Sergejs Jēgers, countertenor
Celebrating our 40th Anniversary!
Māris Skuja, pianist and Egīls Siliņš, bass-baritone
Vestards Šimkus, pianist and Elīna Šimkus, soprano
Ingrīda Gūtberga and Karīna Gūtberga, pianists
KALVIS – Juris Dzeguze, conductor
St. Andrew’s Latvian Lutheran Church Choir – Arvīds Purvs, conductor
Armands Siliņš, baritone and Elizabete Šīrante, pianist with Glenn Gould
Pianists Irisa Purens and Liene Circene-Ziemele with former TLCA Chair Arvīds Purvs
Maija Kovaļevska, soprano
Laura Zariņa, violinist
Māris Sirmais, conductor
Arturs Ozoliņš, pianist
The Toronto Latvian Concert Association created a 50th anniversary book “50 Skaņu gadu gaita” (“50 Years of Sound”) to commemorate this milestone anniversary in 2009. In it are archival images of our guest artists and their concert programs, in addition to several very interesting archival articles written by our present and former Board Chairs – violist Arturs Jansons, composer and conductor Arvids Purvs and the late composer and one of our founders Talivaldis Kenins. This serves as a testament to the dedication of our organization’s founders and all of the volunteer board members who have dedicated so much of their time to showcasing the very best Latvian artists from around the world in one of Toronto’s oldest classical music concert series. This book was edited by former long-time chair Arvids Purvs (pictured here). Click on the photo to access the online version of the book. To order a hard copy, contact us!
The Toronto Latvian Concert Association, now in its 62nd season, continues to support special projects which contribute to the promotion of our artists in Canada and around the world. Our activity has transitioned from a regular concert series to project-based activities and events. Check in here for information about upcoming events which we are producing and / or supporting!
In addition to presenting celebrated Latvian artists to Toronto audiences, the Toronto Latvian Concert Association also produces special projects and collaborates with other cultural organizations. We are pleased to announce the recent launch of our new Canadian Music Centre Centrediscs recording “Canadian Amber / Ambre canadien”, featuring works by Latvian-Canadian composers Imant Raminsh, Talivaldis Kenins and Janis Kalnins. For more information, click here.
Here is a clip of the performance that inspired the “Canadian Amber” recording project.
One of the founders of the Toronto Latvian Concert Association, the late composer Talivaldis Kenins, would have celebrated his 100th birthday in 2019. In tribute to his musical genius and lasting contribution to Canadian and Latvian music, we are dedicating this space to information about his life and work and events commemorating his centenary.
Since the release of the CMC recording “Canadian Amber” which included the 1991 world premiere performance of his Concerto for Piano with String Orchestra and Percussion with Arthur Ozolins as soloist there is now a second recording of this work with Latvian pianist Agnese Egliņa and the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra on the Ondine label.
The Kenins centenary sparked great interest in Latvia with many concerts dedicated to his vast catalogue of compositions – choral, chamber and orchestral – including multiple performances of his Violin Concerto, his 8th Symphony, his Scherzo concertante and many other works.
The Latvian National Symphony Orchesta has commited to recording many of these works including all eight symphonies.
Two discs are already available and receiving global attention with very positive reviews in prestigeous magazines like The Strad (Nov. 26 2020) and elsewhere.
A simple Google search of “Kenins Concerto” will lead to a vast array of articles and links to CDs such as these:
We invite you to check in here for updates and additional information as it comes available.