Kamer... in Concert
Date: February 23, 2011
Location: New York, USA
Choir type: Professional Choirs
KAMER... in Concert
Saturday, March 19 at 8 pm
Youth Choir Kamer...
Māris Sirmais, conductor
Sky with four suns - John Luther Adams
Grezna saule debesīs - Raimonds Pauls
Comme un arbuste - Bjørn Andor Drage
Knowee - Stephen Leek
Imet loomas päikesele - Urmas Sissask
Neišeik Saulala - Vytautas Miškinis
Māte Saule - Peteris Vasks
Da Pacem Domine - Arvo Pārt
O Salutaris - Ēriks Ešenvalds
Es tevi mīlēšu - Arturs Maskats
Lay a Garland - Lucas Pearsall
Zīles ziņa - P. Vasks
Amazing Grace - American trad./ arr. by Ēriks Ešenvalds
A Drop in the Ocean - Ēriks Ešenvalds
Park Avenue Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
1010 Park Avenue at 85th Street
New York, NY 10028
Tickets may be purchased at the door or purchased at www.SmartTix.com
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Arts at The Park information: (212) 288-3246 (x300)
Widely considered one of the greatest amateur choirs in the world, Kamēr... is a collective of 36 young vocalists from Riga, Latvia whose members range in age from sixteen to thirty. The choir has earned top honors in dozens of international competitions and is renowned for a distinctively bright, clear vocal sound derived from the traditional choral style of the Baltic region. This unique vocal style, coupled with a reputation for world-class musicianship, have led to collaborations with some of Europe’s leading composers and performers, including Gidon Kremer, Arvo Pärt, Sofia Gubaidulina and Giya Kancheli.
In recent years, Kamēr... has expanded its repertoire by commissioning new works from leading composers in the Baltic region and around the world. The program at Park Avenue Christian Church on March 19 — the second of two New York performances by the choir — features works written for Kamēr... by leading Baltic composers, including Peteris Vasks, Urmas Sissask and Arvo Pärt, alongside the US premiere of a work commissioned by the choir from the Alaska-based experimentalist
composer John Luther Adams.
Kamēr... was founded in 1991, just as the Latvian Soviet regime began to crumble, with the aim of providing a fresh start for the many talented young musicians who had previously been relegated to state-run community choirs. From the very first performances amidst the chaos of regime change and economic crisis, founder and conductor Māris Sirmais placed an emphasis on reviving and preserving the vibrant, emotionally-charged style of the Latvian choral tradition. Although choir members are unpaid, expectations are rigorous: hundreds of young people audition for just a few spots each year, and every member of the choir meets twice per week with a private vocal coach, in addition to attending upwards of eight hours of weekly rehearsal. The result of this passion and rigor is an astounding level of musical skill and commitment.