State Choir "Latvija" opens its 70th anniversary concert series

In 2012 choir Latvija celebrates its 70th anniversary. The anniversary series will be opened with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's "Requiem", a composition that Latvija has performed the most – more than 200 times altogether. This time, „Requiem” will be performed in Riga St. John’s Church on March 30, conducted by Zbigniew Graca. Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and singers Inga Šļubovska, Baiba Berķe, Viesturs Jansons and Romāns Poļisādovs will also perform in the concert. Due to the large interest of audience, in concert day listeners will be able to attend rehearsal at 4 pm.

In April, Latvija will perform the impressive and gorgeous "Carmina Burana" cantata by Carl Orff at the Great Guild on April 27 together with National Symphony Orchestra and singers Elīna Volkmane, Andris Lapiņš and Armands Siliņš. Grandiose opus text is created during the middle Ages by manuscript which was found in a Bavarian monastery. It tells about fortune wheel spin, celebration of life, youth, love and springtime. The choir first performed the cantata in 1962.

May 24 in St. Peter's Church, Latvija and conductor Māris Sirmais will present a special program of sacred music - „Lithurgy of John Chrysostom”- featuring music by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, Glinka and other Russian composers.

A concert of Georgs Pelēcis' music will be performed in St. Peter's Church on June 19, 8pm with Māris Sirmais the conductor again. This concert will take a part at Riga Festival.

During the 15th International Sacred Music Festival, Latvija, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and soloists, also conducted by Sirmais, will perform Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Requiem" and present the premiere of Pawel Lukaszewski's 3rd Symphony. The concert will be held in Riga St. Peter's Church on August 28.

August 30 in Liepaja and August 31 in Riga St. Peter's Church, Georg Friedrich Handel's opus "Alexander's Feast", together with Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, will be performed. This opus tells about feast what happens at the court of Alexander the Great in Persian city Persepolis. During the feast, affected by music, Alexander the Great decides to burn conquers Persepolis to avenge the dead Greek soldier’s lives.

To continue one of most important traditions in International Sacred Music Festival – commission new pieces by Latvian composers – on September 4 there will be premiere of Ēriks Ešenvalds, Goran Gora and Imants Zemzaris new composition by Latvija. This concert  will take place in St. Gertrude's Church .

Whereas September 8, concluding the Sacred Music Festival, the choir will perform John Rutter's "Te Deum, "Gloria" and Requiem. Festival conductor and guest of honor – composer John Rutter.

Tickets for all of the concerts are avaiable at „Biļešu Paradīze” box offices in Latvia and on the internet, www.bilesuparadize.lv