London Symphony Orchestra visits Latvia for the first time

London Symphony Orchestra visits Latvia for the first time
Micke Wiberg . London Symphony Orchestra conductor Daniel Harding
The London Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert at the Latvian National Opera on the 25th of May; tickets to the concert went on sale on Monday, the 3rd of March. The concert is part of the European Capital of Culture Riga programme and a truly unique event as the London Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading symphony orchestras in the world. During the concert in Riga, the orchestra, conducted by principal guest Daniel Harding, will perform masterpieces of Romantic music: Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 and Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony.

The London Symphony Orchestra is arguably the most famous of the world’s five leading symphony orchestras – an ensemble of outstanding musicians led by principal conductor Valery Gergiev and principal guest conductors Daniel Harding and Michael Tilson Thomas. The orchestra has also collaborated with the most popular Latvian musicians – mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, violinist Gidon Kremer, conductors Mariss Jansons and Andris Nelsons. The orchestra gives regular concerts at the Lincoln Centre in New York, the Salle Pleyel in Paris, Aix-en-Provance Festival, and frequently performs in concert halls of the Far East, North America, the largest cities of Europe – and in May it comes to Riga with a concert at the Latvian National Opera.

The London Symphony Orchestra is based at the famous “Barbican” art centre in London. The orchestra gives around 140 concerts annually, performing equally often in London as elsewhere in the world. The London Symphony Orchestra is the leader among the world’s greatest symphony orchestras in terms of the number of recordings and a great versatility thereof. The orchestra’s first gramophone recording was made back in 1912. Over a period of more than a hundred years, the orchestra has recorded a large number of albums, soundtracks for films and major public events. The orchestra’s performance together with Rowan Atkinson at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games, conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, is still fresh in people’s memories. The London Symphony Orchestra has also recorded music for such films as “Harry Potter”, “Star Wars”, “The King’s Speech”, “Superman” and “Brave”.

The London Symphony Orchestra’s principal guest conductor Daniel Harding often collaborates with the Dresden Staatskapelle, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leipzig “Gewandhaus” Orchestra, “La Scala” Philharmonic Orchestra. He has been the conductor for new opera productions in Milan’s “La Scala”, the Royal Opera House in London, Salzburg and Aix-en-Provance festivals.

Conducted by Daniel Harding, the London Symphony Orchestra will perform masterpieces of Romantic music during the concert in Riga: Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 and Gustav Mahler’s First Symphony.

The London Symphony Orchestra’s concert is organised by the LNO in co-operation with the Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. The concert is supported by the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation as part of the “Tete-a-Tete” arts festival, and by the “Riga 2014” foundation.

For more information about the orchestra, visit the London Symphony Orchestra website. This site presents several videos about the orchestra.

Below is an interview with the orchestra conductor Daniel Harding:

Tickets to the concert are available from the 3rd of March at the Latvian National Opera box office and “Biļešu paradīze” outlets and online shop.

Information about the concert has also been posted on the Latvian National Opera website.

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