A Rich Tradition
This year's concert marks the 69th year since the first Latvian Baptist choral concert in the US on March 5, 1950 in New York City. This concert grew into an annual event, which involves singers from Latvian Baptist churches in the United States and Canada.
The primary mission of the local choirs is to serve in the musical programs of their respective churches. It is at this annual concert that they have an opportunity to participate in the performance of larger and more demanding works primarily from the classical sacred repertoire of Latvian and Latvian Baptist composers.
The chamber choir, which performed for the first time in 1982 as a youth choir, explores a different avenue of sacred music - mainly that of contemporary Christian composers. The founding of this smaller choir and its incorporation into the larger choir structure brought continuity and new life into this concert event. This blessing of older and newer voices has continued to be one of the reasons for this event's success. This year the chamber choir will not perform separately.
Presently combined choir is composed of singers from choirs and smaller ensembles from Boston, Quakertown, Chicago, Philadelphia, Grand Rapids, Cleveland, and Toronto, with other individual singers from across the continent.
This Year's CONCERT
This year's concert event will take place at 12:00 PM ET on Sunday, April 29, 2018, at St. John's Evangelical Latvian Lutheran Church, 200 Balmoral Avenue, Toronto, ON M4V 1J6 (St. Clair Ave West and Avenue Rd area).
This year's concert will feature the concert choir performing an entirely Latvian composer program, including works by Viktors Baštiks,
Arvīds Purvs, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Jānis Lūsēns, Oskars Šepskis, Andrējs Jurjāns, Pēteris Vasks.
The concert will also feature a meditation by the Rev. Dr. Uldis E. Ukstiņš, president of the Union of Latvian Baptists in America.
The concert will be followed by a banquet in the St. John's Church fellowship hall. Banquet tickets are $30/person, and only available by advance purchase. Please contact Vaira Gertners by email for banquet tickets: