Calgary-based Anna Štube, an 11-year old prodigy from Latvia, will perform in Kalamazoo Wednesday night in a concert sponsored by the Kalamazoo Latvian Association. She and her mother, Daiga Štube, who will accompany Anna on the piano, joined Cara Lieurance to preview the concert. They were also joined by Michael Hansen, a board member of the Kalamazoo Latvian Association.
Anna was singing songs on pitch by the time she was two years old, and received her first violin by age five. Around that time, the family moved to Calgary, Canada which had two big things in its favor: excellent musical training, and world-class gymnastics, which was another of Anna's pursuits. Anna mentions her teachers and masterclasses, and is proud of her piano trio, which she formed with fellow students in the Mount Royal Conservatory. They premiered a work written by one of their members this year.
The concert will be a mix of classical music, pop songs, and Latvian melodies, including the showstopping Zigeunerweisen by Sarasate, and ABBA's "Mamma Mia."
Ms. Štube's solo recital is at 7 pm at the Latvian Evangelical Lutheran United Church on Wednesday, August 16. Tickets are available at the door. More information is available here.