State Choir Latvija invites to one of the greatest summer cultur event in Latvia - 18th International Sacred Music Festival.
In 2015 The 18th International Sacred Music Festival will be rung in when the deep bass and clear soprano voices will reveal the celestial beauty of sacred music by Alexander Gretchaninoff in the reading of Vladimir Kontarev, Professor of the Moscow State Conservatory.
Latvian audience is familiar with the high-powered temper of the extraordinary and charismatic Estonian Andres Mustonen. In the music of the most praised Israeli composer Betty Olivero, he brings together the brilliant sonority of the choir Latvija and Giora Feidman, the world-famous Klezmer Clarinet: here the rich spiritual heritage of Israeli people meets the challenging temper of klezmer music.
Māris Sirmais opens new horizons - there are three gentlemen: the talented percussionist Rihards Zaļupe has created CREDO, an opus like a meditative desert in a cool night bringing together the sacred chants from the Orthodox, Shamanistic and Buryat traditions. This is a second contributon by Jānis Aišpurs to the repertoire of the choir Latvija. Jēkabs Jančevskis has his say - the legend of Mindaugas with Zane Jančevska in the role of narrator.
The repertoire chosen by Andris Poga is an extremely potent dose: the majestic pensiveness of Germans and Austrians crowned with the sublime and firm stone cathedral - Mass No. 3 in F minor by Anton Bruckner. The immensely religious composer, who used to keep the Bible in his pocket, reminds of the everlasting human values them in a voice both divine and human.