THE 21st INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL / FESTIVAL OPENING CONCERT
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THE 21st INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL / GIUSEPPE VERDI "REQUIEM"
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THE 21st INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL / POULENC. MARTIN. EŠENVALDS
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THE 21st INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL / LATVIAN SACRED MUSIC CONCERT
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THE 21st INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL / WORLD PREMIERES BY LATVIAN COMPOSERS
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THE 21st INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL / FESTIVAL CLOSING CONCERT. 100TH BIRTHDAY OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN
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Concert date: 2018 gada 18. augusts, 18:00
Concert place: Concert Hall GREAT AMBER

State Choir LATVIJA

Liepāja Symphony orchestra

Sandra Janušaite, soprano (Lithuania)

Kristīne Zadovska, mezzo-soprano (Latvia)

Valentīns Ditjuks, tenor (Ukraine)

Rihards Mačanovskis, bariton (Latvia)

Conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius (Lithuania)

 

PROGRAMME:

Giuseppe Verdi "REQUIEM"

 

The festival’s opening concert programme will be performed twice - on the 18th of August in Liepāja in collaboration with the Liepāja Summer Festival, and on the 23rd of August in Riga at St. Peter’s Church. The programme features the beloved classic, Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, which will be performed by the State Choir Latvija along with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and fiery conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius (Lithuania).

 

The festival opening concert takes place in cooperation with the festival "LIEPĀJAS VASARA"

 

Tickets to the festival’s concerts are available at Biļešu paradīze box offices throughout Latvia, as well as online:  www.bilesuparadize.lv 

More about the festival: here

 
THE 21st INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL / FESTIVAL OPENING CONCERT
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Concert date: 2018 gada 23. augusts, 19:00
Concert place: Riga St Peter’s Church

 

State Choir LATVIJA

Liepāja Symphony orchestra

Sandra Janušaite, soprano (Lithuania)

Kristīne Zadovska, mezzo-soprano (Latvia)

Valentīns Ditjuks, tenor (Ukraine)

Rihards Mačanovskis, bariton (Latvia)

Conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius (Lithuania)

 

PROGRAMME:

Giuseppe Verdi "REQUIEM"

The festival’s opening concert programme will be performed twice - on the 18th of August in Liepāja in collaboration with the Liepāja Summer Festival, and on the 23rd of August in Riga at St. Peter’s Church. The programme features the beloved classic, Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, which will be performed by the State Choir Latvija along with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and fiery conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius (Lithuania).

The roots of the Sacred Music Festival can be found in 1998, when the State Choir Latvija first organised a festival with the goal of enriching the cultural life of Riga and renewing the spiritual position of society. The Sacred Music Festival introduced genre diversity to the festival movement in Latvia, drawing attention mainly to the performance of vocal-symphonic works and a cappella pieces.

Tickets to the festival’s concerts are available at Biļešu paradīze box offices throughout Latvia, as well as online:  www.bilesuparadize.lv 

More about the festival: http://koris.lv/festivals/

 
THE 21st INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL / GIUSEPPE VERDI "REQUIEM"
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Concert date: 2018 gada 25. augusts, 19:00
Concert place: Riga St Peter’s Church

 

State Choir LATVIJA

Conductor Stephen Layton (England) 

 

PROGRAMME:

Francis Poulenc "Four Motets", Frank Martin "Mass", Ēriks Ešenvalds "The Sun Dogs"

 

On the evening of the 25th of August in Riga’s St. Peter’s Church, the State Choir Latvia will host its special reunion with world-famous conductor Stephen Layton (Great Britain). Stephen Layton is one of the world’s greatest performers of choral music as a two-time Gramophone Awards prizewinner, a Diapason d’Or ECHO Klassik prizewinner, and a four-time Grammy nominee. For his concert with the State Choir Latvija, the conductor has chosen works by composers of which his performances have gained critical acclaim - the programme will include Francis Poulenc’s sacred music masterpiece Quatre Motets pour un temps de pénitence, Frank Martin’s magnificent Mass for Double Choir, and Ēriks Ešenvalds’ 2007 triumph The Sun Dogs.

The roots of the Sacred Music Festival can be found in 1998, when the State Choir Latvija first organised a festival with the goal of enriching the cultural life of Riga and renewing the spiritual position of society. The Sacred Music Festival introduced genre diversity to the festival movement in Latvia, drawing attention mainly to the performance of vocal-symphonic works and a cappella pieces.

Tickets to the festival’s concerts are available at Biļešu paradīze box offices throughout Latvia, as well as online:  www.bilesuparadize.lv 

More about the festival: http://koris.lv/festivals/

 

 

 
THE 21st INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL / POULENC. MARTIN. EŠENVALDS
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Concert date: 2018 gada 31. augusts, 19:00
Concert place: Stirniene St. Laurent catholic church

Concert "Shine Stirniene in the constellation of Latvia!"

State Choir LATVIJA

Conductor Māris Sirmais

Free entrance

  

PROGRAMME:

Latvian sacred music

 

The concert "Shine Stirniene in the constellation of Latvia!" is intended as a celebration of the centenary of Latvia and the introduction of the 125th anniversary of the Bishop Boļeslavs Sloskāns. The concert will be given by the State LATVIJA under the direction of conductor Māris Sirmais. The aim of the planned concert is to cover the widest range of audiences in the rural environment, to present and popularize Latvian original music, to make the name of Stirniena at the national and European level, and to represent the Latvian countryside as an opportunity for an excellent cultural life.

Entrance to the concert will be free and open to all whom are interested.

 
THE 21st INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL / LATVIAN SACRED MUSIC CONCERT
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Concert date: 2018 gada 04. septembris, 19:00
Concert place: Old St. Gertrude's Church

 


State Choir "LATVIJA"

Conductor Māris Sirmais (Latvia)

 

PROGRAMME:

World premiers by Jānis Ķirsis, Platons Buravickis, Laura Jēkabsone and Vestards Šimkus

 

A traditional audience favourite of the festival is the premiere concert of new works by Latvian composers. On the 4th of September at Old St. Gertrude’s Church, Riga, the State  Choir Latvija will perform Ādams un Ieva, a new work of composer and leader of vocal group Framest Jānis Ķirsis; Dziesmas par zemi, a new work from master of musical algorithm Platons Buravickis; a new composition by Latvian Voices singer, composer and arranger Laura Jēkabsone dedicated to the story of Lilith, Adam’s first wife in ancient Jewish mythology; and  a new work from pianist and composer Vestards Šimkus, a short mass for choir and instrumental trio (piano, cello, violin).

 

The roots of the Sacred Music Festival can be found in 1998, when the State Choir Latvija first organised a festival with the goal of enriching the cultural life of Riga and renewing the spiritual position of society. The Sacred Music Festival introduced genre diversity to the festival movement in Latvia, drawing attention mainly to the performance of vocal-symphonic works and a cappella pieces.

Tickets to the festival’s concerts are available at Biļešu paradīze box offices throughout Latvia, as well as online:  www.bilesuparadize.lv 

More about the festival: http://koris.lv/festivals/

 
THE 21st INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL / WORLD PREMIERES BY LATVIAN COMPOSERS
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Concert date: 2018 gada 08. septembris, 18:00
Concert place: Riga Dome Chatedral

 

State Choir "LATVIJA"

The Latvian National Symphony Orchestra

Sandis Šteinbergs, violin (Latvia)

Stephen Sunghoon Choi, contratenor (Switzerland)

Conductor Māris Sirmais (Latvia)

 

PROGRAMME:

Leonard Bernstein "Chichester Psalms", "Missa Brevis", Serenade for violin, string orchestra, harp and percussion

 

The festival closing concert will be performed on the 8th of September at the Riga Dome Cathedral honouring one of the musical giants of the 20th century, the genius, vivacious Leonard Bernstein. The composer, who this year would have celebrated his 100th birthday, will have his works presented by the State Choir Latvija together with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. The programme will feature Bernstein’s impressive vocal-symphonic work Chichester Psalms, one of his final works, the Missa Brevis, and his elegant Serenade for violin, orchestra and an impressive percussion group. The solo from the violin concerto has been entrusted to Sandis Šteinbergs, while the programme will be conducted by Festival Artistic Director and Head Conductor Māris Sirmais.        

The roots of the Sacred Music Festival can be found in 1998, when the State Choir Latvija first organised a festival with the goal of enriching the cultural life of Riga and renewing the spiritual position of society. The Sacred Music Festival introduced genre diversity to the festival movement in Latvia, drawing attention mainly to the performance of vocal-symphonic works and a cappella pieces.

Tickets to the festival’s concerts are available at Biļešu paradīze box offices throughout Latvia, as well as online:  www.bilesuparadize.lv 

More about the festival: http://koris.lv/festivals/

 
THE 21st INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL / FESTIVAL CLOSING CONCERT. 100TH BIRTHDAY OF LEONARD BERNSTEIN
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