The Closing Ceremony of the World Choir Games

The Closing Ceremony of the World Choir Games
Mārtiņš Otto, Riga 2014
The eighth World Choir Games will come to a close this weekend. The champions and medallists of the second week of the World Choir Games will be announced on the 18th and 19th of July, there will be two Champions Concerts, and the spectacular Closing Ceremony.

The World Choir Games master classes continue on Friday, the 18th of July, giving the participants a chance to meet with members of “The King’s Singers” vocal ensemble, conductor Robert Sund (Sweden), conductor and composer Cristians Grases (Germany), and Kirby Shaw who will tell the workshop participants about the power of singing and playing music just for fun.

Also on Friday, six Friendship Concerts will be performed on four open-air stages in the city: at the culture chalet “Esplanade 2014”, in Vērmanes Park, on the “Origo Summer Stage” and in the Botanical Garden of the University of Latvia. Choirs from China, Russia, Armenia, Romania, Latvia, Norway, the United States and other countries will participate in the concerts.

The remaining choir competitions will be held in such categories as contemporary music, popular choir music, folk music and folklore, mixed and men’s choirs.

The World Choir Games crafts fair in Vērmanes Park will continue on Friday and Saturday, where local craftsmen and farmers sell various handicrafts, applied art works, Latvian traditional cuisine products, books, music recordings and much more.

The first award ceremony of the second week of the World Choir games will be at the “Arena Riga” at 8 p.m. on Friday, the 18th of July, where the champions, medallists and diploma winners in the Open and Champions Competition will be awarded.

The second award ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, the 19th of July. Once the best choirs are awarded, it will be clear which choirs will perform in the two remaining Champions Concerts.

“The Closing Ceremony will be preceded by the award ceremony honouring the champions, and several concerts, and we hope very much that Latvian choirs will be successful,” Ilze Salna, the head of the World Choir Games’ Press Service, told the “Riga 2014” culture portal.

The World Choir Games will culminate in the Closing Ceremony Saturday night, when the Peace Bell will be rung again, and choirs from Latvia and other countries will perform for the audience.

The Closing Ceremony of the 8th World Choir Games will be opened by the World Choir Games combined youth choir conducted by Arvīds Platpers, together with soloists performing the music of different nations. Renārs Kaupers, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Mārtiņš Ozoliņš and the combined World Choir Games’ choir conducted by WCG Artistic Director Romāns Vanags will relive the Games in all their glory and musical diversity.

The Champions Concerts will be broadcast live on the Latvian Television’s Channel 7, whereas the Closing Ceremony will be aired live on the Latvian Television’s Channel 1. The World Choir Games concerts will also be broadcast by the Latvian Radio channel “Klasika”.
The past events of the World Choir Games can be viewed in the Latvian Television’s Archive on www.ltv.lv.

As reported, the World Choir Games in Riga will continue until the 19th of July. A full programme of the World Choir Games concerts and master classes is available on www.singriga.lv.

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