Continuing an established tradition, the youth choir BALSIS invites you attend their concerts at Riga’s St Saviour’s Anglican Church on December 22 and 23 at 8.00pm and December 25 at 11.00pm.
A very special performance of G. F. Handel's Messiah will take place on December 18, 2016, at Rīga Cathedral, where the audience is invited to participate and sing-along with the musicians on stage. Ints Teterovskis will conduct soloists Evija Martinsone, Sergei Yeger, Martins Zvigulis and Pauls Putnins who will be joined by the Vidzemes Chamber Orchestra and choirs Balsis, Aura, Moneta, and DeCoro. Audience members can join the musicians using specially prepared sheet-music in what is the concert that will get the Sing-Along tradition of to a lively start in Latvia.
The youth choir BALSIS (Voices) presents lots of concerts. One of their ventures, which started 5 years ago, is to spend 4 days on the Daugava River, each year sailing down a section of it, presenting concerts along the way. This year the journey and concerts began in Aizkraukle and finished in Ogre, included 10 concerts and I was able to travel with them recording this experience. An emphasis needs to be placed on the word “ youth”, the sheer concentration of energy that resounds in their singing and reflects the pace and intensity of the 4 days. The choir and its conductor are a reverberating ball of energy, bounding, floating, hiking through the countryside. The whole tour requires sustained physical and mental activity with its often spirited physical demands and equally intense spells of performance.