The Dzintari Concert Hall Winterfest Finale on January 7 at 19:00 coincides with the date when the Orthodox Christian world celebrates Christmas. Led by conductor Sigvards Kļava, the Latvian Radio Choir will perform the programme Orthodox Prayers and Chants. The sacred music performances of the Latvian Radio Choir and Sigvards Kļava have always deeply moved the hearts of audiences in both Latvia and abroad, earning high praise from such prestigious periodicals as Gramophone, The Guardian and others.
The proramme will contain sacred choral works from Valentin Silvestrov, Krzysztof Penderecki and Georgs Pelēcis. In his music, the living Ukrainian classic Valentin Silvestrov is a master of poetic transparency. The motto of his art is "Let there be melancholy - it comes about when the soul meets eternity." Silvestrov's musical language is close to Renaissance with its simplicity and ethereal nature, and his choral works are the best showcase for the composer's unique sense of beauty and intricacy of sound. In his sacred choir works, the Latvian master Georgs Pelēcis preaches the beauty of sound, humbleness, contemplation of the positive and a longing for the ideal. And in the Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki's religious choir compositions, one can sense an internal confession, the power of a revelation, and the ability to see mercy in suffering, which is strongly portrayed in his dramatic Song Of Cherubim.