On 3 May a joint concert of Czech Prague Mixed Choir under Jiří Petrdlík and Latvian chamber choir “VIDUS” headed by Baiba Milzarāja took place in refectory of the Emmaus monastery in Prague to commemorate the Latvian Declaration of Independence Day.
H. E. Alberts Sarkanis stressed the begining of May are the bright days for Latvia since on 1 May 1920 constituent assembly of the Republic of Latvia, the first parliament in history of Latvian nation, was held. Many decades later, after the period of Soviet totalitarianism on 4 May 1990, Supreme Council of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic adopted the Declaration of Independance in the very same building. The Ambassador expressed his pleasure seeing Czech and Latvian choirs are commemorating the national day together in such a nice spring evening. The uniting of both choirs was even more significant historically as there has been strong contacts between Latvian and Czech music traditions for centuries.
At the concert Jāzeps Vītols’, Jāzeps Mediņš’, Emilis Melngailis’, Pēteris Vasks’, Pēteris Plakidis’, Ēriks Ešenvalds’, Raimons Pauls’, Ēriks Eglītis’ songs as well as Bedřich Smetana’s “Let's rejoice and be merry” from the Bartered Bride and Latvian folksongs’ adaptations were heard.
The event was organised with support of the Embassy Republic of Latvia in the Czech Republic and under the patronage of H. E. Alberts Sarkanis.