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Uldis Marhilēvičs Creates a Composition in his 60th Year for the "Crossing the Bridges" Major Concert

In his 60th year, popular musician and composer Uldis Marhilēvičs has created a composition for Crossing the Bridges, a multimedia child and youth major choir concert, which will be performed for the first time on 20th July at Arēna Rīga.

Margo Zālīte will be the director of the performance, as well as the author of the costumes, the choreography and the video concept, while Kristaps Skulte will be the stage designer.

The Crossing the Bridges multimedia child and youth choir major concert is dedicated to various, diverse worlds and the bridges which unite us. In the early part of the concert, the best child/youth choirs from Estonia, the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Indonesia, Russia and Belarus will open the door to their nation’s culture through music. This will be followed by Bruno Skulte’s Bolero from the Brīvības sakta ballet and Valts Pūce’s composition Perpetuum mobile performed by the Riga United Music Schools Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of conductor Kaspars Ādamsons.

In the second part of the major concert, the Crossing the Bridges song cycle, which was specially composed for the Choir Games by composer Uldis Marhilēvičs and Guntars Račs will be heard. Its message is about how to accept the unfamiliar and let love overcome prejudices. “I have understood that assuming a judging role and turning against fellow citizens is very easy, but we have all been made different, and as a consequence beautiful human qualities, like compassion and sensitivity, are very important. I want people to realize the natural connection that we have with each other. We are all connected and it is not important from where we come – Africa or Latvia,” says its composer Uldis Marhilēvičs about the new work.

The Crossing the Bridges song cycle will be performed by 800 young choir singers from all over the world and soloists Aminata and Daumants Kalniņš. With them you will hear DJ Monsta, saxophonist Oskars Petrauskis, as well as an accompanying group led by Kristaps Krievkalns.

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