Following tradition Gencs Valters Law Firm will sponsor “Santa Lucia” concert organized by the Embassy of Sweden, featuring Inese Galante and Ulf Samuelsson with Saint Eugenia’s Vocal Ensemble.
St. Lucia’s day is the Church feast day dedicated to St. Lucia and is observed on December 13. It is celebrated mainly in Scandinavia, some countries in Europe, including Latvia and in some parts of the United States. Even though it is not officially part of Advent, St. Lucia’s day marks the beginning of Christmas season and it means bringing of hope and light. Lucia can be perceived as a symbol of the good forces in life and a symbol of light in the dark winter. Its mission is to bring light and kindness, which is related to the meaning of “Lucia”. The Swedish Lucia celebration is an annual festival of medieval origin. The modern tradition of having public Lucia processions in the Swedish cities started in 1927. Today most cities in Sweden, schools, associations celebrates St. Lucia’s day by appointing its own Lucia every year. Lucia wearing a white gown with a red sash and a crown of candles (or lights) leads the Lucia’s procession followed by “sisters”.
This year the concert will feature, well known and recognised worldwide, Latvian soprano opera singer Inese Galante, composer and organist Aivars Kalejs, organist and choir leader Ulf Samuelsson with Saint Eugenia’s Vocal Ensemble from Stockholm and two young talents supported by “Inese Galante Foundation” – Sanda Serzane and Ilja Talatins.
Following tradition this year as well Gencs Valters Law Firm will sponsor “Santa Lucia” concert in Latvia. This event is organized by the Embassy of Sweden and supported by Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Latvia.