On January 26, 2015 at 18.00 in the Riga Latvian Society Fireplace Hall all interesents are welcome to second literary conversation in the cycle “YEAR OF ASPAZIJA AND RAINIS AT THE RIGA LATVIAN SOCIETY” – Eighteen Rainis’ summer moments. During this evening we will open the book by Olīvs Mētra „Rainis’ last summer. Memories and photos.” published by the Writers’ Museum Society PILS.

Many have seen Rainis’ photographs in his swimming costume on the beach and by the window in Majori summer cottage. But what do we know about the author of these photos? Due to the musician and photograph Olīvs Mētra 18 photos have maintained Rainis’ summer moments in 1929. He is also the author of the last poet’s portraits; they have been made on September 9 – three days before Rainis death. Memories of Olīvs Mētra are a unique material, because the author describes colourfully the life and the creation moments of each photograph, by fixing the environment, conversations and mood. Joined with photos, they make united feeling of presence. The fact that memories have been written shortly after the death of the poet, testifies about their authentic value. Memories of Olīvs Mētra have not been published until now.

He has worked in music sphere, as a teacher and has led choirs. Olīvs Mētra has composed solo songs, but the biggest his composition is the opera „Jāzeps and his brothers” based on Rainis’ play. Unfortunately, his musical heritage has remained next to nothing.

During the book opening will be the rear opportunity to hear some of Olīvs Mētra choir songs performed by the RLS chamber choir „Austrums” group led by Ārijs Šķepasts.

The director of the Memorial Museums’ Union Rita Meinerte will tell about the Union’s cooperation with the Writers’ Museum Society PILS and the creation of the book.

The included and described 18 photographs in the book will demonstrate and comment the specialist of Rainis and Aspazija Museum and the author of the book introduction and comments Astrīda Cīrule. Memories of Olīvs Mētra will read the New Riga Theatre actor Gundars Āboliņš.

Some of Olīvs Mētra biography facts will tell the museum worker Anna Rumba.
 The event will host the Riga Latvian Society Board member Gaida Jablovska.
 The book has been published with the support of the State Cultural Capital Foundation.
 Information prepared Sandra Zobena,
Public relations specialist of the Memorial Museum Union.


Project is financially supported by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
This publication has been made with European Economic Area’s Financial Mechanism’s and State of Latvia financial support.
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