Festival of Music and Art of the Times of Kettler Dukes of Kurzeme-Zemgale "Vivat Curlandia!"

We invite you to the Festival of Music and Art of the Times of Kettler Dukes of Kurzeme-Zemgale "Vivat Curlandia!"

On 15th and 16th of July 2017, the Festival of Music and Art of the Times of Kettler Dukes of Kurzeme-Zemgale "Vivat Curlandia!" will be held for the second time in the Bauska Castle, the Town Hall and the Bauska Church of the Holy Spirit. In the framework of the Festival, the Medieval and Renaissance music will be performed by the musicians from Latvia, Lithuania, Spain, Austria, Italy and France. The visitors will also be able to listen to the earliest surviving opera Euridice written by Giulio Caccici.

The program of the Bauska Festival “Vivat Curlandia!” will be held in the environment that corresponds to its musical content - performance of ancient music on the historical instruments, in the costumes, on the concert venues and with the appropriate atmosphere – for the modern busy man to get comfortable in the world of ancient values ​​and to enjoy it. The Festival is organized by Maris Kupčs who is the most experienced researcher and performer of the ancient music, in collaboration with the Bauska Castle Museum and Bauska Cultural Center. Ten different musical events will be organized within two weeks, which will please anyone who has an interest in music, art and costumes of the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Early Baroque.

The participation in the Festival was confirmed by the outstanding ensemble of the medieval music Eloqventia from Spain, the ensemble of the early music Chiaroscuro from Lithuania, the internationally recognized ensemble of the early music Neymann Ensemble, which unites the performers from Latvia, Austria and Italy, the ancient dance group Galms, the harpist and expert in rhetoric and historical gestures Katerina Antonenko, harpsichordist Ernests Neimanis, Ilze Grēvele (soprano), Agnese Kalnniņa-Liepiņa, Laura Šarova (baroque violin), Anatoly Grindenko (viola da gamba), Maris Kupčs (Artistic Director) and the actor of the Valmiera Drama Theater Ivo Martinsons. The legendary ensemble of medieval music Alla francesca from the Paris Institute of the Middle Ages Center de musique médiévale de Paris, which will give its first concert in Latvia on the final evening of the ten-day marathon of the Festival's concerts on 16th of July, should be particularly noted.

The opening of the Festival will take place on Saturday, the 15th of July, in the afternoon, in the front of the Bauska Town Hall, with the theatrical performance that will be interesting for families with children, and the same evening the Euridice opera, written by Giulio Caccini in the 1600s, will for the first time performed in Latvia, at the Bauska Cultural Center. The storyline is based on the legendary story of Greek mythology about the musician Orpheus, who went to the underworld to save his beloved wife Euridice, who was mortally bitten by the snake. Riga Early Music centre and the Festival “Vivat Curlandia!” became the historical center for the performances of the ancient operas of the European Opera Academy, so the presentation of the opera includes also the voices of the promising European specialists of the new generation.

Those who prefer the dance, will have the opportunity to watch the concert program “Festa vita” or “Feast of Life”, performed by the Early Dance Group Galms, on Sunday, the 16th of July. The program is based on “The English Dancing Master” by John Playford, which was first published in 1651.

Tickets for the festival “Vivat Curlandia!” are already available at the ticket offices of the Bauska Castle Museum, as well as in the sales points “Biļešu paradise” throughout Latvia. Ticket prices starting from 6 EUR.

Bauska was chosen as the venue for the Festival, since the castles built by the Kurzeme Kettler Dukes were the first ones to represent the manifestations of secular architecture and professional art of the Northern Renaissance in Latvia, and which brought the European way of thinking, culture and rudiments of Renaissance epoch, which, undoubtedly, had an impact on the development of cultural processes not only in Zemgale.

In its turn, at the present time, the Bauska Castle is the only secular architecture heritage of the Renaissance and Mannerism periods, which was not completely destroyed by the wars of the 17th - 18th centuries, and which materially represents this period in the history of Latvian culture.

The Festival is supported by the municipality of the Bauska Region, the Bauska Castle Museum, the State Cultural Capital Foundation, Musica Baltica.

For additional information:

Riga Early Music Centre

Phone +371 25714770

Email. info@earlymusic.lv



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