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 BalsisAuraMoneta, 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.

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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.

 

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BALSIS will launch its 30th performance season with the concert series DAUGAVA’S BALSIS. From August 25 to 28, the choir will continue the tradition begun in 2011 of travelling along the Daugava River, sailing a different section each year, presenting concerts free of charge in churches, parks, castle ruins and novel venues on both sides of the river. Over the past 6 years the choir has performed 37 concerts as part of this project. This year over the 4 days, BALSIS, under the leadership of Ints Teterovskis, will perform 10 concerts between Aizkraukle and Ogre.

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