This year winter solstice is expected to be a very special event – youth choir MASKA and conductor Jānis Ozols will await it in Riga St. Gerturde New Church with a concert ZIEMA (WINTER).  It’s binding, that the concert will start exactly at the time when winter begins –   at 7:11 pm.  Traditionally the choir collaborates with the best Latvian musicians and this concert will be unique in building new harmonies and hues of sound.


This time choir will be accompanied by the best kokle ensemble in Latvia – BALTI and two beloved soloists – Ieva Kerēvica and Jānis Strazdiņš. New sounding of instrumental and vocal music will unfold in composition written by Laura Jēkabsone -”Advent Story”. It will be a premiere of a musical story telling about winter – from its very beginning and Advent time till the birth of Christ. It is music full of contrasts made by the diversity of performers, acoustics of the church and rhythm percussion.

Youth choir MASKA and its conductor Jānis Ozols is a creative and attractive unity, which stand out with a unique musicality and daring to be innovative by creating new interpretations and collaborations with other musicians. MASKA is one the best mixed amateur choirs in Latvia, achieving high results in competitions in Latvia and abroad. They gained first place in the contest of mixed choirs in the XXV Latvian Song Festival and was the only choir invited by the World Choir Games 2014 to participate in the Champions Category.

 Laura Jēkabsone is known as the leader and one of the singers of the world-known a cappella group Latvian Voices. She is author of many arrangements and original compositions performed by the vocal group.  Latvian Voices are the official symbol of Riga as the culture capital of 2014 as well as of the World Choir Games 2014 which will take place in Riga.


Tickets of the concert are available at “Bilešu paradīze” box offices, online: and at the concert venue.