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Celebration in the Choir's palace

CELEBRATION IN THE CHOIR'S PALACE / Musical stories and farytales for children

28.12.2018. and 29.12.2018. 3pm and 5pm at Zirgu concert hall. 

Tickets: https://www.bilesuparadize.lv/lv/performances/performance/16637

Anniversary concert of Inese Zandere - interview of Inese Zandere

Video interview with poet Inese Zandere who will celebrate her anniversary. In honor of this event a concert will take place at Latvian National Library at September 24. 

Tickets: https://www.bilesuparadize.lv/events/event/66892

Anniversary concert of Inese Zandere - interview of actor Kaspars Znotins

Video interview: actor Kaspars Znotiņš tells about collaboration with State Choir LATVIJA and poet Inese Zandere who will celebrate her anniversary. In honor of this event a concert will take place at Latvian National Library at September 24. 

Tickets: https://www.bilesuparadize.lv/events/event/66892  

THE 21th INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL - Jānis Ķirsis

Composer Jānis Ķirsis talks about his new piece for State Choir LATVIJA wich will be performed in 21st International Sacred Music festival concert "FIRST PERFORMANCE OF ORIGINAL LATVIAN COMPOSITIONS". 

Concert will take place at St. Gertrude Old Church, Riga at September 4 at 7pm. 

Tickets available: https://www.bilesuparadize.lv/en/events/event/65398

THE 21th INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL - Vestards Šimkus

Pianist and composer Vestards Šimkus talks about his new piece for State Choir LATVIJA wich will be performed in 21st International Sacred Music festival concert "FIRST PERFORMANCE OF ORIGINAL LATVIAN COMPOSITIONS". 

Concert will take place at St. Gertrude Old Church, Riga at September 4 at 7pm. 

Tickets available: https://www.bilesuparadize.lv/en/events/event/65398

THE 21th INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL - Valdis Tomsons, Ralfs Šmīdbergs

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 21th INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL - Māris Ošlejs

21st International Sacred Music Festival to take place from the 18th of August to the 8th of September

This summer, the State Choir Latvija along with Festival Artistic Director and Head Conductor Māris Sirmais again invites audiences to the International Sacred Music Festival. This marks the festival’s twenty-first year, and audiences can look forward to six concerts which will take place not only in the churches of Riga but also in Liepāja’s Great Amber concert hall and in a special centenary celebration concert at Stirniene St. Laurence Catholic Church.

Tickets for the concerts of 21th International Sacred Music Festival are available at box-offices of Biļešu paradīze and on internet www.bilesuparadize.lv, as well as one hour before concert.

Full programme: http://koris.lv/festivals/ 

THE 21th INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL - Laura Jēkabsone

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 21th INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL - Platons Buravickis

21st International Sacred Music Festival to take place from the 18th of August to the 8th of September

This summer, the State Choir Latvija along with Festival Artistic Director and Head Conductor Māris Sirmais again invites audiences to the International Sacred Music Festival. This marks the festival’s twenty-first year, and audiences can look forward to six concerts which will take place not only in the churches of Riga but also in Liepāja’s Great Amber concert hall and in a special centenary celebration concert at Stirniene St. Laurence Catholic Church.

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).

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.

On the 31st of August, as part of the Sacred Music Festival, the State Choir Latvija and conductor Māris Sirmais will present a concert at Stirniene St. Laurence Catholic Church. The concert, Shine, Stirniene, in Latvia’s Constellation, will be dedicated to Latvia’s centenary, in addition to marking Bishop Boļeslavs Sloskāns’ 125th birthday. Entrance to the concert will be free and open to all whom are interested.

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 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 

LATVIAN COMPOSERS FOR CENTERARY OF LATVIA - Māris Sirmais

"LATVIAN COMPOSERS FOR CENTERARY OF LATVIA" grand finale concert

Concert will take place at 4th of May at 6pm at the Latvian National Library

Ēriks Ešenvalds – Ancient Prairie

From the album 'From the dim and distant past' by State Choir Latvija.

A new recording exclusively devoted to the work of Ēriks Ešenvalds. The disc celebrates the 75th anniversary of the largest professional choir in the Baltics. Available on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and Tidal.

Ēriks Ešenvalds Ancient Prairie (2015)

State Choir Latvija

Māris Sirmais, conductor

Ilze Zariņa, violin

Recorded September and October 2017 St John's Lutheran Church, Riga

Sound edited by Normunds Slava

Filmed and edited by Dainis Juraga

Ēriks Ešenvalds is published by Musica Baltica in global partnership with Edition Peters.

Ēriks Ešenvalds – O Danny Boy

From the album 'From the dim and distant past' by State Choir Latvija.

A new recording exclusively devoted to the work of Ēriks Ešenvalds. The disc celebrates the 75th anniversary of the largest professional choir in the Baltics. Available on Amazon, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play, and Tidal.

Ēriks Ešenvalds O Danny Boy arr. (2014)

State Choir Latvija

Māris Sirmais, conductor

Laura Štoma, soprano solo

Daumants Kalniņš, baritone solo

Recorded September and October 2017 St John's Lutheran Church, Riga

Sound edited by Normunds Slava

Filmed and edited by Dainis Juraga

Ēriks Ešenvalds is published by Musica Baltica in global partnership with Edition Peters.

Latvian Composers for Centenary of Latvia - Jānis Lūsēns

State  Choir Latvija together with conductor Māris Sirmais will perform 18 world premieres. This will be the fifth concert from concert series Latvian composers for Centenary of Latvia. 

Concert will take place at National Library of Latvia Ziedonis hall on February 15. 

Composer Jānis Lūsēns tells about his song. 

 

Latvian Composers for Centenary of Latvia - Platons Buravickis

State  Choir Latvija together with conductor Māris Sirmais will perform 13 world premieres. This will be the fourth concert from concert series Latvian composers for Centenary of Latvia. 

Concert will take place at National Library of Latvia Ziedonis hall on March 1. 

Composer Platons Buravickis tells about his song. 

Video: Reinis Audriņš

Interview: Edgars Gertners

Producer: State Choir LATVIJA

Latvian Composers for Centenary of Latvia - Edgars Raginskis

State  Choir Latvija together with conductor Māris Sirmais will perform 13 world premieres. This will be the fourth concert from concert series Latvian composers for Centenary of Latvia. 

Concert will take place at National Library of Latvia Ziedonis hall on March 1. 

Composer Edgars Raginskis tells about his song. 

Video: Reinis Audriņš

Interview: Edgars Gertners

Producer: State Choir LATVIJA

Latvian Composers for Centenary of Latvia - Jēkabs Jančevskis

State  Choir Latvija together with conductor Māris Sirmais will perform 13 world premieres. This will be the fourth concert from concert series Latvian composers for Centenary of Latvia. 

Concert will take place at National Library of Latvia Ziedonis hall on March 1. 

Composer Jēkabs Jančevskis tells about his song. 

Video: Reinis Audriņš

Interview: Edgars Gertners

Producer: State Choir LATVIJA

Premiere of Nordic Light by Ēriks Ešenvalds in Kurzeme

 

Ēriks Ešenvalds LONG ROAD

State Choir LATVIJA, conductor Māris Sirmais. 

Concert in the Great Hall of Latvian University. Oct 12, 2012 

Latvian composers for Centenary of Latvia - Kaspars Zemītis

Composer Kaspars Zemītis speaks about his new music piece for concert series Latvian composers for Centenary of Latvia.

Latvian composers for Centenary of Latvia - Uģis Prauliņš

Composer Uģis Prauliņš speaks about his new music piece for concert series Latvian composers for Centenary of Latvia.

Latvian composers for Centenary of Latvia - Dace Aperāne

Composer Dace Aperāne speaks about her new music piece for concert series Latvian composers for Centenary of Latvia.

Latvian composers for Centenary of Latvia - Irīna Rebhūna

Composer and State Choir Latvija singer Irīna Rebhūna speaks about her new music piece for concert series Latvian composers for Centenary of Latvia.

Latvian composers for Centenary of Latvia - Renārs Kaupers

Composer Renārs Kaupers speaks about his new music piece for concert series Latvian composers for Centenary of Latvia.

Ēriks Ešenvalds STARS

State Choir Latvija

Conductor Maris Sirmais

Composer Eriks Esenvalds

Riga, Great Hall of Latvian University, October 12, 2012