Ukrainian, Latvian folklore to intertwine in chamber music concert

On February 25, the Ukrainian singer, conductor, and musician Oksana Nikitiuk and Latvian pianist Herta Hansena will offer a Ukrainian and Latvian chamber music program “Sunflower Road” both live and livestreamed, representatives of the Liepāja Concert Hall 'Great Amber' said.

The concert will be played live at Great Amber in Liepāja and on the digital platform of the concert hall, and on the Youtube channel.

“As in Latvia, in Ukraine, traditional cultural creative expressions and folk tunes were suppressed and even banned for many years. Composers wanted to preserve the tunes and texts of the Ukrainian people. In this contemporary version, we'll hear not only tunes and rhythms but folk lyrics. They hide philosophy and folk wisdom,“ Oksana Nikitiuk outlined the program's content.

Oksana Nikitiuk's life was changed by war – she is currently a soloist of the State academic choir “Latvija”, has also performed with “Sinfonietta Riga”, continues to perform regular concerts in Ukraine, and gradually includes Latvian composers' works in the repertoire. This ties closely with the motto of the upcoming concert - past interactions with today open the way for us to the future. 

The first part of the concert will feature music by Ukrainian composers based on the oldest layers of folklore.  In the second part, a Latvian music program will be played. Here, Oksana Nikitiuk and Herta Hansena have paid particular attention to folklore-interested composers.

The concert's visitors will be able to meet musicians in an informal atmosphere after the show.


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