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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Sept. 22, 2010

Trumpet recital, lecture make up “A Baltic Musical Celebration” Sunday

MARYVILLE, Mo. - Northwest Missouri State University will host "A Baltic Musical Celebration" Sunday, Sept. 26, with two events that will put a spotlight on the Latvian culture and its music.

Jānis Porietis will present a guest trumpet recital at 2 p.m. at the Charles Johnson Theatre inside the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building. Then, at 6 p.m., Dr. William Richardson will present "Our Latvian Adventure" in the J.W. Jones Student Union Boardroom.

Born in Riga, Latvia, Porietis received his bachelor's and master's degrees at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Music Academy (J.V.L.M.A.). While there, he studied in Netherlands with Reijer Dorresteijn and in Finland with Pasi Pirinen. Jānis traveled to the United States in 2010 and is now a second-semester doctoral student at the University of Kansas under the tutelage of Associate Professor of Trumpet Steve Leisring.

Prior to his travels to America, Porietis was principal trumpet of Latvia's State Chamber Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, as well as assistant principal trumpet in the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. He also taught trumpet at the J.V.L.M.A. In his spare time he plays jazz, blues, pop and other genres with various ensembles. He can be heard on more than a dozen CDs in a variety of different styles of music.

Richardson returned to Northwest from the Republic of Latvia, where he taught at the Jazeps Vitols Latvian Music Academy last spring as a Fulbright Scholar. His presentation will cover the varied professional and personal activities his family experienced while living overseas.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468