The 57th Australian Latvian Arts Festival welcomes dynamic male choir “Gaudeamus”.
The 57th Australian Latvian Arts Festival organising committee is delighted to announce that Riga Technical University male choir “Gaudeamus” will be participating at the Festival in Adelaide this December. The Riga Technical University male choir was formed in 1959 and is widely regarded as Latvia’s leading male choir. The choir’s artistic director and widely recognised conductor is Ivars Cinkus. Ivars Cinkus regards Australia, and especially Melbourne as his second home. Ivars is an outstanding conductor and in 2005 he was awarded the prestigious Riga Town Hall choir music prize for his outstanding work with the choir.
Gaudeamus has an outstanding and impressive performance repertoire having performed more than 800 concerts worldwide including Europe, Australia, South Africa and China. They have performed at some outstanding world class events including “Musik Verein” in Vienna and at some significant venues including The Forbidden City Concert hall in Beijing.
Since 1989 the choir has actively participated in many choral competitions worldwide and have been awarded many outstanding prizes and awards including a gold medal at the World Choir Games in 2006 in China. At the World Choir Games in 2014 in Riga Latvia the choir was awarded a gold medal in the male choir category and the Champion title.
Gaudemus has also collaborated with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. Their last collaboration was the concert version Ludwig van Beethoven’s opera Fidelio. Since 1999 the choir has regularly collaborated with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra performing many male choir specific choral works. In the past year some of Gaudeamus outstanding recitals have included Luigi Cherubini’s Requiem in D minor; the inaugural recital in Latvia of Kurt Weill’s 1928 Berlin Requiem; Janis Lusens world premiere of the vocal symphonic piece ‘”Magnificat” and the inaugural recital in Latvia of Johannes Brahms 1868 cantata “”Rinaldo””.
Gaudeamus will be performing their own concert in Adelaide during the 57th Australian Latvian Arts Festival as well as participating at the Opening Concert on the 26th December and the Combined Choir Concert at Elder Hall on December 30th. For the Combined Choir Concert, Gaudeamus will be joined by the Adelaide Men’s Choir “Daugava”, Melbourne Men’s Choir “Veseris” and The Sydney Latvian Men’s Choir. The Combined Choir Concert has always been a crowd favourite at every Australian Latvian Arts Festival because of the outstanding choir singing by the participants.
Information about the 57th Australian Latvian Arts Festival can found at our official website: alkd.org.au.
The Festival organising committee looks forward to seeing you at the Gaudeamus concert at this year’s Latvian Arts Festival.
Rudis Dancis, 57th Australian Latvian Arts Festival Director