On the North American tour will be (from left) tenor Miervaldis Jenčs, composer and pianist Juris Kulakovs, tenor Nauris Puntulis and Guntars Ruņģis. (Publicity photo)
The Latvian Three Tenors (Trīs tenori), who include Latvian National Opera soloists Miervaldis Jenčs, Nauris Puntulis and Guntars Ruņģis, will join composer and pianist Juris Kulakovs in a month-long tour of the United States and Canada beginning Aug. 22, the cultural organization TILTS has announced.
The trio will marks its fifth North American tour with a concert program titled “Bel ami.” The program will include both classical opera works and modern songs.
The first part of the program will focus on the 1930s and will feature popular opera arias and compositions by Jānis Kalniņš, as well as operettas and songs from films. The second part of the program will feature Latvian folk songs arranged by Kulakovs such as “Strauja, strauja upe tecēj,” “Gara gara šī naksniņa” and “Toļi dzeivuj muna meilo.”
Performances are set:
- Aug. 22 in New York at 7:30 p.m. during the 3X3 culture camp at the Latvian Lutheran Camp near Elka Park in the Catskills. For further information, visit www.3x3katskilos.info.
- Aug. 23 in New Jersey at the Latvian Center Priedaine, 1017 Highway 33 East, Freehold. For further information, contact Jānis Students, +1 (732) 836-9750.
- Aug. 29 in New York at 5 p.m. in the Latvian Ev.-Lutheran Church, 4 Riga Lane, Melville. For further information, contact Aija Pelše at +1 (516) 935-0967. The concert is organized by the Latvian National Opera Guild.
- Aug. 30 in Massachusetts at 1 p.m. in the “Trimda” Latvian Ev.-Lutheran Church, 58 Irving St., Brookline. For further information, contact Jānis Bībelnieks at +1 (781) 326-5085.
- Sept. 2 in Québec in the Latvian Community Centre, 3955 Provost, Lachine. For further information, contact A. Vītols at +1 (514) 637-9702.
- Sept. 4 in Ontario at 7 p.m. in the Latvian Canadian Cultural Centre, 4 Credit Union Drive, Toronto. For further information, contact Agra Vāgnere at +1 (416) 236-7074.
- Sept. 6 in Ohio at 7 p.m. in the United Latvian Ev.-Lutheran Church, 1385 Andrews Ave, Lakewood. For further information, contact Anda Cook at +1 (216) 651-0486.
- Sept. 8 in Michigan in the St. Paul Latvian Ev. Luth. Church of Detroit, 30623 W. 12 Mile Road, Farmington Hills. For further information, contact Līga Jēkabsone at +1 (734) 426-8488.
- Sept. 9 in Michigan at 7 p.m. in the The Union Cabaret & Grille, 125 S. Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo. Until Sept. 8, tickets are USD 35 for adults and USD 25 for senior citizens and students. At the door, tickets will cost USD 40. Dinner will be served before the concert from 5-6 p.m., but the cost is not included in the ticket price. For further information, contact Jānis Grants at +1 (269) 349-7597.
- Sept. 11 in Wisconsin at 5 p.m. in the Latvian House of Milwaukee, 8845 W. Lynx Ave., Milwaukee. For further information, contact Andris Magurs at +1 (920) 356-0501.
- Sept. 12 in Illinois at 3 p.m. the Latvian House, 4146 N. Elston Ave. For further information, contact Armands Birkens at +1 (773) 282-6510.
- Sept. 13 in Minnesota at 6 p.m. in the Ritz Theater, 345 13th St. N.E., Minneapolis. For further information, contact Maija Zaeska at +1 (763) 436-1129.
- Sept. 17 in Washington in the Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church, 11710 3rd Ave. N.E., Seattle. For further information, contact Sarmīte Davidson.
- Sept. 19 in California at 1 p.m. in the Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church of Northern California, 425 Hoffman Ave., San Francisco. For further information, contact Zinta Zariņa, +1 (650) 973-1794.
- Sept. 20 in California at 1 p.m. in the Latvian Community Center, 1955 Riverside Drive, Los Angeles. For further information, contact Pauls Berkholds, +1 (818) 366-4972.
- Sept. 23 in Nebraska in the Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church of Lincoln, 1231 S. 33 St., Lincoln. For further information, contact V. Didrihsone, +1 (402) 486-3823.
- Sept. 25 in Indiana in the Latvian Community Center, 1008 W. 64th St., Indianapolis. For further information, contact Andris Bērziņš at +1 (317) 652-1781.
- Sept. 27 in the Washington, D.C., area in the Latvian Ev. Lutheran Church, 400 Hurley Ave., Rockville, Md. For further information, contact Anita Juberte at +1 (301) 340-8919.
Puntulis is a graduate of the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and also has studied in the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Italy. He has been a soloist with the Latvian National Opera since 1994.
Ruņģis joined the Latvian National Opera in 1990. He also is a graduate of the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and studied further in master classes. He is founder and artistic director of the J. Zābers Memorial Foundation and works as vocal coach with the Rīga-based male choir Frachori.
Jenčs, another graduate of the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, has also studied in Italy and Lithuania. He has performed with the Latvian National Opera and the Rīga Musical Theater.
Kulakovs is perhaps best known as a founding member of the rock group Pērkons.
The Latvian Three Tenors has recorded three albums. Trīs jaunās māsas, released in 2006, was made in collaboration with the Rīga Dome Boys Choir. Mīlas lidojums, released in 2004, was nominated for classical album of the year in the Latvian Music Recording Award competition (Latvijas Mūzikas ierakstu gada balva). Piacer d’Amor was released in 1999.
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