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Enjoy a new free Sunday-afternoon music series

365体育投注Davis Lutheran Church starts a new Sunday-afternoon music series “Music Conversations,” inviting local and international musicians.

365体育投注Helēna Sorokina (mezzo-soprano) and Lauma Akmene (organ) will record a performance at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 29, that will be available at . The show had been scheduled at the church, but in light of the coronavirus outbreak, was changed to online.

The duet will present music by Antonio Vivaldi, George Frideric Handel, Johann Sebastian Bach, Hildegard von Bingen and Frank Ferko.

Sorokina is a graduate of vocal studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. She has performed in some of the biggest concert halls of Germany, Austria, Italy and Latvia (e.g., “Die Glocke” Bremen, Laeiszhalle Hamburg).

365体育投注As a soloist, she has worked with Hamburger Symphoniker and Thüringen Philharmonie and has sung under the baton of Sir Roger Norrington, Joshua Rifkin etc. Her opera roles include Paulina (“Pique Dame”), Orlofsky (“Die Fledermaus”), Mercedes (“Carmen”) among others. She also specializes in German and French chansons, especially that of Zarah Leander, Edith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich.

As a resident member of Cantando Admont, Sorokina has performed in different festivals, including Klangspuren Schwaz 2017 (composer in residence — Sofia Gubaidulina) and Salzburger Festspiele 2018 (Zeit mit Furrer).

She also is interested in teaching and has taught master classes at Yale-NUS College in Singapore and UC Davis.

Organist Lauma Akmene will perform with mezzo-soprano Helēna Sorokina.
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365体育投注Akmene is the new music director at Davis Lutheran Church. She studied organ with Hans-Ola Ericsson at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montreal and theology and church music at the Luther Academy in Riga. She also studied organ and piano at the Academy of Music, Dance and Fine Arts in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. She has attended masterclasses in performance, improvisation and choral conducting with well-known teachers in Europe and Canada (e.g. Olivier Latry, Jürgen Essl and James O’Donnell).

She has participated in numerous concert series and festivals in Europe and Canada, including the XV Latvian Festival of Song and Dance in Canada in Toronto. She has commissioned and premiered compositions by the Latvian composers Vineta Līce and Oskars Herliņš.

365体育投注Akmene has been working in church for 10 years.

The previously scheduled April 19 concert is postponed until further notice.

All concerts in this series are free and open to the public — with free-will donations graciously accepted and may be made at (scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the VANCO symbol). All proceeds will go toward supporting the music series.

365体育投注For more information, go to  or call 530-756-5052.

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