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The Night Cannot Last Forever I Charity concert

On Sunday, 3 April, at 19.00, a charity concert "The Night Cannot Last Forever" will take place in Ventspils, at the concert hall "Latvija", where visitors will have the opportunity to donate to support the war-torn Ukraine and its people.

The concert "The Night Cannot Last Forever" will feature songs from the cycles of two great composers of different generations and worlds. In the introduction, listeners will hear, both in person and online, songs from the cycle 'Silent Songs’ ('Stille Lieder') by the prominent 20th and 21st-century Ukrainian composer Valentyn Silvestrov performed by baritone Armands Siliņš and pianist Rihards Plešanovs. The concert will continue with the Latvian première of the five-song cycle 'Death Speaks' by the well-known American composer David Lang, which will be performed by soprano Beāte Zviedre, violinist Marta Spārniņa, guitarist Kaspars Vizulis and pianist Edgars Cīrulis. The concert space will be created by visual artists Krista and Reinis Dzudzilo.

For the cycle "Silent Songs", created between 1974 and 1977, Valentin Silvestrov used romantic poetry by Russian and English authors, including Yevgeny Baratinsky, Alexander Pushkin, Sergei Yesenin, John Keats and Percy Bysshe Shelley, and others. According to the composer, whose cycle once surprised many with its unexpected "musicality", seriousness and sad beauty in contrast to the radicalism he had experienced before, "poetry is the main heroine of this cycle". Silvestrov thus confesses to a sense of need to bow to poetry, allowing poetry to heal itself.

"It feels like we have always known these songs, and in a way we have. The first encounter with them will not seem to be the first, although we will remember the first surprise of their recognition, the way that feeling lingers in our memories... And although we will be sure that we have always known them, this is not the case. The songs come from a time when composers in the Soviet Union were pushing the boundaries more and more... At a time when artists could finally openly afford to make big and loud statements, one of them let the past speak for itself, the way a song can whisper," a music reviewer once said of "Silent Songs” by Valentin Silvestrov.

David Lang created the cycle ‘Death Speaks’ ten years ago under the influence of his own previously composed passion "The Little Match Girl", as well as thinking about Schubert and his song "Death and the Maiden", which in turn was inspired by Matthias Claudius' poem of the same name.

"I remembered Schubert's wonderful song structure, in which the text is in two parts. The first half of the song features the voice of a young girl, praying that Death will pass her and leaves untouched, and the second is the Death's comforting answer. It resonated with Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl, which also has these opposites – the fear of the living versus the serenity of death," says David Lang of the inspiration for ‘Death Speaks’.

The phrase 'The night can`t last forever’ in the song 'Pain Changes' has been selected by the artists Dzudzilo as the theme song of the Ventspils concert.

"This phrase signifies both the night that has now fallen in the minds and actions of all of us, and the faith, the knowledge that it will come to an end. Day will return, even though night has been stuck for weeks. Night is also used as a poetic term for suffering, and we know that when one dies, one closes one's eyes and darkness falls. Darkness overtakes light when planes block the sun, but it cannot last forever," say Krista and Reinis Dzudzilo, thinking about the concert.


Tickets for the charity concert "The Night Cannot Last Forever" on 3 April in Ventspils, at the concert hall "Latvija", as well as tickets for access to the live webcast of the concert are available in the Biļešu Paradīze sales network. It is important to emphasize that all proceeds from ticket sales and voluntary donations made through the charity organisation "Ziedot.lv" will be redirected to help the people of Ukraine and will go where they are most needed.

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