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Leading Latvian and Baltic choir will make the day of residents of New York by its concert of European masterpieces of choir music

March 05, 2015

On April 9, at 07:00 p.m. the Lincoln Centre Alice Tully Hall, New York, will host a concert of a choral music legend of Latvia and of East Europe, multiple winner of music awards the Latvian National Choir, which is a well-known brand name on the map of the world choral music.
The Latvian National Choir is a bright, outstanding professional and internationally recognized collective, which musical accomplishments delighted listeners in the most prestigious concert halls of the world: Amsterdam Concertgebouw, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Lucerne Culture and Congress Centre, Monteux Igor Stravinsky Concert Hall, Munich Philharmonic Hall Gasteig, Moscow Pyotr Tchaikovsky Concert Hall and Saint Petersburg concert halls, Singapore Victoria Concert Hall and in a many great others. The Latvian National Choir is conducted by the winner of various international and local awards, conductor Māris Sirmais, under whose auspices the choir has performed together with the world – famous orchestras, musicians and conductors in reproduction of many large-format musical works around the world.
Māris Sirmais, artistic director of the choir Latvija, tells about the New York concert program: “I would not overact if I say that we brought to New York the parade of true masterpieces of choral music. We shaped our program from the most prominent and unique masterpieces of choral music composers of the Baltic region. Of course, other European composers of the 17th to 21st centuries will be presented as well.” As the most notable example the conductor mentioned Estonian composers, who gained the world-wide fame, Arvo Part and Veljo Tormis, as well as Latvians Ēriks Ešenvalds, Pēteris Vasks and Arturs Maskats, whose surnames, works are not strange to the admirers of classical music on all continents. But other European regions and epochs will be represented by the pieces of work of Alesandro Skarlati, Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn, Sven - David Sandstrom and of other authors.
The program includes also the extremely fine compositions, which can be sung only by a very large, distinguished collective. Olivier Messiaen Carols will sound in 27 voices. “When going to New York we thought through also the presents to the American audience – this will be one of the most famous pieces of American choralmusic Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine, which author, multiple a multiple winner of Grammy award Eric Whitackre, is very popular in America,” says the conduction of the choir Latvija, presuming that also for him this author is special. “A great many distinguished Latvian choirs willingly include his music in their repertoire,” says the prominent Latvian conductor Māris Sirmais about music of the American author.
Latvia with its choir singing traditions is well-known in America, as well as music of Baltic States in general. America has become aware of Latvian names thanks to the prominent Latvian opera singers Elīna Garanča, Maija Kovaļevska and AleksandrsAntoņenko, who on a regular basis sing in New York Metropolitan Opera. Latvian words are brought into the world not only by the world famous conductors Andris Nelsons and Mariss Jansons, as well as the world famous violinist Gidon Kremer. Also the mission of the Latvian National Choir is to carry into the world our culture, as well as the name of Latvia as a state.
Choir Latvija visits the United States for the second time. In 2010 in New York together with musicians of a group from Island Sigur Ros, the choir participated in the first night vocal and instrumental performance of a composition of KjartanSveinsson Credo, also put on three concerts hosted in Lincoln Centre White Light Festival. Newspaper The New York Times that time wrote by characterizing the choir sound, in many reviews did not stint descriptions “refined, beautiful, colorful”.
The concert of the Latvian National Choir is included into the program of public diplomacy and culture of the Latvian Presidency in the Council of the European Union.