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State Choir LATVIJA nominated in two categories for the annual Golden Microphone Award

We are proud to have received two nominations from the annual Golden Microphone Award, Latvia’s highest honor for recorded music. Together with our colleagues in the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Wind Orchestra “RIGA” and soprano Laura Teivāne, we have been nominated in the Classical and Choral Music category with our recording of the works…
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We cogratulate our colleague Lauma Malnace!

On January 6th, the Normunds Naumanis Annual Award for Criticism was presented for the fifth time at NN Night at the New Riga Theater. The award was received by theater critic Silvija Radzobe. Lauma Malnace, music critic and member of the State Choir LATVIJA, won the Young Critic’s Encouragement Award, acknowledging her reviews written for…
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CELEBRATION IN THE CHOIR’S PALACE

The State Choir LATVIJA will delight its smallest listeners! This year, the “Celebration in the Choir’s Palace” children’s concert programme will also travel outside of Riga. Featuring songs of Arvīds Žilinskis, the concert will first take place on December 27th at 13:00 in the Zirgu Street Concert Hall. Tickets: https://www.bilesuparadize.lv/en/events/event/78951 Immediately after the concert, the…
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State Choir LATVIJA Begins Collaboration with Conductor Gianandrea Noseda in Spain

The State Choir LATVIJA has begun a concert tour in Spain, joining the Orquestra de Cadaqués and the outstanding conductor Gianandrea Noseda in three performances of Beethoveen’s Missa Solemnis. The first concert of the tour will take place on December 10th at 8 p.m. in the Mozart Hall of the Auditorio de Zaragoza – renowned…
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STATE CHOIR LATVIJA ANNOUNCES TOUR DATES FOR CANADA

The State Choir LATVIJA, with its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Māris Sirmais, will take part in three music festivals in Canada between the 3rd and 13th of July, 2019. The New York Times has described the State Choir LATVIJA’s sound as “exquisite, beautiful and magnificent”. The State Choir LATVIJA will present audiences on its…
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STATE CHOIR LATVIJA TO PERFORM AT RIGA’S DOME CATHEDRAL AND LIEPĀJA’S GREAT AMBER

A program dedicated to the greats of French music will be performed on August 20th at Riga’s Dome Cathedral. We will mark the 175th birthday of the French master of organ music, Charles-Marie Widor, with a performance of his Mass, which is performed extensively worldwide. We will also mark Francis Poulenc’s 120th birthday, in honor…
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STATE CHOIR LATVIJA TO PERFORM IN GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND SPAIN

At the end of summer 2019, the State Choir LATVIJA will spend three weeks at the Ruhrtriennale in Germany, one of the world’s most interesting and innovative inter-genre festivals in which each year gathers famous directors, musicians, artists, and contemporary theatre representatives. The State Choir LATVIJA will take part in a performance called Evolution, which…
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LR1 ON THE RUHRTRIENNALE EVOLUTION PROJECT

Ruhrtriennale: the State Choir Latvija and Monika Pormale’s participation in the production of Evolution. The work by Kornél Mundruczó and Monika Pormale: a musical production, Evolution, which premiered on September 5th at the Ruhrtriennale in Bochum. It will also be performed on the 7th, 8th, 12th, 13th and 14th of September. The production is based…
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ON OCTOBER 5TH, STATE CHOIR LATVIJA AND FRIENDS WILL CELEBRATE TĀLIVALDIS ĶENIŅŠ’ CENTENARY

On October 5th at 7 p.m., at Riga’s St. John’s Church, a concert dedicated to Tālivaldis Ķeniņš’ centenary will be held. The State Choir LATVIJA, organist Ilze Reine, conductor Māris Sirmais and several soloists have prepared a programme showing the essence of the famous Canadian-Latvian composer, offering a glimpse into his significant legacy. The concert…
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22ND INTERNATIONAL SACRED MUSIC FESTIVAL TO BE HELD FROM AUGUST 10TH TO 24TH

The State Choir LATVIJA and its Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Māris Sirmais invites audiences to mark their calendars for one of the summer’s most hotly anticipated classical music festivals. Between the 10th and 24th of August, concerts comprising the 22nd International Sacred Music Festival will be performed in Riga and Liepāja. This year’s festival…
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Congratulations to Aina Bajāre with Highest State Decorations Award

On November 18th, 2019, at the Highest State Decorations Award Ceremony hosted at Riga Castle, the Chapter of Orders awarded the Cross of Recognition for distinguished achievements of the Latvian state to Aina Bajāre, a stage artist, operetta soloist, and vocal pedagogue. The State Choir LATVIJA warmly congratulates its long-standing teacher, colleague, and friend. The…
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Saga of Suiti. World premiers

All this week, the State Choir LATVIJA rehearse the performance of Rihards Dubra opera “Saga of Suiti” in Liepaja. Maris Sirmais about the opera “Saga of Suiti”: “Courland can be proud of many things – its concert hall “Great Amber”, its beautiful architecture, its special luxurious pearls of the cities, Liepaja’s concerts and its symphonies.…
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JĀZEPS VĪTOLS 6TH INTERNATIONAL CHORAL CONDUCTOR’S COMPETITION AND CONCERT “GARLIEB HELWIG MERKEL – 250!”

On October 26, the final of the Jāzeps Vītols 6th International Choral Conductor’s Competition took place, which was also attended by the State Choir LATVIJA. Four young conductors competed in the finals, conducting vocal symphonic works by composers Vilnis Šmīdbergs, Imants Kalniņš, Pēteris Butāns, and Johannes Brahms. As a result of the intense struggle, Matīss…
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The fifth concert of the cycle Latvian Composers for Latvia’s Centenary

State Choir LATVIJA offers to its audience final concert in the cycle Latvian Composers for Latvia’s Centenary. This Thursday on February 15, 2018 at 7 p.m. traditionally held in Ziedonis Hall of the National Library of Latvia. Four concerts of this cycle have already been performed. More than 60 a cappella compositions for mixed choir by Latvian composers have…
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ĒRIKS EŠENVALDS’S VOLCANO SYMPHONY

Concert date: 2018 gada 10. March, 19:00 Concert place: Vidzeme concert hall CĒSIS  State Choir LATVIJA Latvian National Symphony Orchestra Dita Kreinberga, principal Māris SIRMAIS, conductor Roberts Rubīns, director Renārs Vimba, video Didzis Jaunzems, stage Mārtiņš Feldmanis, lights Ēriks Ešenvalds Volcano Symphony (world premiere) After the successful production of Northern Lights, dedicated to aurora borealis, Ešenvalds continues his exploration of nature,…
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