Balsis choir sets three-nation European tour

The award-winning Latvian youth choir Balsis, directed by Agita Ikauniece and Ints Teterovskis, is set to perform nine concerts in 10 days as it tours France, Germany and Switzerland from Sept. 6-15.

Formed in 1989, the choir has performed 1,189 concert in 17 countries, according to the choir’s manager, Sanda Katkeviča.

On this tour, concerts are scheduled Sept. 6 in Nordstemmen, Germany; Sept. 8 in Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Urrugne, both in France; Sept. 10 in Ascona, Switzerland; Sept. 12 in Zurich, Switzerland; Sept. 13 in Zumikon, Switzerland, and Sept. 15 in Passau, Germany.

The concert program includes compositions by Javier Busto, Emils Dārziņš, Vytautis Miskinis, Arvo Pärt, Uģis Prauliņš, Joseph Reinberger, Urmas Sisask, John Taverner and Eric Whitacre, as well as arrangements of Latvian folk songs.

For further information about the choir, visit

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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