We live in a unique time. We are inundated by daily news and global events that raise questions about the stability of our global community and ability to maintain important relationships with nations around the world. Today, we offer you an exciting opportunity to be a part of making a step towards a more peaceful, united, and understanding world. Please consider making a difference in the world by donating to the Mägi Ensemble during the Seattle Foundation’s GiveBIG event on Wednesday, May 9th.
We will tour the Baltics in the Summer of 2018, during which the group will have exciting cultural exchange opportunities with composers and choirs alike. We are the first non-Latvian ensemble ever to be featured at the Small Ensemble Sacred Music concert at the Latvian National Song Festival. We are also honored to participate in Lithuanian National Song festival in Vilnius during this tour. These are prestigious honors for the Mägi Ensemble and we’re excited to be sharing them with our supporters.
To GiveBIG directly to us, please follow the link below.
You can pre-schedule your donation now and your donation will be automatically scheduled for May 9!
We look forward to serving as proud ambassadors of Seattle and the United States to the Baltic region and participating in cultural exchange that is important and meaningful for all of us. Thank you for support of this important trip and for your generous donation to the Mägi Ensemble.
Thank you to everyone to came out to the Baltic Centennial concert in collaboration with Seattle Choral Company on March 24. The incredible crowd of audience, choristers, and instrumentalists made for a memorable evening.
Baltic 100, Sunday, April 22
Mägi Ensemble will be hosting our next concert, Baltic 100, on Sunday, April 22, 2018, at 4 p.m. (note the change of time from the original post) at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 4400 86th Ave SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.
The Mägi Ensemble celebrates the Baltic Centennial with an afternoon concert of both traditional Baltic folk songs as well as new and innovative pieces by Baltic composers. Compositions by Vytautas Miškinis, Pärt Uusberg, Ester Mägi, Ēriks Ešenvalds and others.
This concert is also a preview of repertoire for the Mägi Ensemble’s upcoming performance at the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies Conference at Stanford University in June as well as their Baltic Tour to Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius.
Tickets can be purchased at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3395971
General Admission $20 ($25 at the door)
Seniors and Military: $15
We are looking forward to sharing these pieces with our Seattle community before we hit the road. Hope to see you there!
The beginning of March was a whirlwind of activity for Mägi Ensemble. We reconciled all the numbers from our January concert, and thanks to the support of those who attended, we are on our way to being able to cover out costs for the upcoming summer tour. THANK YOU! Before a recent rehearsal, we shared coffee and bagels with Putni, one of our sister groups visiting from Riga, who performed a concert on March 4 and then travelled to Portland to perform in the NW ACDA conference. On March 10, Mägi Ensemble also performed in Portland at the NW ACDA conference and learned one can be vegan and piece together a meal from roadside fast food places.
Recently we’ve been rehearsing for an upcoming concert. On March 24, 2018, the Seattle Choral Company in collaboration with Mägi Ensemble and the UW Baltic Studies Program will salute the Baltic Centennial with a concert commemorating one hundred years since the declaration of independence of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.
Seattle Choral Company will perform a set including
- The Fruit of Silence by Pēteris Vasks
- Northern Lights by Ēriks Ešenvalds
- Psalms 104 & 141 by Cyrillus Kreek
- Two Songs After Ernst Enno by Veljo Tormis
- Dum medium silentium by Vytautas Miškinis
- Angelis suis Deus by Vytautas Miškinis
Mägi Ensemble will perform a set including
- Varpas by Kristina Vasiliauskaitė
- O Salutaris Hostia by Ēriks Ešenvalds
- Pieta by Ester Mägi
- Laulikutele by Ester Mägi
- Judica Me, Deus by Vytautas Miškinis
- Only in Sleep by Ēriks Ešenvalds
- Dindaru Dandaru by Laura Jēkabsone
Participating with the Seattle Choral Company, will be six Seattle-area choirs
performing together in a special grand finale of Te Deum by Rihards Dubra.
- Mägi Ensemble, Directed by Heather MacLaughlin Garbes
- Redmond Chorale, Directed by Laurie Betts Hughes
- Seattle Girl’s Choir/Cantamus division, Directed by Alex Gagiu
- Columbia Choirs/Bel Canto division, Directed by Steve Stevens
- Illumni Men’s Chorale, Directed by Christopher McCafferty
- Ancora, Directed by Freddie Coleman
We are truly excited to be a part of this memorable evening. There will be a pre-concert lecture presented by Guntis Šmidchens, chair of the UW Baltic Studies program (and Mägi Ensemble champion), at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 8 p.m. To buy tickets in advance, click here to go to Brown Paper Tickets.
If you type MAGI (or magi) in the discount code box, proceeds from your ticket will go toward supporting our ensemble. Thank you!
Happy New Year! 2018 is shaping up to be an eventful one. The Mägi Ensemble is kicking off the year with a CD release and fundraising concert on Saturday, January, 20th, at 7 p.m. at the Seattle Latvian Center, 11710 3rd Ave NE, Seattle 98125.
On Saturday, October 14, Mägi Ensemble will perform in the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium‘s Seattle Sings Festival at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 E. Harvard Ave, Seattle 98122. There are performances that day from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. Mägi Ensemble will take the stage at 11:40 a.m. Hope to see you there!
Anoj Pusėj Dunojėlio—Augustinas
Judica Me, Deus—Miškinis
Zvejnieks Mani Aicināja—Jekābsone
Zvejnieks Mani Aicināja (The Fisherman Invited Me)*–Jēkabsone
Ar Dziesmiņu Ciemos Eju (I Visit with a Song)*–Jēkabsone
I’m Gonna Sing ‘Til the Spirit Moves in My Heart–Hogan
*Will be on our upcoming CD, Musica Baltica, due out December 2017
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!
For more information, click HERE.
We’ve moved the Mägi Ensemble website to WordPress. Welcome to the new site!
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.