Komponists Tigrans Mansurjans | Photo © Eduard Tadevosyan

The Latvian Radio Choir and the Sinfonietta Rīga orchestra will perform Requiem by the Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian. The concert will take place on March 1 at the Church of St John in Rīga, and it will be conducted by Sigvards Kļava. The composer will honour the performance by attending the concert.

The multi-media performance "Patterns of Light" will tell a contemporary story about where modern Latvians an find strength, about our country in which we create every living moment, and about the cultural breath that we receive from previous generations and translate it into a modern tone that we present to our children.

While some like to feel the sun in our local rehearsaling place in Riga close to river Daugava, we have a preference to taste other culture acoustics and gastronomy.

For a quarter-century the artistic director of Latvian Radio Choir is conductor Sigvards Kļava – he is the driving force who has brought the choir to the heights of professionalism, and under his leadership the choir has become one of the few collectives that has a say over the future development of the choir music genre in the world. Awaiting Latvia's centenary, Sigvards Kļava has dreamed up a monumental project: “Latvian Crown” will consist of four different concert series tuning in to the heritage and characteristics of each region of Latvia, involving the local residents and traditions.

Latvian Radio Choir, folk musicians from Latgale and priests have come together in this concert show created by conductor Sigvards Kļava, director Inese Mičule and video artist Katrīna Neiburga. In the close-up – the local people, their values and the God Almighty. Sounds and images that testify of Latgalian resilience, from which the locals have drawn their strength in the past and continue to do so in the present.