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Faith, hope, love at sacred music festival

The International Festival of Sacred Music ‘Dominante’ launched Thursday at one of Old Town Riga’s architectural landmarks St.Peter’s Church.

The three-day concert series centers around St.Paul’s first Letter to the Corinthians, in which he names the triad of “Faith, hope, love.”

“The goal of this festival is to unite these three separate days of concerts into one thematic whole,” explains director Uģis Brikmanis. “Thus there has to be a musical-dramatic scenario and solo artists, music from the 20th and 21st centuries,” he told Latvian Radio (LR).

“One day there is a conversation about faith, the second about hope, while the third is dedicated to love. The artists who take part here are foremost thinkers in these categories and can create this triptych,” he said.

Thursday night’s two-part concert will feature Paul Hindemith’s opera “The Long Christmas Dinner” (based on the play by Thornton Wilder) and French mystic composer Olivier Messiaen’s “Amen Visions” performed by piano duet Sandra Jalaņecka and Lelde Tīrele.

On Friday the piano quartet Quadra will perform a string trio by Tālivalds Ķeniņš and a world premiere by Aleksandrs Aleksandravičius.

The festival will close Saturday evening with a performance based upon the listening to the playback of a vinyl record of German neoclassical composer Karl Orff’s final stage work – the oratorio ‘De temporum fine comoedia’.

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