On the 18 November, as the Latvian centenary was celebrated in Korea, Latvian folk music, performed by the Emīls Dārziņš mixed choir, proudly swept across Seoul from the 118th floor glass sightseeing square of the 6th highest building Lotte World Tower. The observation tower at the 555 m elevation is included in the Guinness Book of World Records as a high-rise building with the highest glass viewing platform.
A performance at such a high elevation provided a special vibe to the celebrations, bringing unforgettable feelings to both the visitors and the choristers alike. It should also be noted that this was the first musical event ever to happen on that platform since the tower was opened in 2016. The musical culmination of the centennial celebrations was reached in the Shinchon Evangelical Lutheran Church, where the Emīls Dārziņš mixed choir together with the Capella of the Seoul Theological University gave a special festive concert in honour of Latvia’s birthday.
Along with the concerts on the day of the proclamation of Latvia on 18 November, Emīls Dārziņš mixed choir, for four days from 15 to 18 November, presented a unique programme to audiences at the Pyeongtaek City University, the National Museum of Korea, a twinning concert with the Korean international choir CAMARATA and the reception hosted by the Latvian Embassy on 16 November. On 17 November in Seoul, the choir CAMARATA presented a premiere of the arrangement of Korean song Arirang made by the world-famous Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. According to the composer, “the new composition is like a greeting between the two countries, or joining hands in friendship”. The arrangement combines two folk songs: the Korean heartbeat in Arirang is echoed by the Latvian folk melody Stāvēju, dziedāju, both reflecting the depths and beauty of the souls of the two nations. The Latvian Embassy expresses its gratitude to all the cooperation partners who supported and participated in the organization of concerts, and, of course, the Embassy staff sends special greetings to the choristers who have been honouring the name of Latvia in Korea.
Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the Republic of Korea
Address: 29, Hannam-daero 36-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 04417, Republic of Korea
Telephone: (02) 2-2022-3800
Fax: (02) 2-2022-3803