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In the summer of 2014, True North successfully mounted a mini-tour of the Baltic States, including performances in Estonia and Latvia with pianist Yuri Meyrowitz. The event marked the return of Mr. Meyrowitz to Estonia 21 years after his highly regarded appearances as pianist and conductor in the capital city of Tallinn during the 1993 Kanada Muusika Paevad festival.

This mini-tour was jointly organized with the assistance of Sirje Normet, Arnolds Klotins, the Eduard Tubin Museum at Alatskivi Castle in Estonia, and Exhibition House Gallery in the medieval Cesis Castle complex in Latvia.

Mr. Meyrowitz played a program of classical repertoire, Estonian music, and Canadian work on the great Estonian composer Eduard Tubin's original piano. His concert included the world premiere of Ted Dawson's new piano work "A Mondrian Triptych" inspired by early paintings by that Dutch artist, but the special highlight was hearing Tubin's work "Ballade on a Theme of Mart Saar" played on the instrument that was actually used in its creation.

In Cesis, Latvia, Mr. Meyrowitz repeated some of the elements of his Estonian concert, but also featured a range of 20th century Latvian composers, including Stanley Babin.

Following the mini-tour, True North director Ted Dawson and Yuri Meyrowitz were hosted at a reception in Tallinn, given at the home of the outstanding Estonian pianist Vardo Rumessen.

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