On May 23, 2017 at 7.00pm in the Great Hall (Lielajā Aula) of the University of Latvia, BALSIS Youth Choir will present a concert jointly with chorister from Purdue University in the USA. The TV serial Glee has stimulated interest amongst young people in American pop-culture. The Purdue Varsity Glee Club is one of the most prominent representatives of this music genre. We’ll hear traditional American songs, well-known Beatles tunes, as well as popular, contemporary choir, works. There’ll even be the chance to sing along.

The core of the program selected by conductor William Griffel will be contemporary American choir music, traditional songs, Beatles songs, popular arrangements of choral music and the Latvian folk song Es kara’i aiziedams (I. Ramiņš arrangement), which the choir has learned specifically for this concert. In turn, BALSIS will add to the musical kaleidoscope of the concert by singing the works of  Gall, Brahms, Sisask, etc.

The Purdue Varsity Glee Club male choir is composed of singers from a range of professions; astronaut, physicist, athlete, politician, cartoonist, environmental researcher, lawyer, landscape gardener, engineer, a diplomat who sings and composes, these are but a few. Even though none of the professions are directly related to the study of music, the choir has gained a reputation as a brilliant professional level choir, achieving amazing variety with, at times, eight-part harmonies.

In its almost 125 years of existence (the choir was established in 1893) this dynamic musical troupe has cultivated and staged a varied repertoire, which includes spiritual songs, vocal jazz standards, contemporary hits, romantic ballads, classical choral opuses, folk tunes, patriotic songs and well-known opera choruses. In order to improve upon every performance and engage an audience of various ages, the choir also sings is small groups and invites well-known soloists to join them.

Currently, the choir is on a concert tour, which includes Poland and the Baltics, getting to know the rich history and culture of these nations as well as performing alongside well-known ensembles from these countries.

Entry to the concert is free.

We are grateful for the support of SIA “LDZ CARGO” at this Latvian choral event.

BALSIS Youth Choir invites everyone to the concert hall “Lielais Dzintars” in Liepaja for their anniversary concert, SVĒTKI, on April 8, 2017 at 6.30pm celebrating the 30th year of the choir’s formation.

Liepaja will be hosting a range of cultural and sporting activities on April 8 and, as a result, the railway’s “Pasažieru vilciens” is organising a special train (Route 887) which will run on that day from Rīga to Liepaja stopping at: Jelgava,Dobele,Saldus and Skrunda, leaving Riga Central Station at 8.50am. The return journey (Route 888) on April 8 will commence at 9.55pm, stopping as before and reaching Riga April 9, at 1.00am. Tickets for these jouneys can be purchased as usual at the stations.

On April 8, Liepaja will be hosting the running race “Jēkaba kross”, an international dance sport competition “Dzintarlāse 2017”, an endurance race “Liepājas spēks 2017”, a folk dance festival “Aprīļa pilieni”, and “Piafa” a performance by the Liepaja Theatre Company – but most importantly, the weather forecast is good!

The concert “SVĒTKI!”  will fill the large hall of Liepajas “Lielais Dzintars” with sounds, lights and other media forms starting from 6.30pm. In the first part of the concert, the choir, in its current configuration, will perform works from across the globe which will be accompanied by stunning visual and spatial effects created by Peteris Brīninš and supported by DJ Monsta. The task of setting the mood for the second part of the concert has been entrusted to video artist Anita Priedīte and stage designer Aigars Ozoliņš. In this part, the words of Latvia’s poets will be entwined with music by some of Latvia’s most famous composers. The 100 voice choir and soloists will be conducted by Ikauniece, Kupčs, Teterovskis, Tomsons, acoompanied by Maskats and the MC Orķestris, and so it continues... with Orests Silabriedis as MC.

There’ll be plenty of surprises! There will be no room for indifference as the air vibrates with the fervour that is characteristic of the choir’s singing reflecting the diversity of colours. You will hear the works of Plakidis, Butāns, Pauls, Vasks, Gallus, Kalniņš, Ešenvalds, Norvilis, Brahms, Kaminskis, Rusovs, Dārziņš, Sējāns, Sisask, Jēkabsone, Maskats, Stabulnieks, Vaivods, Muktupāvels along with the verses of Aspazija, Ziedons, Mārtuževa, Moreino, Čaka, Belševica, Tīsdeila, Miesnieks un Peters.

Co-developers and partners of the concert are: the Concert Hall “Lielais Dzintars”, Liepaja City Municipality Administration, The Liepaja Department of Culture, Riga City Council, the State Culture Capital Foundation,  “Mazā Ģilde”, “Sixt Latvia”, Pbx.lv.

Concert tickets are 5/7/10/12 EUR, and available from Biļešu Paradīzes sales points and online at  bilesuparadize.lv, lielaisdzintars.lv


Additional information:

Ints Teterovskis

Tel. 29414158

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.



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