RIGA – The United States Embassy in Riga is proud to support the U.S. Army Europe and Africa Soldiers’ Chorus concerts in Lielvārde Culture Center on May 7 at 12:00 pm and in Ādaži Culture Center on May 8 at 12:00 pm. Both concerts are open to the public and free of charge.
The concerts in Lielvārde and Ādaži will celebrate the 100th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Latvia. The concerts are organized in cooperation between the U.S. Army, the U.S. Embassy in Riga, Latvian National Guard Orchestra, and the Lielvārde and Ādaži Culture centers.
The Soldiers’ Chorus, under the direction of First Lieutenant Curran Schenck, was organized in 1963 and quickly helped advance relations between the American community in Europe and its host nations through music. Most of the Chorus’s singers do not enter the military as musicians. These Soldiers are selected from other career fields through a competitive audition process. They receive intensive training to hone vocal, dance, and theatrical skills. This ensemble is one of five full-time choral groups in the U.S. Army.
The U.S. Army Europe and Africa Band and Chorus performs more than 200 missions each year across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.