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?
  • 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 €

2017 is a special year in that the maestro is celebrating his 70th birthday, and his chamber orchestra is celebrating its 20th anniversary.  This double jubilee is being celebrated at a global level.  After appearing at world-famous concert halls and festivals in Europe, the United States and Asia, Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica have returned to Latvia with a colourful programme to open the Rīga Festival.  Robert Schumann conjures up elegant eastern scenes, the legendary avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen offers a portrait of the signs of the zodiac, while one of Gidon Kremer’s confederates, the delicate psychology master Leonid Desyatnikov uses sounds to paint the seasons of the year.  One of Latvia’s most brilliant young composers, Jēkabs Jančevskis, will present a new opus as a gift to the celebrants.

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

The famous American jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald (1917-1996) was known as the “First Lady of Song,” “the Queen of Jazz” and “Lady Ella.”  In honour of the centennial of the jazz diva’s birth, the Latvian Radio Big Band is offering a new look at her legendary heritage and her most brilliant repertoire.  On stage, the band will work together with three brilliant vocalists – Kristīne Prauliņa and Dināra Rudāne, who are Latvian musicians with powerful voices, as well as Shayna Steele, who grew up in California, polished her skills in New York, has been a previous participant in the Rīga Festival, and has a surprisingly colourful timbre of voice

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

Uģis Prauliņš has his own language of music, and that is not true of everyone.  Uģis’ language powerfully reflects influences from folk music and rock music, offering an unusual meeting between paganism and Christianity and revealing the militancy of the Middle Ages, the lightness of the Baroque, and the delight that is part of Romanticism.  “Music and love explain everything.  We must always seek them out and polish them, because no truth is permanent.  The things that touch us remain with us, and that is exactly the kind of music that I try to compose,” says the composer, who has been nominated for a Grammy Award and will celebrate his 60th birthday on June 17.  The celebration of the Rīga Festival will feature a new opus by Prauliņš, Fantasy No 2 for Organ, which is dedicated to the sensitive organist Kristīne Adamaite, as well as the capacious Easter oratory Te Deum Laudamus.  As was the case with its premiere in 2011, Mārtiņš Klišāns will conduct the performance.  The performers will include the Rīga Dome Boys’ Choir and, this time, Sinfonietta Rīga, Inga Šļubovska-Kancēviča with her pure soprano, and Kalvis Kalniņš with his silky baritone.

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When?
  • 16/06, 20:00
Where?
Riga, Spīķeri Concert Hall
Price
30 €

The Rīga Festival invites you to take a trip of taste and music to Moldova.  Good music and fine wine – audiences have traditionally experienced this combination of enjoyment and the stories which professionals tell about these two passions at the Spīķeri Concert Hall.  Full of enthusiasm and temperament, the musicians of the Vali Boghean Band are prepared to create a spark of passion for the summer season in Rīga.  The band features natural musicality and the spirit of improvisation, with the ability to conjure up an atmosphere in which one wants to linger.  The Vali Boghean Band plays music that is influenced by Balkan jazz, classical music and Eastern European folk music.

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

The Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra is celebrating the 70th anniversary of its establishment this year, and the orchestra is returning to Latvia after ten years to once again perform together with the elegant French cellist Gautier Capuçon, who has become one of the most distinguished and original musicians from his generation.  The orchestra and the cellist will appear together with the world-famous Finnish conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste, who has been the artistic director of the orchestra since the 2010/2011 season and is known by members of the orchestra as “their own conductor.” The Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra is known for its outstanding interpretations of contemporary music, often performing new opuses written specifically for it.  The orchestra is also known for its specialisation in the area of music from the late age of Romanticism.  The audience will hear a cello concerto by Czech national romanticist Antonín Dvořák that was composed in New York and premiered in London, as well as the third symphony by German romanticist Johannes Brahms, which was composed in Wiesbaden and debuted in Vienna.  These are two masterpieces from the late 19th century, and they are full of heroic ambition, touching passion, dramatic tension and sincere lyricism.

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

Pēteris Vasks composes music when he cannot keep quiet, and he seeks to talk about global and transcendental subjects such as life and death, hatred and forgiveness, harmony and dissonant chaos.  These are topics that interweave through his expressive and emotional range of sounds.  The music can be described as an example of neo-romanticism, of “new spirituality,” “new simplicity,” or a sense of mission – asking the audience to listen to a warning and to the gradually disappearing sounds of nature, calling on people to purify their souls from accustomed carelessness about the world, their motherland and their future.  This belief is heard in Viatore, which was composed for a string ensemble.  It speaks about a traveller and eternity.  There is also Credo, which confirms faith and light.  Similar topics are brought to light by a “spiritual relative” of Vasks, the Georgian composer Giya Kancheli, a master of concentrated spirituality and silence whom the Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin once described as an ascetic with the temperament of a maximalist and a controlled Mount Vesuvius.  Kancheli complete work on his major composition, Don’t Grieve, shortly before the catastrophe of 9/11 in the United States, and the opus ends with the words from the title – don’t grieve.  The composition was dedicated to the distinguished Russian baritone Dmitry Hvorostovsky, and at the Rīga Dome Cathedral it will be performed by the distinguished Latvian vocalist Egils Siliņš together with the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and conductor Māris Sirmais.

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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 (1977) and other composers

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

Francis Poulenc represents the so-called “The Six” in French musical history, and he was a master of neo-classicism.  His only composition for the organ is a true masterpiece – Concerto for Organ, Timpani and Strings.  At the close of the Rīga Festival, the concerto will be performed by one of Latvia’s most outstanding organ virtuosos, Iveta Apkalna.  In musical terms, the concerto represents French organ music traditions, masterpieces of German Baroque, jazz and Medieval music.  The roots of Carmina Burana, or “Songs of Bavaria,” also date back to the Middle Ages.  The text is based on poems from the 11th and 12th century that were written in Upper German and Latin and found in a Benedictine cloister in the early 19th century.  The lyrics conjure up everyday images from the era of the Hanseatic League, speaking to the morals, dining habits and seasons of the year from that age.  Carl Orff provided the texts with a new sound.  The cantata Carmina Burana is one of the most famous vocal and instrumental opuses in the world, full of ancient poems and love songs that interweave with lines that are saturated with fairly rough Medieval humour, uplifted praise, a depiction of gambling and parties, patriotic emotions and erotic delight.  These vivid scenes will be conjured up at the Dzintari Concert Hall by a brilliant ensemble of Latvian musicians under the baton of conductor Andris Poga.

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

Coin du Roi orchestra
Christian Frattima, conductor

Programme:

Music by Georg Friedrich Handel, Jean-Baptiste Lully (son), Michel-Richard Delalande, Friedrich II, King of Prussia, Henry Purcell, Marc-Antoine Charpentier 

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

Latvian Radio Choir
Simone van den Dool, conductor

Programme:

Music from Gregorian chants

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

Soloists: Elīna Šimkus, Giulio Alvise Caselli, Anna Chierichetti, Arianna Stornello, Riccardo Botta, Milena Storti, Neringa Radenaite, Elisa De Toffol

Dancers: Kim Tassia Kreipe, Andrew Cummings

Latvian Radio Choir singers, conductor Pēteris Vaickovskis

Orchestra Coin du Roi

Conductor Christian Frattima

Stage director Susanna Guerrini

Scenographer Arjan Shehaj

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

As is the case each year, the Ancient Music Festival at the Rundāle Castle will begin with a musical performance for children.  This time the concert is based on Spanish fairy tales and ancient Spanish music.  The title of the concert, “Wonderful Perl,” is closely linked to a pearl which creates unusual events.  The fairy tale has vivid characters – the beautiful Spanish girl Ursuletta and the wicked wizard, Prince Alvaro.  The main thing is that the fairy tale will allow the audience to learn about beautiful Spanish music by composers such as Sebastian Duron, Gaspar Sanz, Alonso Mudarra and Juan del Ensina.

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

Elīna Šimkus, soprano
Sergejs Jēgers, countertenor
Coin du Roi orchestra
Christian Frattima, conductor

Programme:

Music by Claudio Monteverdi, Georg Friedrich Handel Jean Batista Lully, Jean Pierre Rameau and Antonio Vivaldi

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

At the end of the 17th century, colourful instrumental music flourished in the world of music.  The mandolin took on equal soloist importance along with flutes and various sizes of violins, offering a nuanced and expressive sound that was particularly popular among young noblewomen.  The mandolin was forgotten, but today it is undergoing a true renaissance.  The sonorous name of the Artemandoline Baroque ensemble for Italy only partly reveals the clarity of harmony and the fragile power that relates to the sounds of mandolins and guitars.  The mounter of Artemandoline, Juan Carlos Muñez, conducted a long search for original mandolin compositions from ancient and little known composers, and he has brought together the greatest virtuosos of mandolin and guitar performances from Italy and Spain.  Since 2001, the ensemble has offered audiences an endless set of surprises and creative impulses, bringing Italian Baroque music fully back to life.

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

Mira Glodeanu, violin and musical director

Ernests Neimanis, harpsichord

Baroque orchestra Collegium Musicum Riga

Artistic director Māris Kupčs 

Programme:

Music by Jean-Marie Leclair, François Couperin, Jean-Philippe Rameau 

When?
  • 08/07, 22:00
Where?
Rundāle, Rundāle Castle Garden
Price
20 - 50 €
Musicians:

Yury Revich, violin
Sinfonietta Rīga orchestra
Christian Frattima, conductor

Programme:

Music by Johann Friedrich Fasch, Johann Adolph Hasse, Luigi Boccherini, Antonio Vivaldi 

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?
  • 22/09, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 25 €

In Sinfonietta Rīga we enjoy new discoveries just as much as we savour traditions, avidly looking for commonalities and pondering about musical lineages. This is evident in our season opening concert programme. Along with the classic Joseph Haydn's Symphony in D major – the delightfully romantic and sparkling Violin Concerto by Felix Mendelssohn – who once re-discovered the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. This performance of Baroque grand master's Double Violin Concerto has allowed to fulfil a long-cherished wish of the brilliant violinist Vadim Gluzman – to share the stage with a current student of his former teacher, professor Romāns Šnē. Similar relationships link composers Andris Dzenītis and Pēteris Plakidis, who celebrates his 70th birthday this year – Dzenīts' explosively energetic opus Euphoria is a dedication to his teacher Plakidis.

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When?
  • 05/10, 19:00
Where?
Jūrmala, Dzintari Concert Hall
Price
7 - 25 €
Musicians:

Belcea Quartet:

Corina Belcea, violin I,

Axel Schacher, violin II,

Krzysztof Chorzelski, viola

Antoine Lederlin, cello

Programme:

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) String Quartet Op. 20 n° 4

György Ligeti (1923-2006) String Quartet n° 1 "Metamorphoses nocturnes"

Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904) String Quartet op. 96 "American"

When?
  • 07/10, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 25 €

Tango, the bohemian-flavoured fruit of city nights... Sleepless wandering through narrow streets, in and out of cafés and bars is just as fitting to the image of Buenos Aires as that of Paris. Maybe that is why the paths of so many Argentinians connect these two metropolises. One of them is Marcelo Nisinman, student and close family friend of the tango king Astor Piazzolla. In his own creative career Nisinman follows the path laid down by his grand master friend and teacher. A transformative experience which gave power to Piazzolla's reformative ideas was the time spent in Paris, studying under the legendary Nadia Boulanger, who had a great role also in the life of Igor Stravinsky. The latter – and jazz! – was, in turn, admired by Piazzolla and Les Six, including, of course, Darius Milhaud. 

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When?
  • 20/10, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 25 €

The passionate performances of violinist Lorenza Borrani move audiences and critics alike, and more so enchant and inspire the musicians who have been lucky enough to share the stage with her, united in music. The Italian musician brightly shines in all her creative endeavours – as a concertmaster and orchestra leader, performing with friends and colleagues in different chamber ensembles, as well as a brilliant soloist. Her repertoire has similarly broad range, echoed in this diverse programme: Pēteris Vasks' serene “Epiphany” contrasts with Alfred Schnittke's expressive Sonata, and  the latter's flirtation with Vienna Classical style is performed back-to-back with authentic Classical composition.

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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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When?
  • 15/12, 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?
  • 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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