Named for the “First Lady of Estonian Music”, Ester Mägi, the core ensemble is a SSAA group of six talented singers, expanding to include mixed choir works and instrumental pieces, such as performances of compositions for saxophone, cello and piano. The Mägi Ensemble works to perform and record compositions from the Baltic region that are rarely heard outside of that area and to be an ambassador of the power of music in inter-cultural dialogue and identity.
The focus on Baltic music stems from the strong relationship between the choral department and the Baltic studies department at the University of Washington. This relationship helped establish the UW Baltic Choral Library, the first of it’s kind in the United States. During her time at the UW, Heather MacLaughlin Garbes was asked to help organize this collection and that started her great interest in not only Baltic choral music, but also the use of music in political identity. The UW Baltic Choral Library continues to grow and develop and now has over 1000 pieces in the collection.
The Mägi Ensemble is excited to announce their participation in the upcoming 2013 UW Choirs Tour and performance at the Latvian National Song Festival. The ensemble will be performing fundraising concerts throughout the 2012-2013 to help support their costs for this extraordinary experience.
Group Size: 7
Auditions or How to Join: Membership is by invitation, but we are always interested in hearing great musicians!
Rehearsal Information: Sundays from 3-7pm and as arranged
Dr. Heather MacLaughlin Garbes, Founder and Artistic Director
1631 16th Ave, Unit 406