This year, from July 21 to 22, the festival of music and arts of the Ketler dynasty, the Duchy of Courland and Semigallia "Vivat Curlandia!" will be held for the third time in a row in Bauska Castle, Bauska Cultural Center and Bauska Church of the Holy Spirit. The festival will feature works of the Medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque periods, which will be performed by musicians from Latvia, Austria, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and Russia. The highlight of the festival will be the historically informed production of madrigal  “Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda” by Claudio Monteverdi and oratorio “Jephte” by Giacomo Carissimi in historical lightning with candlelight.

The program of the Bauska Festival "Vivat Curlandia!" will take place in the appropriate historical surroundings - the music will be performed on period instruments, in the costumes of that time, at the concert venues with the atmosphere of those times – so that a modern busy person could easily immerse in the eternal value of universal harmony and enjoy it. The festival is organized by the most competent researcher of early music in Latvia, conductor Māris Kupčs in cooperation with the Museum of the Bauska Castle and the Bauska Cultural Center. Within two days, there will be 9 different musical events that will please anyone interested in music, art and outfits of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the early Baroque.

This year the festival will be opened on the 21 of July in the Bauska Castle by the concert of a splendid Latvian soprano Elīna Šimkus, who together with lutist Mauro Pinciaroli from Italy and virtuoso renaissance flute player Kristīne Stumbure will present a romantic program from the English Renaissance period "Come again, sweet love". The concerts’ maraphon will continue with the performance of the special guests of the festival Ensemble UNICORN from Austria, one of the leading medieval music ensembles in Europe. The long-awaited highlight of the festival – productions of “Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda” by Claudio Monteverdi and “Jephte” by Giacomo Carissimi with candle lightning – will immerse the audience in the realm of 17th century opera, music, production, costume and emmanate the aesthetics of that time. Productions cast outstanding Latvian professionals specializing in historically informed performance: soprano Monta Martinsone, tenors Rinalds Kandalincevs and Ansis Bētiņš, baroque choir Collegium Choro Musici Riga, soloists of the baroque orchestra Collegium Musicum Riga, conductor Māris Kupčs as well as a historic gesture and rethorics expert, harpist  Katerina King (United Kingdom/Russia). The first day of the festival will be closed by the concert production "Ignis" (“Fire”) organized by the Bauska Castle – a story about the history and personalities of the Bauska Castle through the prism of fire.

To make "Vivat Curlandia!" more accessible this year entrance to all the concerts of the second festival day will be free. On the 22 of July all are invited to the Bauska Church of the Holy Spirit to enjoy the young talents’  concert. As part of the festival the 5th "Ius Gladii" Fencing Tournament will be held. After the tournament the Neymann Ensemble (Latvia, Austria, Italy) with the help of the sound of baroque violin, dulcian, viola da gamba, lute, harpsichord and human voice will tell the story of the journey across Europe of two famous composers of the 17th century in the concert “Viaggio Bertali e Cavalli". Later a very special harpsichord program "Pavana Lachryme" will be presented by Zita Mikijanska from Germany. A two-day festival maraphon of 9 performances will be crowned by a concert program "The Spirit of Gambo" performed by virtuoso gambist from Russia Anatoly Grindenko, leading Latvian baroque violinist Agnese Kanniņa and festival’s artistic director Māris Kupčs (harpsichord).

Bauska town has been chosen to become home to “Vivat Curlandia!” festival since the castle built in Bauska by the Kettlers, Dukes of Courland and Semigallia, at the end of the 16th century today is the only extant monument in Latvia illustrating secular architecture as well as applied and decorative arts of the Nothern Renaissance and Mannerism periods.

Tickets for the events of the first festival day are available at “Biļešu paradīzes” points of sale across Latvia and online as well as at the Bauska Castle Museum’s ticket office.

Festival is organised with the support of the Bauska Municipality, State Culture Capital Foundation, Bauska Castle Museum, Musica Baltica.

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