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Mariss Jansons and State Choir "Latvija" to perform in Munich

11.10.2011

The State Choir "Latvija" has departed for Munich, Germany, to perform Gustav Mahler's 8th Symphony, conducted by Mariss Jansons, at the Cultural Center "Gasteig" on October 13 and 14, as LETA was informed by the choir's producer Ieva Vitina.

This year, the choir has performed more than 20 times at the most renowned concert venues in the world in New York, Moscow, Athens, Hamburg, Lucerne, Brussels and other cities in concerts that gathered thousands of listeners. They include Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, "Concertgebouw" Philharmonic in Amsterdam and "Laeiszhalle" Concert Hall in Hamburg.

The choir's management says that  the most remarkable concerts by “Latvija” have been conducted by fellow Latvian Mariss Jansons. The choir met the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in March this year and will be working together with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra this week. Artistic director and principal conductor of both orchestras is Jansons.

Honoring the rendition of Mahler's 8th Symphony, Jansons has assembled an outstanding team of artists. Among the performers will be the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Choir, Toluca Boys Choir and a number of bright soloists, such as Christine Brewer, Twyla Robinson, Anna Prohaska, Janina Baechle, Mihiko Fujimura, Michael Volle and Johan Botha.

The first performance of Mahler's 8th Symphony also took place in Munich in 1910. Afterwards, Mahler himself said that "this was the greatest thing he had ever done."

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