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Outstanding musicians in the Riga Dome lineup for the Christmas holidays


Riga Dome Cathedral wthout a doubt is the centerpiece of the architectural wonders of Old Town, one of the oldest places of worship in Latvia. Its superlative acoustics have made it a favoured venue for sacred and classical music. Euphoria or meditative inner peace – both can be found here at a concert of your choosing.

Awaiting the birth of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and heralding Christmas joy, the avant-garde male vocal group known as “Instrumenti” /Latvia/ will be live in concert in Riga Dome Cathedral for three nights, December 15-17.

You will not want to miss the opportunity to hear this spellbinding combo as it returns to its roots – classical  music.

Tickets for the concerts in Riga Dome, and in other cities:

December 18 will bring another must-experience holiday concert – a  plea to see and hear the eternal flame via nocturnal prayer, as provided by the Latvian Radio Choir and its concert programme - “Nakts lūgšana”. Here the Cathedral will resound with music by Tchaikovsky, under the musical direction of Sigvards Kļava.


Christmas mood varies, and the right music is a  key element. December 19 in Riga Dome @ 19 – a concert of sacral music - Puer Natus”, with a top-notch lineup featuring selections by Louis Claude Daquin, Jean Langlais and Charles Tournemire. And the peroformers: Liene Andreta Kalnciema at the organ and the vocal group “Schola Cantorum Riga”, conducted by Guntars Prānis. Gregorian chants will also be heard.

Pre-concert purchase at the Dome box office M-S, 10-17, or 1 hour before concert. EUR 7; EUR 10; EUR 15.

A “Christmas Prelude” awaits you on December 20, expected to be one of the highlights of the season. The names Inese Galante and Sergejs Jēgers on the bill signal just how magical this concert will be. Add the renowned “Prometheus Quartett” /Germany/, and you have a “Christmas Prelude” not to be missed. And that's not all. Take pleasure in the violin wunderkind Daniil Bulayev, the J.Mediņš School of Music Boys' Choir (Romāns Vanags, conductor) and organ virtuoso Aivars Kalējs.


Counter-tenor Sergejs Jēgers will entertain again on Christmas Day, December 25th, in the Cathedral at the concert titled “Ave Maria”. He will be joined by Diāna Jaunzeme /organ/, Guna Šnē /cello/ and Egīls Upatnieks /oboe/ in a programme of Handel, Caccini, Purcell, Franck, Saint-Saens.

This concert is part of the annual “European Christmas” series.

For more on the festival's concerts and ticket availability:

The 2014 seasonal concerts in Riga Dome Cathedral will have their grand finale December 26 @  19, with focus on the jewel of the Cathedral – the pipe organ. “Baltā saulgriežu nakts”/”White Solstice Night” has a cast of first rate Latvian musicians mastering the instrument: Ilona Birģele, Larisa Carjkova, Liene Andreta Kalnciema, Ilva Lempa, Digna Markule, Inese Paiča and Iveta Pelše.

Pre-concert purchase at the Dome box office M-S, 10-17, or 1 hour before concert. EUR 7; EUR 10; EUR 15.

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