First leg of ‘Choral Festival’ kicks off from Dimapur

First leg of ‘Choral Festival’ kicks off from Dimapur
(Standing front row from R) Latvian envoy Artis Bertulis, Laura Jekabsone, Janis Ozols, Zubeno Mozhui and Zingring Shishak.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, FEB 12 (NPN) | Publish Date: 2/12/2020 12:54:25 PM IST

Latvian ambassador to India and Sri Lanka, Artis Bertulis kicked-off the first leg of the ‘Choral Festival’ here at Patkai Christian College as part of the four-state musical tour organized by Embassy of Latvia in India in collaboration with Associate Board of Royal School of Music (ABRSM).

Renowned Latvian music director, Janis Ozols conducted the choir comprising of singers from Patkai Christian College (Autonomous), Hope Centre for Excellence, Kuda Village Baptist Church in front of a full house. 

Ambassador Bertulis’s wife-- Esmeralda Bertulis who is also a professional singer and a pianist along with Laura Jukabsone, a composer, artistic director of vocal group Latvian Voice joined the choir. 

The choir performed musical pieces like “Lux Aurumque” by Eric Whitacre, “Lux Aeterna” by Erkis Esenvalds, “Northern Lights” by Ola Gjeilo, “Locus iste” by Anton Brukner, “Bogoroditse djevo” by Sergei Rachmaninoff,

Laura Jekabsone also performed two solo songs-- “Requiem” by Gabriel Faure and an original “Unam Udeb” composed and arranged by herself.

Earlier, Artis Bertulis, Esmeralda Bertulis and Janis Ozols addressed the gathering.

Talking to Nagaland Post, Esmeralda Bertulis and Janis Ozols said they were impressed by the performance of the local talents.

Most importantly, Esmeralda and Janis said they were more impressed by the tenor, adding it is like a gold mine to find good tenor singers. However, in order to hone the singing skills, such upcoming singers needed thorough guidance and the grit, they added.

While admitting that there was huge potential amongst the Nagas, they reiterated that to become a real professional singer one has to undergo a lot of hard work.

Some of the singers can make it big, provided they commit themselves to be trained and work hard, they added.


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