“Kremerata Baltica” opens the “Riga 2014” concert series “Born in Riga”

“Kremerata Baltica” opens the “Riga 2014” concert series “Born in Riga”
Publicity photo / http://kremeratabaltica-lv.blogspot.com/ . Gidon Kremer and “Kremerata Baltica”
Virtuoso violinist Gidon Kremer and the “Kremerata Baltica” chamber orchestra will perform the first concert in the “Born in Riga” concert series, dedicated to the European Capital of Culture status of the city, at the “Ziemeļblāzma” cultural centre on the 7th of March. “It is truly great that there is such a venue. Gidon Kremer will be performing there for the first time, and I expect this to be a fantastic concert,” says Ingrīda Zemzare, the Director of “Kremerata Baltica”.

She goes on to say that the concert will place greater emphasis on the “Kremerata Baltica” chamber orchestra that was originally founded in Riga. “It is here in Riga that Gidon invited various musicians to set up “Kremerata", now made up of Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian musicians. Therefore the orchestra is a Riga phenomenon - as is Kremer himself. This is how they position and perceive themselves. This also describes Riga very well as a multicultural and multi-ethnic city, home to a lot of cultural events and developments.”

Commenting on the programme of the concert, Ingrīda Zemzare says it will be geographically vast. “Together with the brilliant pianist Andrei Korobeinikov, the orchestra has prepared a special interpretation of a Mozart concerto, and it is not a coincidence that Wagner, Conductor of the Riga City Theatre at the time, staged Mozart’s “Magic Flute” here. That is why Mozart is part of Riga and, likewise, our entire history and culture is intertwined with the culture of Europe.”

The programme also includes a concert by Frederic Chopin that, Ingrīda Zemzare adds, will herald the arrival of spring. “We want the concertgoers to take a walk in the “Ziemeļblāzma” park before the performance, to discover that the spring has come!” The other part of the concert features Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s Quintet, interpreted specially for the orchestra by vibraphonist Andrei Pushkarev. “For dessert, and taking into account the spring mood, we have chosen Astor Piazzolla’s composition for piano and orchestra that has not been performed as often as his other works in Riga.”

The Director of the orchestra also reminds us that this is already the second concert in the “Kremerata Baltica” concert series (the first was performed in Riga St. John’s Church last July when the orchestra was joined by the outstanding cellist and a former resident of Riga, Mischa Maisky). “The traditional “Kremerata Baltica” festival will be held again in July this year. One of the concerts will be in Riga. The concert is being organised in co-operation with the Žanis Lipke Museum; it will present a new composition that Arturs Maskats has dedicated to Žanis and Johana Lipkes. Two concerts will be performed in Sigulda, the co-operation partner of Riga during the European Capital of Culture year.”

Tickets to the March 7 concert are available from “Biļešu paradīze” outlets and online.

The concert series “Born in Riga” is one of the musical events of Riga’s European Capital of Culture programme, which features performances by some of the greatest classical music personalities born in Riga: Gidon Kremer, Baiba Skride, Mischa Maisky, Mariss Jansons and many other world-famous musicians who hail from Riga.

The next concert in the series is scheduled for the 17th of May when soprano Inga Kalna will give a solo concert at the Latvian National Opera at 7 p.m., conducted by the prominent British conductor Julian Reynolds. The programme featurescompositions and arias from operas by Gaetano Donizetti, Gioachino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi and others.

Tickets to Inga Kalna’s concert can be bought at the Latvian National Opera box office.

A magnificent concert will be held at the Latvian National Opera in the evening of the 6th of July, featuring Riga-born opera stars Maija Kovaļevska, Inese Galante, Aleksandrs Antoņenko, Egils Siliņš, violinist Gidon Kremer, cellist Mischa Maisky, violinist Baiba Skride, organist Iveta Apkalna, pianist Vestards Šimkus, Maestro Raimonds Pauls, kokle player Laima Jansone, as well as choirs and an orchestra conducted by Andris Poga.  

The “Born in Riga” concert series will close with a concert by Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, on the 7th of November at the Latvian National Opera at 7 p.m. Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons, popular around the globe, will dedicate the concert to his father, the magnificent conductor Arvīds Jansons on his 100th anniversary.

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