BALSIS youth choir undertook its second tour in Asia from July 26, 2016. The choir performed 3 superb concerts at the 13th International Choral Festival in Beijing powerfully representing Latvian choral culture. Three hundred choirs from 28 countries performed to full houses at the festival, which was organised by China’s Ministry of Culture. The festival is a part of the mutual co-operation programme between Latvia and China. Currently the choir is taking part in the 13th International Choral Festival in Taipei. On August 6, the choir will have a unique opportunity to present a two-part concert in one of the best concert venues in Asia – The Taiwan National Concert Hall, which has a capacity of more than 2000 seats. ( http://ej.uz/artstickets )
The choir’s artistic director Ints Teterovskis stated, with a hint of humour “During this Asian tour not only can we showcase the choir but also rejoice in, and be proud of, the popularity of Latvian choral music and composers, since composers such as Esenvalds, Dubra and Praulins are represented in the repertoires of choirs from around the world, BUT most importantly, the Asian tour provided us with an opportune training ground to prepare for the DAUGAVA’S VOICES (DAUGAVAS BALSIS) concert series.”
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.