The Latvian Radio Choir

Sunday, November 11, 2012
Event Title: The Latvian Radio Choir
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  • Venue / Location: Toronto
  • Time: 5:51pm
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One of the world’s greatest chamber choirs makes a rare Canadian appearance in an epic concert celebration of the human voice and spirit.

Appearing in Toronto just prior to its U.S. debut at Lincoln Center, the Latvian Radio Choir is joined by 120 choristers from universities across Canada. Featuring classics from the Russian and Latvian repertoire—Rachmaninov’s beloved Vespers and Part 1 of Schnittke’s monumental Concerto for Choir —the program also showcases two Canadian composers: John Weinzweig and Ana Sokolovic, who will be premiering a new piece. With more than 150 singers on stage, this epic event will both exhilarate the senses and stir the soul.

Pre-Concert Chat – 2:00 pm
Canadian composer Ana Sokolovic discusses her new choral work ASAP 4 SATB, to be premiered by the Latvian Radio Choir.

Kaspars Putnins, conductor
Latvian Radio Choir
Calixa Lavallee Singers, University of Ottawa
Madrigal Singers, University of Alberta
University of Guelph Chamber Choir
University of Manitoba Chamber Choir

John Cage: Four2 (1990)
Nic Gotham: The Fool by the Roadside (1999)
Santa Ratniece: Horo horo hata hata (2008)
Ana Sokolovic: ASAP 4 SATB (World Premiere)
John Weinzweig: Prisoner of Conscience (1985)
Lera Auerbach: Psalm 23 (1999), Psalm 130 (1999), Lullaby (2002)
Rachmaninov: Selections from All Night Vigil (Vespers) (1915)
Alfred Schnittke: Choral Concerto (1984)

PLUS: In honour of Remembrance Day, actor Billy MacLellan will read an excerpt from CBC Radio's award-winning drama, Afghanada.