March comes in like a lion

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.

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 by 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!

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.

Join us for a wonderful evening of music with drinks and light appetizers to celebrate our new album and support our upcoming tour.  We will perform pieces from Musica Baltica, some old Baltic favorites, and the new American songs we’ll be performing on tour. This concert is our biggest fundraiser of the year and WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT to keep our momentum going!
Click here to buy tickets and for more information.


Seattle Sings in October

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!

Set List
Anoj Pusėj Dunojėlio—Augustinas
Judica Me, Deus—Miškinis
Zvejnieks Mani Aicināja—Jekābsone
Dindaru Dandaru–Jekābsone

A Day in the Park

Aitäh, paldies, ačiū, thank you to the Mount Baker Community Club for hosting us at the Day in the Park event.  We were thrilled to share some Baltic songs with you on such warm, sunny day!


Set List
Zvejnieks Mani Aicināja (The Fisherman Invited Me)*–Jēkabsone
Trepute Martela–Budriunas
Ar Dziesmiņu Ciemos Eju (I Visit with a Song)*–Jēkabsone
Dindaru Dandaru*–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

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!

For more information, click HERE.

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!