STATE CHOIR LATVIJA RETURNS ON THE STAGE OF ELBPHILHARMONIE WITH IVETA APKALNA

State Choir Latvija and its artistic director and chief conductor Maris Sirmais, together with Elbphilharmonie honorary organist Iveta Apkalna, will give a concert on February 24, at the grand hall of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg.

The concert will feature compositions by Latvian composers Peteris Vasks, Aivars Kalējs, Ēriks Ešenvalds, and compositions by Lionel Rogg, Thierry Escaich and Olivier Messiaen for choir and organ. The special event will be the world premiere of “Veni Domine” – a new work for choir and organ by composer Pēteris Vasks, specially composed for this concert.

This concert will be the debut for conductor Maris Sirmais in the great hall of Elbphilharmonie. The State Choir Latvija has already performed in this concert hall on its opening year, performing Gustav Mahler's 8th Symphony. And it is already known that the choir will once again visit the Elbphilharmonie on April 27 this year, together with the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra and its artistic director and conductor Kent Nagano to perform the dramatic György Ligeti Requiem and Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony.

Iveta Apkalna is one of the most active and demanded solo organists in Europe and the world. Since 2017, Iveta Apkalna is the honorary organist of the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg and is the artistic director of the organ concerts of this hall. Iveta Apkalna and State Choir Latvija have developed a close co-operation for many years. On May 11, 2017, Iveta Apkalna was the honorary guest at the 75th-anniversary concert of the choir at Riga Dome Cathedral. On June 27, 2018, celebrating the centenary of Latvia, Iveta Apkalna together with choir gave a concert in Rome, Italy, performing works by Latvian composers under the guidance of conductor Maris Sirmais.

Hamburg Elbphilharmonie is one of the most beautiful concert halls in the world and is the tallest residential building in Hamburg and its glass structure resembles a sail where the culture and art of Hamburg and the whole world bounce.

The concert of the State Choir Latvija at the Elbphilharmonie is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia and the Latvian State Centenary Office.