When?
  • 23/02, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Spīķeri Concert Hall
Price
10 €

The passionate rhythms of Africa and the thoughtfulness, uncontrolled temperament and fragile beauty of the Nordic lands -- these bring together echoes of music from various nations, with references to jazz and classical music alike.  The song of the saxophone is merged with the voices of musicians and the enchantingly colourful timbres of traditional African instruments.  Rolf-Erik Nystrøm is unquestionably one of Norway's most brilliant and titled musicians, and equally impressive achievements have been won by Kouame Sereba from Cote d'Ivoire, who is currently living and working in Norway.  The musicians have performed together since 1995 and know each other very well.  Each concert allows them to enjoy new musical adventures and discoveries.

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When?
  • 24/02, 19:00
Where?
Riga, St.John’s Church
Price
10 €

Eternal light and prayer and keywords for the programme that will be offered by the Latvian Radio Choir and the Rīga Saxophone Quartet during the Saxophonia festival.

The name of the outstanding French soprano saxophonist Jean Pierre Baraglioli always leads audiences to pluck up their ears.  He has often been a guest at Saxophonia, and this year he will direct a competition for young saxophonists.  The master will also perform together with the Rīga Saxophone Quartet to offer Rihards Dubra’s godly Vigil.

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When?
  • 25/02, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Cinema Splendid Palace
Price
7 - 25 €

The Canadian-born saxophonist and composer Seamus Blake is one of the most important jazzmen in New York, with his heart belonging to the contemporary jazz world of the 1980s and 1990s.  He continues the ideas of the distinguished jazz saxophonists Bob Mintzer and Michael Brecker and the winner of an international jazz sax competition named after the legendary Thelonious Monk.  Blake’s compositions are elegant and often audacious, full of brilliant improvisations merged with excitement and enviable virtuosity.  25 years of experience with modern jazz have made the composition sense of Seamus Black more delicate.  He is a member of several jazz alliances, and he has released 16 albums so far.  The most recent one, Superconductor, was released late in 2015, merging electronics and electronic wind instruments.  This programme involves arrangements of Blake’s music by the Latvian Radio Big Band for the audience in Rīga.  The music will be supplemented by composer and actress Sabina Schiubba, who is a Grammy-nominated member of the New York electric music band Brazilian Girls.

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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.

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When?
  • 10/03, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 30 €

One of the trump cards of the incredibly talented German clarinettist, composer and conductor Jörg Widmann is his versatility. He performs regularly with the best German orchestras and is the Principal Guest Conductor of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Widmann's fascinating and adventurous compositions are beloved by maestros Mariss Jansons, Andris Nelsons, Paavo Järvi and Simon Rattle, who often include his works in their concert programmes.

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When?
  • 30/03, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 30 €

Thomas Sanderling, the son of the legendary German conductor Kurt Sanderling, largely spent his formative years in the wings of the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra. In the 1990s he was the Principal Guest Conductor of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra. Now he travels to Latvia again to reveal the true vitality and mastery of Beethoven in the peak of his fame.

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When?
  • 31/03, 19:00
Where?
Riga, St.John’s Church
Price
10 €

Dietrich Buxtehude was one of the most distinguished baroque composers in Northern Germany.  He is known as the father of German music by historians.  Buxtehude's talents as an organist were praised throughout Europe.  It is said that Johann Sebastian Bach once walked 400 km on foot to study the mastery of his elder colleague and to learn from him.  Buxtehude was the most outstanding German organist of all.  He composed numerous organ opuses, for which reason he has always been seen as a master of instrumental music, but early in the 20th century, there was the discovery of some 100 vocal and instrumental opuses from the great master, surprising audiences with enormously rich and colourful vocal techniques and diversity of genres.  The seven-cantata cycle Membra Jesu nostri is Buxtehude's most important opus for choir, soloist and a small ensemble of instruments, with each movement focusing on a part of the body of Jesus Christ (his feet, knees, arms, side, chest, heart and face) upon the cross.  Buxtehude was a Protestant, but the mystical and secretive lyrics of the cantata come from the Rhythmica Oratio hymnal, which, according to legend, was produced by a Medieval monk in the Cistercian Order.  The beautiful music interweaves with expressive vocals, and they are powerfully strengthened by the expressive rhetoric of the Baroque age.

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When?
  • 14/04, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Riga Cathedral
Price
15 €

A few years ago the Latvian Radio Choir welcomed Easter with the performance of all German grand master Johann Sebastian Bach's passions, delivering three different renditions of the New Testament's narrative of the Passion of Jesus. The concert series “Bach. Passion. Riga” received the Grand Music Award of Latvia. This year, the artistic director of the of the choir Sigvards Kļava has interspersed the choruses and corals from Bach's passions with Pēteris Vasks' music, ranging from a quiet contemplation in the stanzas by Mother Teresa to calm prayer and jubilations in praise of the Resurrection in his newest works Gloria and Mein Herr und mein Gott, performed by the Latvian Radio Choir together with the chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga and organist Ilze Reine. 

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When?
  • 28/04, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 20 €

Already for several years, Latvian violinist Jana Ozoliņa studies and works in Switzerland, frequently taking additional classes from the renowned violinist Boris Kuschnir. She performs with the Young Eurasian Soloists, chamber orchestra formed by her. In Riga the skilled and spirited soloist will perform the Vivaldi-inspired, melodically throbbing concerto The American Four Seasons by the founding father of American minimalism, Philip Glass. Another unusual encounter proposed by Sinfonietta Rīga will be the one with the string piece by Unsuk Chin, the best-known Korean composer in Europe – inspired by graffiti seen on the streets and embellished with bells and gongs. And finally, a new chamber concerto by the quiet Latvian with an ironic smile Oskars Herliņš. 

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When?
  • 19/05, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 30 €

Concluding its first decade and entering the teen years, chamber orchestra  Sinfonietta Rīga in its season closing concert offers a buffet of musical styles. The classical tradition and excerpt from the dashing Don Juan's aria will be presented by Joseph Haydn's first London symphony; the restless, tormented romantic soul will be exquisitely drawn by the Grande Allegro in the spirit of Mendelssohn's violin concerto by the Italian Giovanni Bottesini, dubbed 'the double bass Paganini'; the American Steve Reich will nod to the ancient Jewish Torah chants in his stirring, meandering opus “Eight Lines”; and in the perfect symmetries of the “travel music” by John Adams we will be able to notice the motifs of boogie-woogie, pop and minimalist rock. 

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When?
  • 30/05, 19:00
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?
  • 31/05, 19:00
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?
  • 07/06, 20:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
10 - 40 €
Musicians:

Kremerata Baltica orchestra
Oļesja Petrova, mezzo
Host and soloist Gidon Kremer, violin

Programme:

Leonid Desyatnikov, Jēkabs Jančevskis, Robert Schumann/Karlheinz Stockhausen

When?
  • 08/06, 20:00
Where?
Riga, Riga Congress Centre
Price
7 - 25 €
Musicians:

Shayna Steele, voice
Dināra Rudāne, voice
Kristīne Prauliņa, voice
Latvian Radio Big Band

When?
  • 09/06, 20:00
Where?
Riga, St.John’s Church
Price
12 €
Musicians:

Inga Šlubovska Kancēviča, soprano
Kalvis Kalniņš, baritone
Kristīne Adamaite, organ
Rīga Cathedral Boys Choir
Sinfonietta Rīga orchestra
Conductor Mārtiņš Klišāns 

Programme:

Uģis Prauliņš (b 1957) Te Deum
Fantasia No. 2 for Organ (premiere)

When?
  • 13/06, 20:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
10 - 30 €
Musicians:

Gautier Capuçon, cello
WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne
Conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste

Programme:

Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904) Cello Concerto in B Minor, op 104

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897) Third Symphony in F Major, op 90

When?
  • 15/06, 20:00
Where?
Riga, Riga Cathedral
Price
15 €
Musicians:

Egīls Siliņš, bass baritone
Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Māris Sirmais

Programme:

Pēteris Vasks (b 1946) Viatore
Giya Kancheli (b 1935) Don’t Grieve
Pēteris Vasks Credo

When?
  • 16/06, 22:00
Where?
Riga, St.Peter's Church
Price
15 €
Musicians:

Guna Zariņa, actress
Latvian Radio Choir
Conductor Sigvards Kļava
Director Vladislavs Nastavševs

Programme:

Music by Ēriks Ešenvalds (b 1977)

When?
  • 21/06, 20:00
Where?
Jūrmala, Dzintari Concert Hall
Price
10 - 35 €
Musicians:

Gunta Gelgote, soprano
Mihails Čulpajevs, tenor
Iveta Apkalna, organ
Latvian Radio Choir
State Choir “Latvija”
Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor: Andris Poga

Programme:

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) Concerto for Organ, Timpani and String Orchestra in G Major
Carl Orff (1895-1982) Cantata Carmina Burana

When?
  • 06/07, 22:00
Where?
Riga, St.Peter's Church
Price
10 €
Musicians:

Latvian Radio Choir
Simone van der Doelen, conductor

Programme:

Music from Gregorian chants

When?
  • 06/07, 20:00
Where?
Riga, Small Guild Hall
Price
15 €
Musicians:

Coin Du Roi orchestra
Christian Frattima, conductor

When?
  • 07/07, 20:00
Where?
Riga, St.Peter's Church
Price
15 €
Musicians:

Elīna Šimkus, soprano
Soloists, choir, dancers
Coin Du Roi orchestra
Christian Frattima, conductor

When?
  • 08/07, 13:00
Where?
Rundāle, Rundāle Castle White Hall
Price
15 €
Musicians:

Marlena Keine, soprano
Mihails Čulpajevs, tenor
Rihards Millers, baritone
Lāsma Meldere-Šestakova, Baroque violin
Vladimirs Kudrins, guitar
Mārtiņš Miļevskis, percussion
Viktors Veļičko, double bass
Circus artists
Karīna Bērziņa, MC

Programme:

Music by Scarlatti, Corelli and Carissimi 

When?
  • 08/07, 16:00
Where?
Rundāle, Rundāle Castle White Hall
Price
20 €
Musicians:

Elīna Šimkus, soprano
Sergejs Jēgers, counter tenor
Coin Du Roi orchestra
Christian Frattima, conductor

Programme:

Music by Monteverdi, Handel and Vivaldi

When?
  • 08/07, 18:00
Where?
Rundāle, Rundāle Castle Golden Hall
Price
20 €
Programme:

Music by Dall’Abaco, Scarlatti, Vivaldi and Veracini

When?
  • 08/07, 20:00
Where?
Rundāle, Rundāle Castle White Hall
Price
20 €
Musicians:

Mira Glodenau, violin and musical director
Collegium Musicum Riga Baroque orchestra
Māris Kupčs, artistic director

Programme:

French Baroque music

When?
  • 08/07, 22:00
Where?
Rundāle, Rundāle Castle Garden
Price
20 €
Musicians:

Yury Revich, violin
Sinfonietta Rīga orchestra
Christian Frattima, conductor

Programme:

Music by Hasse, Salieri, Boccerini and Vivaldi