On 25th May 2015 (7 pm) one of the best European amateur choirs, Youth Choir "Kamēr...", will celebrate its 25th year anniversary with a beautiful concert at the Latvian National opera for their faithful audience.
Three newly commissioned opuses by composers Ēriks Ešenvalds, Raimonds Tiguls and Gabriel Jackson will be performed. Choir's artistic director and principle conductor is Jānis Liepiņš, however, in this concert the choir will sing under the baton of several conductors who have begun their way into choral music either as conductors, choir masters or singers of "Kamēr..." - firstly, of course, the founder and long-standing director and conductor of the choir Māris Sirmais, as well as assistant conductors Ainārs Rubiķis, Inita Kamarūte, Mārtiņš Ozoliņš, Aivis Greters and former singers Līga Celma, Artūrs Ancāns and Kaspars Ādamsons.
Speaking about the event, Jānis Liepiņš shares, "In the anniversary concert, by means of inviting these composers and conductors, we want to show what we have become during all these years, always working as a close team. We have marked three main directions - "Kamēr..." as a contemporary a capella performer, "Kamēr..." as a scenic, moving and singing body and "Kamēr..." as a partner to various orchestras, groups and soloists. One will hear a bit of all this in the concert."
The stage director of the concert will be Rēzija Kalniņa.
Youth choir "Kamēr..." was founded in 1990 by the world-famous choral conducting master Māris Sirmais, who was leading the group until 2012, when he bestowed the position to his former student and long-term co-worker Jānis Liepiņš. Liepiņš is the principal conductor and artistic director of the choir until this day. Since the establishment, "Kamēr..." has become one of the most vivid and interesting singing amateur choirs, both thanks to brilliantly polished vocal skills (coaches Aina Bajāre and Ansis Sauka) and repertoire, which has always consisted largely of new commissions and collaborations with Latvian and international composers. The choir has participated in numerous international festivals and received countless prizes in contests, including Grands Prix in Latvian National Song and Dance Festival, Latvian Great Music Awards and twice the prestigious European Grand Prix for Choral Singing (2004, 2013).
Several hundreds of young singers have been part of the choir's story and each of them has become musically more open, rich and knowledgeable. The ellipsis that is encoded in its name, "Kamēr...", indicates the possibilities and longevity - we are young, so we sing!