The Singers of Sōla and Latvian Voices to be Ambassadors
This year, over 15,000 singers from 75 countries will gather in Cincinnati. A total of 370 choirs will compete in 23 different categories. The Sōla choir and Latvian Voices will take part in competitions in several categories. The World Choir Games is the world’s largest choral singing event, bringing together choral music leaders from around the world to celebrate and promote the choral music traditions of each participating country.
To begin active preparation for the next Choir Games, which – as already reported – will take place in 2014 as part of Riga’s year as European Capital of Culture, a team from Foundation Rīga 2014 are also heading to Cincinatti. Its aim is to introduce Riga as the next venue of the World Choir Games, as well as to gain experience helpful for the organization of the Games in Riga, when the city will host over 20,000 singers from around the world, bringing joy to choral music fans throughout Latvia. The World Choir Games will be one of the most significant events on the European Capital of Culture programme, creating great international resonance.
During the Games, the Sōla choir and the a capella vocal group Latvian Voices will be ambassadors of Riga – European Capital of Culture 2014, taking part in events presenting Riga and Latvia to choir conductors and the council of the World Choir Games, made up of authorities on choral music from 80 countries. The representatives of Rīga 2014 will join the singers at a special Riga stand, created as a meeting place for choir singers from around the world – holding an improvised libary and showing films about Riga, Latvia, and the Song Festival tradition.
Latvian Minister of Culture Žaneta Jaunzeme-Grende and Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs will also visit the USA. They have a meeting planned with the Mayor of Cincinnati, Mark Mallroy, President of the German Interkultur (organizers of the World Choir Games) Günter Titsch, and media representatives.
Riga 2014 World Choir Games home page www.2014worldchoirgames.com