SAF 2005 - State Choir "Latvija"


Singapore Arts Festival 2005


~ The Season of Brilliance ~


26 May – 26 June




State Choir “Latvija” (Latvia) 

Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Maris Sirmais



 : 5 June, 4pm


:: Victoria Concert Hall

 Tickets  : $42, $32, $21, $16
 Duration  : 100 minutes (with intermission)


“They are not mere singers, but rather an excellent ensemble with true musicians, which distinguishes them from many similar choirs.” - Conductor Arvo Volmer, Estonia


The highly anticipated and acclaimed State Choir “Latvija” returns to the Singapore Arts Festival with a one-night only, full-length concert.  They present a captivating a cappella programme of well-known sacred choral works by classical music composers, such as Anton Bruckner’s Ave Maria and Rachmaninov’s Vesperes, as well as works of contemporary composers from the Baltic region.  The choir performed Gustav Mahler’s 8th Symphony with the Singapore Symphony Orchestra at the Singapore Arts Festival last year.


Quintessential to the 35-member Choir’s repertoire are large-scale compositions that range from oratories, cantatas to symphonies and concert performances of operas.  Layered upon this foundation are extensive a cappella programmes as well as compositions for the chorus and organ.  In recent years, the Choir has also expanded its repertoire with a special emphasis to Latvian compositions.


Founded in 1942, the Choir is Latvia’s largest professional choir today.  It has toured extensively throughout Europe and collaborated with several of the world’s leading symphony orchestras, including those from Israel, Germany and Lithuania.  Adding to its illustrious career, The State Choir “Latvija” has also teamed up with several renowned conductors, such as Kurt Masur, Mariss Jansons and Zubin Mehta, in many successful large-scale productions.


Prior to the arresting evening they will present at the Singapore Arts Festival, the Choir will appear in Singapore Dance Theatre with Marie-Claude Pietragalla’s world premiere of Stravinsky Dances.  The Choir sings in Les Noces with music provided by pianists Shane Thio, Lim Yan, Eleanor Tan and Beatrice Lin, and percussionists, under the baton of Lim Yau, Resident Conductor of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Singapore Symphony Chorus.  This joint performance is on 3 and 4 June, 8pm at the Esplanade Theatre.


Please refer to the attached annexes for more information: 


  • Programme
  • Biography of Maris Sirmais 
  • Profile of the State Choir “Latvija” (Latvia)