Riga Receives the Flag of the World Choir Games
Alongside USA celebrities, the Latvian Voices vocal ensemble also took to the stage at the gala concert of the Cincinnati Games. The audience cheered at the girls like true stars – they were truly noticed and welcomed. After the performance by Latvian Voices, the many thousands of listeners could once again see the video for “My Song” by Ēriks Ešenvalds. The song, with lyrics by Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, is to be the anthem of the Riga Games in 2014. During the performance, the audience sang along, holding a souvenir of the Riga Games in their hand – a fan with the lyrics of the song, as well as an image of the Mežaparks Song Festival Stage and an invitation to sing together in Riga in 2014. Overall, 10,000 such souvenirs were handed out in the streets and concert halls of Cincinnati during these days.
Meeting with Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs, Minister of Culture Žaneta Jaunzeme-Grende and head of Foundation Rīga 2014 Diāna Čivle, Cincinnati mayor Mark Mallory shared his experiences and congratulated Riga with the great opportunities provided by such a major international event. The organizers estimate that the Choir Games have brought an economic impact of 73.5 million dollars to Cincinnati. However, as the city administration acknowledge – the true value of these 11 days cannot be expressed in dollars and cents.
“We realized once more how important it is for the city’s institutions and residents to work as a team. The coordinated nature of activities was felt at every step of the Choir Games,” Diāna Čivle stated approvingly. “Now it is our time to start work on the 2014 World Choir Games in Riga together.”
Singers and choir conductors from around the world have expressed serious interest in the next World Choir Games, to be held in two years in Riga, the 2014 European Capital of Culture. As President of Interkultur Management, Günter Titsch, said in his speech: “We won’t have to bring choirs, singing skills or song festivals to Latvia, since it has it all already. What Riga will gain from the World Choir Games is great joy and fantastic emotions for the singers, experiencing an unseen diversity of performances from around the world.”
The representatives from Latvia enjoyed great success at the World Choir Games, which closed on July 14 in the USA city of Cincinnati. Both Latvian choirs received high marks in the choir competition shows, and Riga gained wide attention as the host of the next Games. Sōla, choir of the Latvian Academy of Culture, received three gold medals in the competition, while the Latvian Voices vocal ensemble earned one gold medal and a champion title.
Organizers of the World Choir Games – the German company Interkultur - indicated that this was the first time in the history of the event they have seen such great interest in the next Games. Currently, 22 choirs from Venezuela, Columbia, Austria, the Czech Republic and the USA have already signed up to take part in the World Choir Games in Riga.
Riga 2014 World Choir Games home page www.2014worldchoirgames.com