: Anima from Latvia and Magnum Chorum from the Twin Cities. The concert featured the premiere of a piece by Ešenvalds in the magnificent acoustical space of the Cathedral of St. Paul, one of the largest houses of worship in the United States. Listen to the concert now!


Anima of Saulkrasti, Latvia

  • Arr. Emīls Melngaiļis and Laura Leontjeva: Dark Night, Green Grass (Latvian folk song)

  • Arr. Laura Leontjeva: Huff and Puff (Livonian folk song)

  • Ērika Ešenvalda: Landscape With Shepherds (Latvian folk song)

  • Laura Leontjeva: The Sun Rising Upon Me (Latvian folk song)

  • Ēriks Ešenvalds, composer; Charles Francis Hall and Fridtjof Nansen, lyrics: Ziemeļu Gaisma

Magun Chorum of Minnesota, USA

  • René Clausen: Kyrie and Sanctus from Mass

  • Rosephanye Powell: The Word Was God

  • Ken Burton: Rest

  • Ēriks Ešenvalds: Magnificat

  • Ēriks Ešenvalds, composer; Sara Teasdale, lyrics: Evening

  • Ēriks Ešenvalds, composer; Bai Juyi, lyrics: Ancient Prairie

  • Ēriks Ešenvalds, composer; Sara Teasdale, lyrics: I Thought of You

Magnum Chorum and Saulkrastu koris ANIMA

  • Ēriks Ešenvalds: Stars in the Sky

  • Ēriks Ešenvalds: O Saving Victim

  • Arr. Ēriks Ešenvalds: My Love Is Like a Red, Red Rose (Scottish Tune with Robert Burns lyrics)

  • Ēriks Ešenvalds, composer; Anita Kārkliņa, lyrics: Song of the Soul

For more information, visit the Latvian Song and Dance Festival official website and the official Welcome Concert program.