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LATVIAN VOICES presents the Advent concert program “Little Christmas Melancholia”

The splendid vocal group Latvian Voices invites you to come to Ogre St. Maynard Catholic Church on November 27th where the first concert of the Advent tour Little Christmas Melancholia will take place.

"Sadness - this difficult-to-overcome state of mind - not always is connected with something negative! During the time before Christmas most of us tend to hear their inner voices a bit clearer and spend more time thinking about things that really and genuinely matter thus succumbing to a state of light and resigned longing. But isn't this elevated sadness the process that brings us towards a new meeting with joy? Isn't this the longing that shows us even clearer what true happiness is?!" In this moment one could agree to pastor and writer Juris Rubenis who said: "Happiness is not wise. Sadness is."

The concert program Little Christmas Melancholia will introduce the listeners to new compositions made by the singers of the group (for example, Totari by Laura Jekabsone) as well as offer the opportunity to recognize traditional Christmas melodies intertwined with Latvian folk music and Winter solstice traditions. "During the eight years of groups' existence we have gathered a lot to say in the lyrics of our songs and in our original music. This tour will be like a summary of our years together because this will be the first time the group tours in Latvia and not somewhere abroad during Advent and Christmas time. We have also included in the program ancient Advent melodies combined with our own musical ideas - a meeting of the traditional and modern. Of course also the texts from folklore with our melodies will be an essential part of the concerts."

Well known Christmas melodies will be sung to give the audience a light and elevated feeling when going out of the concert. Concerts will include songs like "What Child Is This?", "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel", "Totari", "Kalado", "Little Sad Christmas", "See Amid The Winter's Snow" etc. The producer of the new program is Paula Plavniece and the visual design is in the hands of  Mārcis Ziemiņš.


It needs to be said that Latvian Voices will tour in a slightly different member line-up than usually because, as Laura says with a smile: "this sort of situation is inevitable in female groups. We can change the members but the brand and quality stays the same." This is why in stead of up-coming mothers - mezzo soprano Elina Ose (Smukste) and first soprano Nora Vitina - together with Latvian Voices will perform Music Academy student Dita Belicka and Beate Locika who is an active member of chamber choir "Kamer...".

Concert venues:

November 27th 19:30 Ogre St. Maynard Catholic Church
December 4th 19:00 Jelgava St. Ann Ev. Lutheran Church
December 11th 17:00 Kuldiga St. Ann Ev. Lutheran Church
December 18th 18:00 Valmiera St. Simeon Ev. Lutheran Church
December 20th 18:00 Riga Torņkalns Ev. Lutheran Church

Tickets available at the cash desks of „Biļešu Padarīze” and here: http://www.bilesuparadize.lv

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