Gratitude and Ascent

Dear Mägi Ensemble community,
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generous donations during GiveBIG. They are starting us on our way to raising the $60,000 necessary to get our group to the Baltics and other events celebrating the 100th anniversary of the song festivals in 2018.  Just as importantly, we noticed a number of people were first-time donors–welcome to our community!

This Sunday, June 21, we will be in Snoqualmie, singing with the Snoqualmie Valley Girls Choir and possibly having a slice of cherry pie.  The concert, Rise Up: Songs of Beautiful Strength, begins at 3 p.m. at the Snoqualmie United Methodist Church.  Our set will include the pieces we recently recorded for our upcoming CD.  Please come see what we’ve been working on!

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Welcome to the new site

We’ve moved the Mägi Ensemble website to WordPress. Welcome to the new site!

Here is what we have been up to since the CMS National Conference and our Homecoming Concert.

On November 13, we performed at the Latvian Christmas Bazaar.  Our hosts made us feel very welcome, and we had fun sampling the food and shopping for presents after our set.

On November 26, we performed at Annex Theatre as part of their Flinch/Punch series.  Heather gave a brief presentation discussing how the Baltic countries used songs to unite during the Singing Revolution and highlighting the metaphors used in those songs to demonstrate their love for their homeland while getting past the Russian censors.  The Mägi Ensembles hopes to continue to use song as a way to stay positive and unite people in our community.

In December, we started rehearsing new music in anticipation of recording and performing in the spring.

In January, Heather travelled to Estonia to visit Ester Mägi and attend a concert honoring Ester’s 95th birthday.  While in Tallinn, the Estonian National Radio interviewed Heather about the Mägi Ensemble, which you can listen to here! After spending time in Tallinn, Heather visited our friends in Riga, Latvia, and donated a copy of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings to the National Library of Latvia for their “Special Book for a Special Shelf” campaign to be included on the People’s Bookshelf.  She pulled this quote for her inscription: “May our songs be strong and may our hearts always be open.”

January also marked 5 years of the Mägi Ensemble being an ensemble.  Hopefully, our path will lead to many more.

Homecoming concert

Join the Mägi Ensemble at our Homecoming Concert! Tuesday, November 1, at Stone Way Café, from 6pm to 8pm.

We’re so excited to be back! The Mägi Ensemble just returned from our most recent tour and cultural exchange in Riga, Latvia. Now that we are home, we’d love share with you the program we shared in Riga.

While in Riga, we performed a full-length concert at Niceplace Mansards and St. Saviour’s Church, a joint concert with fellow women’s ensemble, BALTA, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, and the Sunday service at Riga Dom with choruses Dzintars and Rasa. In addition to our performances, we toured the National Library of Latvia, attended the rehearsal of Putni, and dipped our feet in the Baltic Sea.

It is important to us that we be ambassadors for the choral music that galvanized the people of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania as they earned their independence. In order to continue our mission, we intend to perform at College Music Society National Conference in Santa Fe, record a second CD, and embark on an extended tour to the Baltics in 2018. Donations to cover the costs of this work are very much appreciated and can be given through our website or at the concert.

We hope to see you there!

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