We are excited to be back performing this year in person and have exciting events happening!
Along with participating in Seattle Sings this October, we are also in the process of scheduling our final recording sessions for our third album “Baltic Home”. In the spring, we will host our annual gala as well as bring back our spring concert.
Moreover, we are honored to have been invited to perform at the 2023 National American Choral Directors Association Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.
This conference showcases outstanding choral ensembles throughout the US and abroad, and we are thrilled to be included among many esteemed colleagues. During our time in Cincinnati, we are also planning on having performances in the community and participating in the conference sessions.
See more info on the conference below.
About Our Program for ACDA
Our program, “Nature’s Song: Resistance Through Singing in the Baltic Region” will present the
history, stories, and repertoire that introduce the audience to the importance of choral music in
the Baltic region, the use of nature as a metaphor during times of censorship, and the vital role
that women played in the resistance movements.
To begin, we will outline a short history of the Baltic States and the singing tradition with an introductory Lithuanian sutartinė folk song call and response. Focusing on how women were a part of the resistance, the composition “Div’ dūjiņas gaisā skrēja” (Two Doves Flying) by Latvian composer Laura Jēkabsone is “dedicated to the “Daughters of the Forest” – Latvian women who got involved in the partisan movement, which stood up against occupation and Soviet rule after the World War II. Living in inhuman
circumstances for many years, in a state of constant fear, hiding and sacrificing themselves in
the name of Freedom” (Jēkabsone). A newly commissioned work by Latvian-American
composer Katherine Pukinskis, “The Mother Trees” also shares the deep connection of
empowered women against adversity and the deep connection to nature in the Baltic cultures.
Estonian composer Evelin Seppar’s “Maarduran” (The Beach of Maardu) with poetry by
Estonian national poet Marie Under will share thoughts on distance and loss in times of
To finish this concert, we will sing two of the traditional “unofficial” anthems from
Lithuania and Estonia that were sung when the Soviet regime had banned the official songs and
then close with the lively piece “Es par bēdu nebēdāju” (I did not dwell on my sorrow) by
Latvian composer Laura Leontjeva.