Known around the world for its “miraculously cohesive sound” (Guardian, U.K.) and imaginative programs, the Latvian Radio Choir returns to the White Light Festival for a luminous evening of a cappella music. Pairing transcendent Mahler with contemporary Latvian composers and a beautiful meditation by visionary Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, the choir moves seamlessly between Latvian, Old Slavonic, Tibetan, German, and English texts to illuminate a universal yearning for inner peace.
Conductor Sigvards Kļava about the program: " The Distant Light - yearning for this radiance is the driving force behind the concert program. While on their Quest for Light, every creative personality, especially composers, have always searched for the most essential and effective medium for them – be it prayer, meditation, daydreaming or something else. That is the reason behind today’s musical choice, and that’s why it is Mahler, who more than anyone else has sensed the mighty vertical of this force and has chosen this as the focal element of his creative work. The calm and atmospheric feel will certainly contribute to the unified, continuous flow of the program."