Baryshnikov Arts Center presents The Latvian National Choir in the final concert celebrating BAC’s 10th anniversary. The Latvian National Choir, a leading exponent of the great Baltic choral tradition, performs an eclectic program including works by Arvo Part, Grammy nominee Ugis Praulins, and three U.S. premieres of works by acclaimed Latvian composers Jekabs Janchevskis, Gundega Smite, and Raimonds Tiguls.
In 2017, the Latvian National Choir celebrates its 75th anniversary, and is in high demand among the choirs of Europe. Since 1997 the artistic director and chief conductor of the choir has been M?ris Sirmais. In recent years, the choir has collaborated with the leading symphonic orchestras of Germany, Finland, Singapore, Israel, Greece, Switzerland, the U.S., Estonia, Moscow, Saint-Petersburg, and with prominent conductors including Maris Jansons, Zubin Mehta, Andris Nelsons, Neeme Jarvi, Pavo Jarvi, David Zinman, Valery Gergiev, Vladimir Fedoseyev, Simone Young and many others. The choir is a seven-time receiver of the Great Music Award of Latvia and in 2003 the Choir was presented with the Award of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Latvia. In 2007 it was given the Award of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia. In 2013 the choir won the National Recording Award in classical music category.
The Latvian National Choir’s complete concert program at BAC includes Vytautas Miskinis’ O salutaris hostia, Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque, Arvo Part’s The Deer’s Cry, Part’s Which was the Son of, Vaclovas Augustinas’ Cantata Domino, Ugis Praulins’ Veni Sancte Spiritus, Jekabs Janchevskis’ Odplyw (U.S. Premiere), Gundega Smite’s Song of stone (U.S. Premiere), Raimonds Tiguls’ Nyari gianta (U.S. Premiere), Eriks Esenvalds’ Northern Lights, and Veljo Tormis’ Ingrian Evenings.
Presented by Baryshnikov Arts Center