Хор Латвийского радио является одним из лучших камерных хоров Европы, высокая музыкальная культура которого, интеллигентность и уникальное богатство потенциала звука от прозрачности хрустальных капель, от могущества оркестровых красок до преодоления границ возможностей человеческого голоса, превратила хор в особый фирменный знак звука на карте хоровой музыки мира. С 1992 года в Хоре Латвийского радио работают два дирижера - его художественный руководитель, главный дирижер Сигвардс Клява и дирижер Каспарс Путныньш.
Музыкальный репертуар хора широк - начиная от музыки эпохи Возрождения до самых сложных партитур современных композиторов, хор порождает новое понимание потенциала человеческого голоса и хорового организма, где каждая голосовая клетка имеет свою собственную подпись и свою конкретную задачу. Способность певцов ориентироваться в музыке разных эпох, жанров и стилей сделали Хор Латвийского радио универсальным эластичным коллективом, который может выступать как в вокально-инструментальных представлениях и оперных постановках, так и в мультимедийных проектах, в интимных музыкальных разговорах a capella, а также в театральных спектаклях, где певцы хора раскрываются как яркие солисты и артисты сцены.
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С момента создания камерного оркестра Sinfonietta Rīga в 2006 году его художественным руководителем и главным дирижером является Нормундс Шне - музыкант, который в течение последних двадцати лет практически был вовлечен в создание звуковой культуры Латвии и который до сих пор является пылким генератором новых музыкальных идей и идеологом культурного пространства.
Участники руководимого Шне камерного оркестра - молодые и открытые творческим идеям музыканты, которые исследуют традиции исполнения барочной музыки, изучают тонкости интерпретации музыки эпохи классицизма, являются блестящими, непревзойденными исполнителями современной музыки, а также не избегают участия в неакадемических экспериментах и в проектах crossover. В качестве одной из своих задач камерный оркестр выдвинул задачу развития в Латвии жанра камерной симфонии.
В концертных программах Sinfonietta Riga регулярно участвуют блестящие, признанные на международном уровне приглашенные музыканты. Музыкальное качество оркестра был оценено в 2014 году престижной премией Grammy за участие в записи альбома эстонского композитора Арво Пярта Adam`s Lament, оркестр также три раза стал обладателем Большого музыкального приза Латвии.
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The Latvian Radio Big Band has been renewed after a 16 year break. Since 2012, the big band has performed together with world-class artists, including Italian vocalist Roberta Gambarini, American jazz performer Kurt Elling, drummer Jojo Mayer, "New York Voices", 6 Grammy Award winner, American trumpeter Randy Brecker and Australian multi-instrumentalist James Morrison.

In 1966, the Latvian Radio Big Band was founded under the name Latvian USR TV and Radio Variety Orchestra. In 1992, the band was renamed the Radio Easy and Jazz Music Orchestra. The first leader and conductor of the big band was composer Ringolds Ore and from 1968 to 1991 violinist and arranger Alnis Zais. Music professionals, such as Maestro Raimonds Pauls and Gunars Rozenbergs have lead the Latvian Radio Big Band.

"The Latvian Radio Big Band is great! This big band has a long-lasting and bright future ahead of them," - Kurt Elling

"The Latvian Radio Big Band is Latvia's treasure." - Peter Eldridge, "New York Voices"

When?
  • 24/11, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 20 €

American minimalist John Adams' legendary piece Shaker Loops was inspired in equal parts by the perpetual rippling of water and the memories of the Christian religious group known as shakers and their ecstatic worship rituals. Similar wild bursts of energy promises to be scattered through the new work of freethinker Platons Buravickis - Demontāžas estētika (Aesthetics of Disassembly). On the other hand, the Viennese classic Joseph Haydn's symphony La passione and Finnish contemporary composer Kaija Saariaho's Graal théâtre, with its sublimely drawn contrast between eternal and ephemeral, might be defined as sacral works. The concert's soloist – violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky – has a broad emotional range, capturing the audiences with innate poignancy and unconstrained musicality. 

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One of the major projects for Latvia’s centennial will be “Ring of Latvia.”  Over the course of two years, it will create unique interaction throughout Latvia, allowing Latvians to meet one another.  Conductor Sigvards Kļava, who is artistic director of the Radio Latvia Choir, came up with the idea of four conceptually different rings and sets of music to demonstrate and emphasise the specifics, wealth and energy of each region of Latvia through the most precious thing that exists for the nation – the views of local residents.  The unique cultural heritage of Latgale includes the unique phenomenon of traditional music.  The sea power of Kurzeme surges through the everyday lives of people.  The national string of Vidzeme offers a symbolic room for patriotism.  Zemgale has a vast horizon in which the streams of people’s souls come together.

The idea involves 16 concert performances that will be presented in a cycle at four concert halls in Latvia.  The Radio Latvia Choir will be helped by a different artistic and creative team to shape the ring of each region of Latvia – Inese Mičule, Reinis Suhanovs, Roberts Rubīns, Māris Sirmais, Inese Zandere, Katrīna Neiburga, Guna Kalnača, Jānis Mitrēvics, the State Academic Choir Latvija, the Latvian Radio Big Band, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, and others.

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When?
  • 08/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, St.John’s Church
Price
10 - 25 €

The Rīga Dome Boys' Choir, conductor Mārtiņš Klišāns and guitarist Kaspars Zemītis are pleased to invite you to attend a cycle of concert programmes pas part of the "European Christmas" Advent season.  The focus will be on love, compassion and sincerity.  This musical trip will take us back to Renaissance England, where the tradition of boys' choirs began.  We will page through almanacs of spiritual motets in the archives of cathedrals, as supplemented by masters such as William Byrd and Thomas Tallis.  We will take a peek into royal courts where the delightful sound of lutes could be heard with the music of John Dowland, a favourite of aristocrats who was always melancholy in his opuses, as well as the music of Thomas Campion, who was also a physician.  We will hear the silky and flowing voice of Martiņš Klišāns, as well as a performance by Kaspars Zemītis and his young son, Jēkabs.  That will be a special Christmas lullaby.  The centre of the programme, however, will be contemporary music that was composed by Zemītis specifically for the Advent season.  Yes, that is the same Zemītis who is a guitar virtuoso.  In recent years he has become more and more prolific as a composer.  The six-song cycle Waiting for the Light is based on the beautiful O Salutaris prayer of Thomas Aquinas, with additional lyrics by Normunds Beļskis.  The focus will be on the basic values of Christianity, but also on the joys of winter that are best perceived by children.  The acoustic guitar will be replaced by an electric choir in partnership with the voices of the boys' choir, thus creating a modern sound that is rather uncommon when it comes to the acoustics of a church.

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When?
  • 13/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Riga Congress Centre
Price
10 - 35 €

The Latvian Radio Big Band is delighted to surprise audiences each year with a new concert programme that has been produced in particularly close co-operation with Maestro Raimonds Pauls.  This Christmas and New Year's programme enlightens undeservedly forgotten jewels from the maestro's creativity, including melodies from his latest album -- "When You Visit the Bees" and "Stream and Sea" with lyrics by Guntars Račs.  The programme is slightly nostalgic and melancholic, and it represents a trip through the four seasons of the year and four periods of Pauls' creativity.  The maestro has invited his favourite vocalists to join him on stage -- Kristīne Prauliņa, Dināra Rudāne, Ralfs Eilands and Intars Busulis, who will sing together and also sparkle as soloists.

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When?
  • 15/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Spīķeri Concert Hall
Price
15 €

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?
  • 16/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 -25 €

This is the third meeting of Sinfonietta Rīga and the exuberant German Christoph Poppen; the brilliant violinist, also a gifted pedagogue, lately more often has been seen with a conductor's baton, performing with orchestras from Europe, the US and Asia. His belief in music's power to make the world a better place perfectly suits the spirit of the Christmas season as well as this programme, which includes Mendelssohn's dreamy portrait of the beautiful Melusine, Mozart's effervescent “Prague Symphony” and Rodrigo's Concierto pastoral, written for the “Irishman with the golden flute" James Galway. Coincidentally, Galway is one of the masters with whom the Latvian flautist Dita Krenberga, the concert's soloist, once studied. 

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When?
  • 20/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
10 - 25 €
Musicians:

Ksenija Sidorova, accordion
Guna Šnē, cello
Kristīne Gailīte, soprano
Ivo Krūskops, percussions
Piano Quartet RIX:
Sandis Šteinbergs, violin
Ilze Kļava, viola
Reinis Birznieks, cello
Jānis Maļeckis, piano
Latvian Radio Choir
Orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga
Conductors Sigvards Kļava and Normunds Šnē

Programme:

Music by Arturs Maskats (1957)

When?
  • 21/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Spīķeri Concert Hall
Price
10 €

Perpetuum Ritmico is a fiery and energetic ensemble of percussionists, and it is offering a totally new programme for the calm flow of the Advent season, merging contemporary music with music that is centuries old and full of traditions.  Among the young composers is talented Madara Pētersone, who plans to be graduated from the Latvian Academy of Music this year, as well as American-born Jachin Pousson, who visited Rīga as an exchange student and found the Latvian mentality so enchanting that he decided to continue his studies in Rīga.  There will also be music from Jēkabs Nīmanis, a composer and clarinettist who is always full of surprises and humour.  The fiery power of the percussion instruments will be soothed by the timbral colours of the cello, clarinet and kokle.  Together with a marimba and timpani, these instruments will produce new versions of well-known Baroque masterpieces such as Winter from Vivaldi's Seasons of the Year, Pachelbel's merry and pulsating Canon, the fabled opus So Called Laws of Nature by the legendary American minimalist David Lang, and, finally, Elliot Cole's gentle Postlude.

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When?
  • 25/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Riga Cathedral
Price
15 €

Ave Maria through the ages and through the eyes of composers of different times and ethnicities. And alongside these the second day of Christmas are filled with the sounds of baroque arias and instrumental opuses, Christmas chorales and traditional melodies. Sergejs Jēgers’ warm and gentle voice is interlaced with the grand sounds of the Riga Cathedral organ played by Diāna Jaunzeme-Portnaja, and sounds of string instruments...

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When?
  • 27/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Spīķeri Concert Hall
Price
10 €

Elegant humour, an element of a game, creative shock as the origin for creativity and self-discovery – that is what is offered by the ART-i-SHOCK Trio of three outstanding musicians with different personalities and temperaments.  Pianist Agnese Egliņa, percussionist Elīne Endzele and cellist Guna Šnē seek artistic perfection, always surprising, delighting and sometimes friendlily provoking their audiences.  This programme is based on the idea that December is a fairly amusing period of time.  Some people are preparing for the only time that their families will come together for a celebration, others are counting up Advents on the path toward the birth of Christ, most people are preparing for an orgy of shopping, and children stand next to Christmas trees to sing songs and recite poems that no one will remember in January.  Asked what they do during this period and why, the musicians say that it will soon be quite impossible to answer the question, because habits, traditions and society tempt us to close our eyes and go with the flow.  Alfred Schnittke’s version of Silent Night, for instance, is like a contemporary mirror of the holiday.  This programme is similar, a bit white, but more sarcastic.  There will be some Christmas carols, a bit of tango, a shot of jazz, a crumb of spirituality, together setting a holiday table that will satisfy every Latvian – potato salad, peas, sauerkraut and pierogi with bacon.  Perhaps you think that a stomach-ache is guaranteed?  Not this time.

Tikai dzirkstošs smaids un patīkama, neizskaidrojami omulīga svētku sajūta!” 

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When?
  • 29/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Riga Luther’s Church
Price
12 €

It has already become a tradition, that the festival European Christmas is concluded by Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio – a beautiful and grand tale about the time around the birth of Jesus and the events linked to it. The oratorio is composed of six cantatas, and this time the audience is going to hear the fourth, fifth and sixth parts, conducted by the Latvian conductor Kaspars Putniņš and performed by a great assortment of musicians consisting of soloists coming from or based in Latvia and in the United Kingdom of Great Britain, the Latvian Radio Choir and the Sinfonietta Rīga Orchestra. The message of Joy has been received and the soul rejoices!

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When?
  • 20/01, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
10 - 25 €
Musicians:

Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra
Kristaps Bergs, cello
Conductor Modestas Pitrėnas 

Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Guntis Kuzma

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Atvars Lakstīgala

Programme:

Jānis Ivanovs
Jēkabs Jančevskis (premiere)
Alfrēds Kalniņš
Juris Karlsons
Jānis Mediņš
Ādolfs Skulte

When?
  • 27/01, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
10 - 25 €

Stradivarius Tritton violin in his hands, Kolja Blacher entrances the audiences with exceptionally refined tonality and meticulously sharp interpretation. For almost ten years he performed with Claudio Abbado as the first violin of Berlin Philharmonic and Lucerne Festival Orchestra; now at his prime the virtuoso violinist enjoys the dual role of soloist and chamber musician. Beethoven and contemporary music is especially dear to both, therefore this rendezvous with Sinfonietta Rīga includes a very intimate contemplation on life and eternity – Leaving by Russian composer Elena Firsova – as well as the dramatic Violin Concerto and bright, pastoral Symphony No. 6 by the Viennese classic.

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When?
  • 24/02, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
10 - 25 €

Kristian Bezuidenhout was born in South Africa, studied in Australia and New York,  lives in London and dazzles the audiences in the world's greatest concert halls and festivals. Under the brilliant pianist's masterly touch the piano as well as harpsichord and especially fortepiano sing out in the most extraordinary voices. In addition, Bezuidenhout is well-known Mozart expert. For his sophisticated and clever interpretations Bezuidenhout has received several prestigious recording awards, including ECHO Klassik 2017. In this programme we will be treated to his reading of two Mozart's compositions; along with these classic 18th century Vienna school works, we will also enjoy echoes from the 19th century Vienna as experienced by the romantic bard Franz Schubert; finally, the New Vienna School will be represented by Alban Berg and his Lyric Suite.

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When?
  • 17/03, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
10 - 20 €

The music of the great British composer Jonathan Harvey unites light and beauty with the ability to convey sublime eternal notions. These themes are equally close to the young Latvian composers. Matīss Čudars' composition for electrical guitar and chamber orchestra is rousing and calming at the same time, reminding of the feelings one might experience in nature; in his turn, Krists Auznieks contemplates the transcendental and the temporal, reflecting upon the correspondences of Christianity and Buddhism. Similarly, in his legendary opus Bhakti, Harvey presents sound as a building block of the universe, craving to uncover the secrets of creation. Sinfonietta Rīga invites the listeners along on a ride to an unusual world of sound, through time and space, to a place where acoustic timbres merge with electronically generated impulses. 

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When?
  • 20/04, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
10 - 25 €

Polish conductor Zbigniew Graca, well-known to Latvian audiences, is a renowned Mozart expert. Once again he picks up the conductor's baton in front of Sinfonietta Rīga, this time to look for similarities and differences between the works of his compatriots and the masterpieces of the great Viennese classic – the legendary Symphony No. 40, and a few of his lyrical and vibrant romantic arias. The sounds of Poland and the Polish worldview will be brought forth in Witold Lutoslawski's Little Suite with its national colouring; in Mechislav Karlovich's Serenade for Strings, full of romantic ardour, and Tadeusz Baird's Four Love Sonnets, whose medieval mood and Shakespearean passions will reverberate in the bass-baritone voice of another Pole – Jaroslav Brek.

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When?
  • 11/05, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
10 - 25 €

The season closing concert of Sinfonietta Rīga is a lavish and colourful smorgasbord, offering a selection that will satisfy any musical gourmand. First, a favourite of  Sinfonietta Rīga artistic director – the father of the Vienna School, Joseph Haydn, with his festive score written to celebrate the laying of foundation for a new opera house. Next, the great Englishman Benjamin Britten with his neoclassical Simple Symphony, and the extravagant, multi-talented Austrian HK Gruber, who will take the listeners on an exciting trip through the musical styles of the 20th century, playfully referencing jazz, pop and cabaret. And let us not forget the golden repertoire of French horn: the romantic and melodic Horn Concerto No. 1 by Richard Strauss. The special guest of the evening will be the brilliant French horn player Hervé Joulain, who is celebrated for his warm and delightful intonations as well as musical maturity. 

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