China’s 13th International  Choir Festival (CIFC) and the IFCM World Choral Education Conference

July 26 – 31, 2016

Taipei’s 16th International Choral Festival (TICF16)

Augusts 1 – 7, 2016 

 

In November 2015, BALSIS youth choir participated in the first Asia and Pacific World Choir Expo, which took place in Macau, China with compellingly performances representing Latvian and European choral music. This led to invitations to participate in other prestigious choral music festivals in China and Taiwan. 

From July 26 to August 7, BALSIS will perform at China’s 13th Inernational Choir Festival and the IFCM World Choral Education Conference in Beijing http://en.cicfbj.cn/  and the 16th International  Choral Festival (TICF16) in Taipei http://www.ticf.tw/

The choir’s participation in both of these international events is a tremendous opportunity to strengthen global interest in Latvian choral traditions, reflective of the overall increased   interest in crosscultural events and collaboration. Interest in Latvian choir music has significantly increased since the 8th World Choir Games were held in Riga and continues with the 1st International Baltic Sea  Choral Competition which will be held in Jūrmala in Latvia in September, 2016 and the 3rd European Choir Games and Grand Prix of Nations which will be held in Riga in 2017.

During their Asian tour, BALSIS will perform 9 concerts and deliver masterclasses. As is traditional, latvian music is performed for international audiences, including original works and folk music arrangements, which allows these audiences to familiarise themselves with the latvian language and culture. This time the program will include works by Emilis Melngailis, Emīls Dārziņš, Jāzeps Vītols, Imants Ramiņš, Pēteris Vasks, Raimonds Pauls, Pēteris Butāns, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Pēteris Plakidis, Juris Vaivods, Emīls Rusovs along with works from the repertoire of world music classics by Johannes Brahms and Veljo Tormis. The audience will also have an opportunity to hear a new work by Rihards Dubra.

BALSIS choristers and Ints Teterovskis want to express their heartfelt thanks to those sponsors who have made it possible for the choir to participate in the international festivals in Asia: the Rietumu Banka Charitable Fund; the State Culture Capital Foundation, Latvia’s State Forests along with Babītes and Aizkraukles Local Councils  and other supportive followers.

Keep abreast of our tour in Asia through Twitter and Facebook by using #BalsisAsia or through our website: www.balsis.lv.

From August 25-28, BALSIS is planning its annual concert series Daugavas Balsis.  This year 10 concerts will be performed in localities along the Daugava River covering the section from Aizkraukle to Ogre. 

September 23-25

The Inaugural International Baltic Sea Choral Competition, Jūrmala, Latvia

September 26-30

The Third International Symposium of Choirs, Concerts in Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatorium, Rachmaninov Hall and Yaroslavl

April 21-23

April 21-23 14th International Choral Competition, Maribor, Slovenia

July 16-23 July 16-23 3rd European Choir Games, Riga, Latvia
October 14-15 Let the people sing, Helsinki, Finland

From May 25-31, 2014, BALSIS will return to the United States, where it will participate in the New York Latvian Concert Choir’s annual choir camp at the Latvian Church Camp in the Catskills, together with the Montreal choir „Atbalss” and singers from Toronto and Ottawa.  After the camp, the choir will give concerts for the Latvian communities in Boston, Washington and at the New Jersey Latvian Society’s property „Priedaine”, in addition to a concert at The Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in New York City and a private concert at a local music school.

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At the end of September, BALSIS will be leaving for its fourth tour of Sardinia, one of the most beautiful  and mysterious Italian islands between the Sea of Sardinia, the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.

The tour includes two concerts on September 26 and 27 in Sassari as part of the international choral festival "Nella Città dei Gremi", followed by a concert on September 28 in Olbia.

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From August 3 – 17, 2013, Youth Choir BALSIS participated in the international Bayreuth Festival of Young Artists (Festival Jünger Künstler Bayreuth).  As part of the festival, the choir gave four concerts, presenting both sacred repertoire and folk song arrangements.  All concerts were well-received by the audiences, earning the choir standing ovations every time.

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On the May 29th BALSIS will participate in the opening of the 15th Baltic Development Forum summit „New Realities – New Opportunities”.

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In October BALSIS are going on a tour to Sweden, participating in Lund Choral Festival and giving concerts in several well known Sweden concert halls:

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Some may ask what is the connection between a car manufacturer and classical music?  Many people know that Audi has organized its own classical music festival for many years. This year in Ingolstadt, from July 3 to 30, Audi will present the 23rd annual Audi Summer Concerts (Audi Sommerkonzerte 2012). The motto this year is „For eternity” („Für die Ewigkeit”), which weaves throughout the programme and has determined the choices for programming and artists.

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The main thing is not to lose the panic!

                                          -Māris Kupčs

Youth Choir BALSIS is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year!  We invite you to come to our anniversary celebration concert on Sunday, April 8, 18:00 in the Great Hall of the University of Latvia. And this will not be just any concert! This will be a SPECIAL concert with a SPECIAL programme, sung by SPECIAL people and conducted by SPECIAL conductors!

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