Song and Dance Festival
Rigai 800

   Dziesmu rota Rigai - Concert of choirs of Riga
in the Riga Latvian Society House

Concert of the most excellent women's and men's choirs of Riga - Dziesmu rota Rīgai (Songs for Riga) - will take place in the Big Hall of the Riga Latvian Society House on July 25 at 7.p.m. 

This is an idea of our excellent conductors - Professor Edgars Račevskis and docent Jānis Zirnis. Many women's and men's choirs of Latvia have been praised in international contests and we all thought that these choirs should be given possibility to show themselves in a program that would be specially created for them and that would display development of music over the century. There will be nine choirs from Riga participating in this concert - four women's choirs and five men's choirs, namely: National Men's Choir of the Riga Latvian Society House (conductor Edgars Račevskis), women's choir of the Riga Latvian Society House AUSMA (Jānis Zirnis), men's choir ABSOLVENTI from the Culture and Recreation Centre IMANTA (Arvīds Platpers), women's choir DZINTARS (Aira Birziņa), men's choir TĒVZEME from the Culture and Folk Art Centre RITUMS (Andris Jansons), women's choir SKANDA (Alda Šeļegovska), men's choir FRACHORI from the Culture and Folk Art Centre MAZĀ ĢILDE (Andrejs Mūrnieks), Riga Technical University women's choir DELTA (Inta Eizenberga-Cērmane) and men's choir GAUDEAMUS (Ivars Cinkuss). Every choir will perform two songs individually, but there will also be collective singing. Repertoire includes works by classical composers - Jurjānu Andrejs, Jāzeps Vītols, Emīls Dārziņš, Jēkabs Graubiņš, Helmers Pavasars, as well as songs of contemporary authors - Imants Kalniņš, Selga Mence, Ilze Arne and Andris Vecumnieks. After the concert, at 9:30p.m., the choirs will give a short performance near the Freedom Monument, where corresponding repertoire will be presented. The program will include National Anthem Dievs, svētī Latviju! and such compositions as Pie tēvu zemes dārgās by Emīls Dārziņš and Daugav' abas malas by Jānis Norvilis.

Daina Raituma
Publication Dziesmusvētki, #3, 2001, page 3. 

Translated by Nanete Neimane