Just in time for Christmas! Liner notes with translated libretto now available online for Christmas Joy in Latvia, on Rolling Stone's list of 25 best Christmas albums, ever!
The New York Latvian Concert Choir, Ņujorkas latvieu koris, is a non-professional choral group based in Yonkers, New York, drawing its membership from the tri-state area. While our members are primarily of Baltic background, the calling of the Latvian musical spirit has beckoned others to join us as well!
Founded in 1975, our choir has been devoted to performing masterpieces of Latvian choral, operatic and symphonic literature, and traditional folk music. Our choir also regularly commissions and premiers new works by Latvian composers.
In the spring of 2015, we celebrated our founder and artistic director for 40 years, Andrejs Jansons, as
he conducted us for the last time as our musical mentor and guide. Andrejs has retired to devote
more time to family—we are proud and privileged to carry on the tradition and musical family
he created under long time choir member, musician, and former assistant artistic director, Laura Padega Zamura.
Our choir first traveled to Latvia during the Soviet occupation. Since Baltic independence we have returned to Latvia numerous times to perform and to record. We also regularly participate in the Latvian "Dziesmu Svētki", or Song Festivals, held in Latvia and abroad.
The 2017-2018 season marks our 42nd.
Updated: December, 2017
The New York Latvian Concert Choir, Inc. is a non-profit organization conducting a yearly workshop and performance program emphasizing Latvian cultural, linguistic, and ethnic heritage. Our activities are supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts. For more information on our concert schedule, recordings, or to join, Email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org