Prayer of Mother Teresa
Silence, Love and Light are three keywords or access codes to the "Mother Teresa's Prayer" concert programme that has been put together by the artistic director and chief conductor of the Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Kļava. The impulse came from composer Pēteris Vasks and his Prayer and Fruit of Silence, both of which were based on texts by Mother Teresa.
Born Angjeze Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, Mother Teresa is one of the Roman Catholic Church's most vivid and outstanding personalities from the past century. She excited the whole world with her loyal and loving services for God and people. Pope John Paul II canonised Mother Teresa six years after her death in 2003, thus making her a saint. Her self-denial and responsive life have inspired many artists and musicians throughout the world. This evening's concert includes Andrejs Selickis' Litany for Mother Teresa, which is interwoven with Lettigalian prayers, Rihards Dubra's Silence, Love and Light, Ēriks Ešenvalds' Drop in the Ocean with prayers from Mother Teresa and St Francis of Assisi, and Arvo Pärt's Song of Silouan, which is dedicated to Archimandrite Sophrony, who served for a time as an assistant to the wise elder Silouan at the Monastery of St Panteleimon. The content of the programme will confirm that the power of true and fulfilled prayers has no denominational or national boundaries.
Music by Rihards Dubra, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Andrejs Selickis, Pēteris Vasks, Arvo Pert
Latvian Radio Choir
Orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga
Conductor Sigvards Kļava