When?
  • 08/06, 20:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 40 €
Musicians:

Dénés Várjon, piano
Iván Fischer, conductor

Programme:

Franz Liszt’s Second Piano Concerto, Antonín Dvořák’s Eighth Symphony, Igor Stravinsky’s Jeu de Cartes

When?
  • 08/06, 20:00
Where?
Riga, Spīķeri Concert Hall
Price
20 €

Alessandro Baricco (b 1958) is a world-renowned author and philosopher from Italy who studies glass castles, silk and Homer.  As a young man, he thought a lot about music and even wrote books about the topic.  

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When?
  • 09/06, 20:00
Where?
Riga, Spīķeri Concert Hall
Price
20 €

Alessandro Baricco (b 1958) is a world-renowned author and philosopher from Italy who studies glass castles, silk and Homer.  As a young man, he thought a lot about music and even wrote books about the topic.  

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When?
  • 10/06, 20:00
Where?
Riga, Riga Congress Centre
Price
7 - 35 €

During Raimonds Pauls’ jubilee year, the Rīga Festival honours the maestro by offering a new concert programme, “Opera Arias,” developed in partnership with the Latvian Radio Big Band, a string group from the Sinfonietta Rīga chamber orchestra.

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When?
  • 16/06, 20:00
Where?
Riga, New Church of St Gertrude
Price
10 €

The style of the Siberian purebred who is Pavel Karmanov has developed similarly to the creative searches of Arvo Pårt.  First he tried his hand at various modernism techniques, then he looked at “neo” styles, and then, finally, he found a minimalist form of expression that he has used for decades.  At one time Karmanov was active in the world of Russian rock music, but now his contemporaries include the outstanding Russian harpsichordist Alexei Lyubimov, the viola player Yuri Bashmet, the violinist Tatiana Grindenko, the Opus Posth orchestra, and other artists who regularly perform the minimalist opuses of this unusual Russian composer.

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When?
  • 18/06, 20:00
Where?
Jūrmala, Dzintari Concert Hall
Price
7 - 35 €

After completing his Eighth Symphony, Gustav Mahler (1860-1911) wrote to a friend that he had created “a merry gift for the nation.  All of my previous symphonies were preludes to this one.  My other opuses are tragic and subjective, while this one offers enormous and incomprehensible joy.”  A great many musicians are needed to perform the symphony by the Austrian maestro from the age of Late Romanticism – eight soloists, a large mixed choir, a children’s choir and an unusually large symphonic orchestra.  When the symphony was first learned in the autumn of 1910, producer Emil Gutmann nicknamed the symphony as The Symphony of Thousands for marketing purposes.  

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Latvian Concerts have ensured the continuation of the “Really Young Ones” concert series during the next concert season.  There will be four concerts for our youngest listeners – preschool children.  Outstanding instrumentalists, singers, dancers and actors will appear on stage, and there will be fragments from animated films.  The musicians will be dressed in costumes that will be of interest to and familiar for the kids.  For half an hour before and after each concert, children will have access to creative workshops.

Subscriptions cost just EUR 18.  Visit www.bilesuparadize.lv

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When?
  • 07/07, 20:00
Where?
Riga, Riga Cathedral
Price
10 €
Musicians:

Latvian Radio Choir
Conductor Peter Philips (UK)

Programme:

Nicolas Gombert, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Josquin des Prez, Thomas Tallis, Tomás Luis de Victoria

When?
  • 08/07, 20:00
Where?
Riga, St.John’s Church
Price
10 €

Coin du Roi is the only private opera company in Italy that focuses on operas from before the age of Romanticism.  This is a repertoire that has been overshadowed in Italy by the great masters of Romanticism and Belcanto -- Verdi, Puccini, Bellini, and many, many other composers.  The declared aim for Coin du Roi is to introduce the audience in Italy with less well-known music that is, in truth, rooted in that country's wealth of musical traditions.  It stages valuable operas in locations that are carefully selected and imbued with special charm.  Always seeking to respect the historical origins of operas and the intentions of their composers, Coin du Roi is also never afraid to experiment and be creative in seeking bridges between the old and the modern and between traditions and innovations.  The goal is to restore the status of the operatic genre that it had in the 18th century, when Baroque-era theatres were among the central crossroads for various cultural events and their ongoing development.

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When?
  • 09/07, 13:00
Where?
Rundāle, Rundāle Castle White Hall
Price
15 €

The Rundāle day of the Ancient Music Festival will begin with a concert performance for children – “Frog Into Princess.” The story will not take place in a royal castle, as you might think.  Instead it will take place in a swamp, because something that is very important and belongs to the princess will accidently appear there.  Thanks to the interesting discovering in the swamp, lots of creatures, including a frog, will want to become a princess.

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When?
  • 09/07, 16:00
Where?
Rundāle, Rundāle Castle White Hall
Price
20 €

Nearly everyone has heard stories about Farinelli – the secretive singer with a heavenly voice.  The man was actually called Carlo Maria Michelangelo Nicola Broschi, and he was one of the world’s greatest castratos, with a voice that covered three-and-a-half octaves and was unusual in timbre.  Farinelli’s talent surprised audiences not just in Italy, but throughout Europe.  Castrato arias today are sung by sopranos and countertenors whose voices are particularly appropriate for them.  Our countertenor Sergejs Jēgers will perform the role of Farinelli at the White Hall of the Rundāle Castle.

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When?
  • 09/07, 18:00
Where?
Rundāle, Rundāle Castle Golden Hall
Price
20 €

Like the L’Apreggiata ensemble, which released an album a few years ago which revealed the rich and close links between ancient Spanish and Latin American music to those who were unfamiliar with ancient music, one of today’s ancient music groups, the La Cetra d’Orfeo (“Lyre of Orpheus”) ensemble, which hails from the Francophone part of Belgium, has chosen for its first guest appearance in Latvia the temperamental, rhythmically diverse and passionately sensitive melodies of Latin American and Spanish music.

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When?
  • 09/07, 20:00
Where?
Rundāle, Rundāle Castle White Hall
Price
20 €

On July 9, at the White Hall of the Rundāle Castle, conductor Christian Frattima and the Coin du Roi orchestra will present the concert programme “Baroque Masterpieces,” with several concertos, including Lute Concerto in D Major by the Baroque master Antonio Vivaldi, Harpsichord Concerto in D Minor by the genius Johann Sebastian Bach, and then three compositions from French composers – Jean-Marie Leclair’s Violin Concerto in A Minor, Michel Corrette’s bagpipe concerto Musette de cour, and the famous composition The Gallant Indian by the Rococo composer Jean-Philippe Rameau. 

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When?
  • 09/07, 22:00
Where?
Rundāle, Rundāle Castle Garden
Price
20 - 40 €

The concluding concert of the Ancient Music Festival this year will feature Antonio Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, which is a cycle of violin concertos and is one of the most popular opuses in the world of classical music.  The composition has been recorded and interpreted endlessly and throughout the world.  The four violin concertos were first published in 1725 under the title “A Competition Between Harmony and Imagination.”  It is true that the music lacks no harmony or imagination, because Vivaldi was very happy to use scenes from nature and everyday life, recording these in the score in words.  

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Price
40 €

Holders of subscriptions to the autumn season for Sinfonietta Rīga (September to December) will be able to enjoy five outstanding concert programmes which, as always, will offer lots of surprises and discoveries. 

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When?
  • 23/09, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 25 €

The new season for the Sinfonietta Rīga chamber orchestra will begin with the “Great” symphony by the sincere Austrian composer Franz Schubert and with Learning About Acoustics by the untamed Latvian experimenter Kristaps Pētersons.  This is a chamber symphony that was composed for the unique and multi-layer architectural ensemble of the Spilve airport.  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart will be represented with its concerto symphony, in which tense dramaturgy is merged with the unending virtuosity of an instrumental concerto.  It balances the pain of the heart of the romantic composer and the soaring sounds of the master of acoustics.  The soloists will be two outstanding chamber musicians from the Artemis string quarter from Berlin – violinist Vineta Sareika, who is always welcome in Latvia, and the violinist and violist Gregor Sigl, who trained at the Mozarteum in Salzburg.

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When?
  • 30/09, 19:00
Where?
Jūrmala, Dzintari concert hall
Price
7 - 30 €
Musicians:

QUATOUR EBÈNE:
Pierre Colombet, violin
Gabriel Le Magadure, violin
Adrien Boisseau, viola
Raphaël Merlin, cello

Programme:

Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude-Achille Debussy

When?
  • 06/10, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 25 €
Musicians:

Alexei Ogrintchouk, oboist and conductor
Sinfonietta Rīga

Programme:

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdi and Vincenzo Bellini

When?
  • 12/10, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Small Guild Hall
Price
10 €
Musicians:

Marta Sudraba, cello
Ieva Oša, piano

Programme:

Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude-Achille Debussy, Zoltán Kodály, César Franck and Andris Dzenītis (new composition)

When?
  • 15/10, 20:00
Where?
Riga, Riga Stock Market
Price
12 €
Musicians:

Matīss Čudars, electric guitar
Latvian Radio Choir group
Conductor Kaspars Putniņš

Programme:

Karlheinz Stockhausen, Matīss Čudars (premiere of a new composition)

When?
  • 19/10, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Spīķeri Concert Hall
Price
10 €
Musicians:

Egīls Šēfers, clarinet
Juris Žvikovs, piano
The percussion ensemble Perpetuum Ritmnico

Programme:

Music by Steve Reich, John Cage, Julia Wolfe, David Lang and Niko Muhly, as well as arrangements of Radiohead songs

When?
  • 21/10, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 30 €
Musicians:

Maxim Rysanov (viola)
Sinfonietta Rīga

Programme:

Ludwig van Beethoven and Pēteris Vasks

When?
  • 25/11, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 25 €

Tel Aviv-born Ariel Zuckermann spent several years as a flutist for some of Europe’s most outstanding orchestras, but he quite soon replaced his brilliant instrument with the baton of a conductor, learning the finesse of orchestral conduction from the prominent Finnish master Jorma Panula.

Returning to the Sinfonietta Rīga podium, Zuckermann has brought along St Petersburg-born cellist Alexey Stadler, who won the major young talent competition TONALi in Hamburg and whose performance of the original version of Variations on a Rococo Theme will particularly delight the fans of Pyotr Tchaikovsky and his music.  Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony replaces the composer’s characteristic pathos with pastoral delight.  China-born Qigang Chen, who lives and works in Paris and was the last student of Olivier Messiaen, offers fiery rhythms in his opuses, refreshing the typical irony of Dmitry Shostakovich’s music and melding it with traditional Chinese melodies.

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When?
  • 17/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 25 €
Musicians:

Florian Donderer, violin and leader
Sinfonietta Rīga

Programme:

Franz Schubert Overture in D major, D. 590 (“In the Italian Style”)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major, K. 219
Joseph Haydn Symphony in D major, Hob. I:103 (“The Clock”)

When?
  • 30/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Riga Luther’s Church
Price
15 €
Musicians:

Sinfonietta Rīga
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