The Embassy of Latvia invited everyone to a concert of Latvian musician Katrīna Gupalo and pianist Andrejs Osokins named “From the Baltic to the Atlantic,” which will take place at the Latvian community center (400 Hurley Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850) on April 27 at 8 PM. The concert is organized by the Latvian Organizations in Washington, DC (LOV) and partially supported by the Embassy of Latvia as part of the cultural program of the centennial of Latvia. The doors will open at 7:15 PM.
The young artists have created a special vocal and piano program for their first tour to the United States, and to honor the centennial of Latvia. Pieces by J.Vītols, E.Dārziņš, A.Maskats and P.Vasks, among others – from the past to today, have been included in the program. There will also be pieces from American musicians – George Gershwin and Cole Porter.
Katrīna Gupalo possesses a strong and sensual voice. She is a composer, a master pianist, producer and an actress. She has studied at The Music Academy of the West in California, at the Royal Music Academy in London, as well as won awards at various international competitions – France, the UK, Russia and the United States. She is the founder and the Artistic Director of the concert agency “Aira Laiviņa Artists.” She is also the author of the plays “100 years with Piaf” (2015) and “After Midnight” (2016) that has been shown in 20 locations in Latvia. “After Midnight” received high critical acclaim at the London’s Camden Fringe festival. Gupalo also took part in the national contest to represent Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest. This spring she is also planning to come out with her debut album “Katrina Gupalo & the Black Birds.”
Andrejs Osokins is a laureate of several international pianist contests – Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, Long-Thibaud-Crespin contest in Paris, Leeds International Piano Competition, and the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. The sought after Latvian pianist performs regularly at major European concert halls, for example, the Berliner Philharmoniker, Konzerthaus Berlin, Alte Oper in Frankfurt, La Verdi in Milan. He is also a laureate of the Latvian Grand Music Award 2008. He has worked together with numerous orchestras, including the Belgian National Orchestra, the Kremerata Baltica orchestra, the Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra, Hallé Orchestra, the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra, and he has worked with some of the most talented conductors.
The US tour is being organized by the Latvian Cultural Organization TILTS, with support from the American Latvian Association, Latvian organizations in Washington, DC, other Latvian organizations in the United States, the Embassy of Latvia to the United States, and in cooperation with Aira Laiviņa Artists.
April 20, Boston, MA, 7 PM, 58 Irving St., Brookline, MA 02445
April 21, Cleveland, OH, 5 PM, 1385 Andrews Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107
April 22, Minneapolis, 4 PM, 3152 17th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55407
April 24, “Priedaine,” NJ, 3 PM, 1017 State Rd. 33, Freehold, NJ 07728
April 27, Washington, DC, 8 PM, 400 Hurley Ave., Rockville, MD 20850
April 28, Philadelphia, PA, 3 PM, 301 N Newtown Street Rd, Newtown Square, PA 19073
April 29, New York City, NY, 5 PM, Nicholas Roerich Museum, 319 West 107th St., NY, NY 10025
Latvia celebrates its centennial in 2018 in the period of several years – 2017 to 2021. The main message of the celebration is “I am Latvia” emphasizing that the greatest asset of Latvia is its people who with their work are creating present day Latvia and together with the next generation are setting the foundation for the future. Katrīna Gupalo and Andrejs Osokins concert in Washington, DC is part of the public diplomacy program of Latvia’s centennial.