Festival “Artissimo” to Close with the Concert “Years of Pilgrimage”

Festival “Artissimo” to Close with the Concert “Years of Pilgrimage”
LETA . The outstanding opera singer Inga Kalna will also participate in the “Years of Pilgrimage” concert
The festival “Artissimo” gala concert “Years of Pilgrimage” will be at the Dzintari Concert Hall on the 8th of August at 7 p.m., according to the Herman Braun Foundation.

Participating in the concert will be soprano Inga Kalna, bass Egils Siliņš, violinist Elīna Bukša, cellists Mischa Maisky and Ramon Jaffé, accordionist Ksenija Sidorova, vibraphonist Jānis Bombizo-Fedotovs, violinist Daniils Bulajevs, chamber orchestra “Kremerata Baltica” and the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Ainārs Rubiķis.

For many years in a row starting in 1998, the Herman Braun Foundation has been organising the concert series “Urbi et Orbi”, featuring artists who were born and studied in Riga and went on to conquer the world – the East and West, Vienna and Novosibirsk, New York and St. Petersburg… Continuing this profound and beautiful concept, the Herman Braun Foundation launches a new concert series, titled “Years of Pilgrimage”.

An artist is but a pilgrim. He is someone who has experienced a lot, and this experience enriches his life and is passed on to the listener. Yet this kind of experience comes from not only foreign cities and lands, or new friends, but also from new compositions, from the artist’s very soul that acquires new depths as years go by. 

“This is the idea at the heart of our work on the new international project. It is still in our minds now that Riga has become the European Capital of Culture 2014, therefore the concert that will close the second international music festival “Artissimo” will also be the opening concert for the new concert series. We will continue to bring you the opportunity to meet virtuosos as well as young, talented musicians, and ensembles representing all music genres,” the Herman Braun Foundation informs.

The chamber orchestra “Kremerata Baltica” and the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra are, undeniably, the pride and joy of Latvia, surprising listeners by their outstanding ensemble, stylistic variety, excellent repertoire and new interpretations of classical music. For the first time during the festival, the concert will be conducted by Ainārs Rubiķis, the Chief Conductor of the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre and the winner of Russia’s “Golden Mask” award.

The concert will feature the outstanding Latvian opera singers Inga Kalna and Egils Siliņš – who has probably sung all the possible baritone and bass opera arias at the greatest opera houses of the world. A number of acclaimed instrumentalists will also participate in the concert: the brilliant cellists Mischa Maisky and Ramon Jaffé, the talented violinist Elīna Bukša who currently continues her studies in Brussels, and the ten-year-old violinist Daniils Bulajevs who has already won the listeners’ hearts at the “Avanti” spring festivals. And the charming accordionist Ksenija Sidorova and Emīls Dārziņš Music School’s graduate, vibraphonist Jānis Bombizo-Fedotovs will lend yet greater variety to the concert’s programme.

The concert will be made up of three parts, each showcasing unforgettable performances reminiscent of travels and visits to faraway countries: Latin American rhythms, pleasant strolls in Italy, an evening in New York, an early morning in Riga…


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