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.