LIGO

TDA “Līgo” is one of Latvia’s most-awarded dance groups. The group is led by Jānis Purviņš, an extremely talented and creative individual who has been Artistic and Executive Director for many Song Festivals in Latvia. He is the author of many unique and compelling choreographies. This concert will allow the audience a chance to see new dances and experience the emotional connection Jānis and the group have with Latvian dance.

The State Choir LATVIJA

The acclaimed State Choir LATVIJA, led by Artistic Director and Conductor Māris Sirmais will perform their Canadian début at Koerner Hall on Friday, July 5 at 7:30 pm. The New York Timeshas characterized the State Choir LATVIJA’s sound as “exquisite, beautiful and magnificent”. Celebrating its 77th season in 2019, the choir is internationally recognized as one of the best in the world, presenting the unique Latvian choral sound to audiences everywhere. This concert will feature works by Arvo Pärt, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Imant Raminsh, Tālivaldis Ķeniņš, Jānis Kalniņš, Pēteris Vasks, Rihards Dubra, Veljo Tormiss, Vaclovas Augustinas, Eleanor Daley, Eric Whitacre and Morten Lauridsen.

This will be the choir’s first performance as part of a tour produced by Laura Adlers (The Adlers Agency) in partnership with the XV Latvian Song and Dance Festival in Canada (Toronto), Music and Beyond (Ottawa) and the Elora Festival (Elora). This tour is made possible with the support of the Ministry of Culture for Latvia, the LV100 Foundation and the XV Latvian Song and Dance Festival in Canada, who invited the choir to perform at their festival as part of Latvia’s centennial celebrations.

RAXTU RAXTI

RAXTU RAXTI  is a musical ensemble, well known in Latvija and many parts of the world, for their creative contemporary music, embracing the heart and soul of Latvian traditions with today’s modern music technology in an energy-filled professional stage production.

Raxtu Raxti have released 4 CD’s and each year perform a special concert on November 18th, celebrating Latvija’s independence.  Their most recent major event is the dance spectacle “Vēstījums rakstos”, featuring the drum and bagpipe ensemble Auli and over 1000 dancers.

Raxtu Raxti principal members are:

Kristīne Kārkle (vocals, violin, kokle)

Marts Kristiāns Kalniņš (vocals, harmonium, keyboards, oboe)

Kārlis Auzāns (cello, mandolin, guitar, bouzouki)

Edgars Kārklis (vocals, bagpipes, accordion, pipe)

Armands Treilihs (bass)

Artis Orubs (percussion)