LTV1 to Air “Riga 2014” Concert “Born in Riga”

LTV1 to Air “Riga 2014” Concert “Born in Riga”
Mārtiņš Otto, Riga2014
On Saturday, the 18th of October, the Latvian Television Channel 1 will broadcast one of the greatest musical events to take place in a European Capital of Culture – the “Born in Riga” concert that was performed on a special open-air stage at the Latvian National Opera on the 6th of July, bringing together music stars who hail from Riga.

The broadcast, which will start at 10:20 p.m., will be preceded by the premiere of film director Adriāna Roze’s latest documentary at 9:25 p.m. – “Behind the Talent. Born in Riga” (for an interview with the director, see this link), which follows the organisation of the “Riga 2014” concert “Born in Riga” and at the same time attempts to solve the mystery of talent and find the genius loci of Riga.

At the beginning of October, the recording of the “Born in Riga” concert and Adriāna Roze’s documentary “Behind the Talent. Born in Riga” were screened at the international film festival “Golden Prague”, a major European festival dedicated to documentary films and TV broadcasts about music and dance.
The “Riga 2014” concert “Born in Riga” was watched by hundreds of thousands of viewers all over the world. The concert was aired in Switzerland (RSI Switzerland), Spain (RTVE Spain), Andorra (RTVA Andorra), Slovenia (RTVSLO Slovenia), Ukraine (NTCU Ukraine), Bulgaria (BNT Bulgaria), Finland (YLE Finland), Lithuania (LRT Lithuania), and Estonia (ERR Estonia). In November, the prestigious culture and arts channel ARTE (France, Germany, Austria, Switzerland) will broadcast the concert in co-operation with the Latvian Television. In Latvia, the July concert was one of the most popular TV broadcasts with the audiences.
The “Born in Riga” concert featured Maija Kovaļevska, Inese Galante, Aleksandrs Antoņenko, Egils Siliņš, Mischa Maisky, Baiba Skride, Iveta Apkalna, Vestards Šimkus, Raimonds Pauls and Laima Jansone, Latvian Radio Choir, State Choir “Latvija” and conductor Māris Sirmais, chamber orchestra “Kremerata Baltica”, and an orchestra set up specifically for the project, comprised of the best orchestra musicians in Latvia and Europe. The orchestra was conducted by Andris Poga, whereas the programme of the concert included music by a lot of composers, including six associated with Latvia.
The European Capital of Culture Programme of Riga is prepared and run by the foundation “Riga 2014” in collaboration with state, municipal and non-governmental cultural organisations and creative associations. The Programme is financed by the Riga City Council, Ministry of Culture and the European Commission, and offered to the public in partnership with “Lattelecom”, which also provides technical support for the Programme.


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