15,000 Choir Singers in a concert in Mežaparks

15,000 Choir Singers in a concert in Mežaparks
Kaspars Garda, Riga2014
The World Choir Games’ largest concert will be on the Mežaparks Open-Air Stage at 9 p.m. on Sunday, the 13th of July, where 10,000 Latvian singers will be joined by 5,000 choir singers from around the world. This time, besides songs from the classical Song Festival repertoire, the choir will also perform opera and gospel music, and other popular melodies for the audience to sing along to.

In the evening of the 13th of July, closing the first part of the World Choir Games, the combined world choir will perform at the Mežaparks Open-Air Stage, the venue for the Latvian Song Festival where the best Latvian choirs perform together every five years. Participants in the concert have been preparing for it for more than six months, going to regular rehearsals in various part of the world, so during the concert they could perform music from different continents and in different languages, yet united by the understanding that music can bring nations and cultures together. This is the first time so many singers from around the globe perform in Mežaparks to experience, together with the Latvian choirs, the very special feeling that we almost consider to be part of our genetic code.

Almost a thousand choir singers from other countries will be performing for almost the entire concert as they have learned the multiple Latvian songs included in the concert’s programme, whereas the rest of the foreign guests will join the final part of the concert to sing Mārtiņš Brauns’ “Saule, Pērkons, Daugava” (Sun, Thunder, Daugava) and Ēriks Ešenvalds’ “My Song”, the official song of the 8th World Choir Games.

The World Choir Games’ Great Celebration Concert in Mežaparks will also feature the expressive Japanese percussion group “Yamato, Drummers of Japan”, Professional Symphonic Band Riga, Maestro Raimonds Pauls, post-folklore group “Iļģi”, bagpipe and percussion ensemble “Auļi”, Kristaps Krievkalns with his band, Mārtiņš Brauns, Intars Busulis, Laima Jansone and other Latvian musicians.

Tickets to the concert, EUR 10 to EUR 50, are available from “Biļešu Paradīze” outlets and online shop.

The World Choir Games is the largest choir music festival in the world, which this year brings 460 choirs from 73 countries on five continents, or a total of 27,000 choir singers, to Riga. The idea of the World Choir Games is to bring people together through singing in peaceful competition. For ten days, from the 9th to the 19th of July, competitions in 29 categories will be held in Riga concert halls and parks, as well as master classes and seminars, special concerts and friendship concerts, the Parade of Nations and much, much more. The World Choir Games are hosted biennially since 2000. The Games in Riga are organised by the “Riga 2014” foundation in co-operation with the German cultural organisation INTERKULTUR.

“Lattelecom”, the official partner of the “Riga 2014” Programme, ensures technological support for the “Riga 2014” events, including free WiFi. The technologies offered by “Lattelecom” make it possible to bring cultural values to the general public and to involve everyone in the unique cultural life of the city. There are almost 1,000 free WiFi zones in Riga, making the city Europe’s free WiFi capital. Additional WiFi zones have been set up at the World Choir Games concert venues for the convenience of participants in the event – near the Vērmanes Park’s stage, Olympic Sports Centre, Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, the Great Guild Hall, and, for the Great Celebration Concert on the 13th of July, at the Mežaparks Open-Air Stage. 

ERGO, the official insurer of the European Capital of Culture events, provides event cancellation insurance for the World Choir Games concerts. This is a novelty for Latvia, meant to ensure that concert goers, performers and organisers may feel safe for their investment and contribution, and enjoy the occasion without worrying about bad weather or any other disturbances.

“Audi” and “Volkswagen” provide transport services for the “Riga 2014” and the World Choir Games organisers.

For more information, please visit the website of the World Choir Games and the “Interkultur” website.

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