Conductor Heather MacLaughlin Garbes
The Mägi Ensemble is a professional SA vocal ensemble that specializes in music from the Baltic region of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Their aim is to perform and record music from these countries and promote new choral works from Baltic women composers.
Specializing in music from all three countries in the Baltic region, the Mägi Ensemble holds a unique position representing each country individually and the unifying aspects of the region as a whole. One of their most significant annual performances is the Baltic Deportation Memorial Service, where all three Seattle area Baltic communities come together to honor and remember those who were brutally taken from their families in June of 1941. The ensemble collaborates regularly with members of the Baltic community in the Seattle region and throughout the United States, and has cultivated relationships with ensembles and composers in each of the Baltic countries. The Mägi Ensemble has also sung for visiting Ambassadors from Latvia and Lithuania as well as past Latvian president, Andris Bērziņš and past Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves.
With the concert “A Distant Land” / “Kauge maa” we celebrate the 102nd birthday of composer Ester Mägi together with musicians from the other side of the globe.
Arvo Pärt – Peace Upon You, Jerusalem
Arvo Pärt – Zwei Beter
Laura Jēkabsone – Lietus
Ester Mägi – Mõistu
Ester Mägi – Kauge Maa
Ester Mägi – Lumi langeb
Evelin Seppar – Maardurand
Katherine Pukinskis – The Mother Trees
Laura Jēkabsone – Div dūjiņas gaisā skrēja
Laura Leontjeva – Es par bēdu
Vaclovas Augustinas – Tėvyne Mūsų
Peep Sarapik – Ta lendab mesipuu poole