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The Latvian Radio Choir November 11 2012 in Toronto

From a media release:

Soundstreams presents:
November 11, 2012 at Koerner Hall
Concert to include selections from Rachmaninov’s Vespers and Schnittke’s Choral Concerto, 120 Canadian university choristers, and a world premiere by Ana Sokolovic.

Soundstreams continues its 30th anniversary season with The Latvian Radio Choir at Koerner Hall on November 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm. This epic choral event, conducted by Latvian Kaspars Putnins, features one of the world’s greatest chamber choirs joined by four university choirs from across Canada. The concert highlights classics from the Russian and Latvian repertoire, as well as two Canadian compositions including a world premiere. Thanks to the generosity of BMO Financial Group, nearly 100 tickets to this concert, and all 2012-2013 Soundstreams concerts, are available for just $20.

Hailed for their “precision and vibrato-free purity” (The Independent, London) the Latvian Radio Choir makes a rare Canadian appearance en route to their U.S. debut at Lincoln Centre. Their performance includes selections from Rachmaninov’s beloved Vespers, Part 1 of Schnittke’s monumental Choral Concerto, and works by contemporary Latvian composers Santa Ratneice and Peteris Vasks, as well as Canadian composer Nic Gotham. As part of Soundstreams bi-annual University Voices program, the Latvian Radio Choir is joined on stage by four of Canada’s best university choirs: University of Ottawa’s Calixa Lavallée Singers, University of Alberta’s Madrigal Singers, the University of Guelph Chamber Choir, and the University of Manitoba Chamber Choir. In addition to joining the Latvian Radio Choir for Vespers’ sixth movement and the Choral Concerto, the university choirs will perform works by Russian-American composer Lera Auerbach, Montreal-based Ana Sokolovic’s ASAP 4 SATB inspired by text messaging, and John Weinzweig’s hilarious Hockey Night in Canada.

The evening will begin with all five choirs performing John Cage’s Number Piece for four-part chorus, Four2. And in honour of Remembrance Day, actor Billy MacLellan will read an excerpt from CBC Radio’s award-winning drama, Afghanada.

The Latvian Radio Choir
Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 3:00 pm
Koerner Hall, TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, 273 Bloor St. W.
Kaspars Putnins, conductor
Latvian Radio Choir
Calixa Lavallée Singers, University of Ottawa
Madrigal Singers, University of Alberta
University of Guelph Chamber Choir
University of Manitoba Chamber Choir

John Cage: Four2
Lera Auerbach: Psalm 23, Psalm 130, Lullaby
Ana Sokolovic: ASAP 4 SATB (World Premiere)
John Weinzweig: Prisoner of Conscience
Nic Gotham: The Fool by the Roadside
Rachmaninov: selections from Vespers
Santa Ratneice: Horo horo hata hata
Alfred Schnittke: Concerto for Choir, Part I
Billy MacLellan: excerpt from Afghanada

Tickets range from $20-$65 and are available through The Royal Conservatory
Box Office at 416-408-0208 or online at

Georgy Sviridov "Ljubov svjataja" from radiokoris on Vimeo.


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