Riga City Festival promises a three week celebration
As artistic director of the festival Guntars Ķirsis mentioned today in the press conference, every concert the public will hear has been carefully ‘incubated’ to find its particular place in the program.
We are proud that Riga City Festival is based on our national talent. This is an opportunity for the artists and audience to meet. And the festival program itself approaches the work of art in how carefully selected and different it is,’ Ķirsis said indicating that it will not be reserved only to Riga; three concerts are scheduled for Saulkrasti and Mežotne castle. ‘Besides, we are glad that we have major friends who enable art events in time when finding support for arts is difficult,’ added Ķirsis.
Vestards Šimkus said he felt honored to open the festival.
Beauty of Wagner’s music is also encoded in Riga as composer lived here for a while. Therefore, it is perfectly located to be played in Riga City Festival.
The beauty is found in the new album's original approach to Wagner; it is the great German composer touched by the intimacy of chamber music rather than typical Wagner with great, tempestuous orchestral sound and voice,’ Vestards Šimkus says of his latest production, adding that ‘Wagner’s Idyll’ unites his half-hour ‘Fantasy’ and three transcripts of his operas. ‘Most of the pianists do not play this program, therefore, this may be a unique chance to hear Wagner’s compositions in this kind of a concert,’ noted Šimkus.
Concert ‘Pärt, Vasks and Sylvestrov’ will be given in St. Peter’s church in Riga on June 12 where a new work of composer Pēteris Vasks – his dedication to late poet Imants Ziedonis will be premiered.
‘This composition – ‘Love Songs’ – will form the central axis of the concert. I still think that this spring has been Ziedonis’ spring and his phenomenon has significantly stirred our creative space so that creative spirit finds its expression in new musical work,’ said conductor and artistic director of Latvian Radio Choir Sigvards Kļava adding that we have grown a deficit of solitude and peace in our amok like tempo of life.
Concert will be composed of music of Estonian Arvo Pärt, Ukrainian Valentine Sylvestrov and Latvian Pēteris Vasks – each encoding a different view, and since it will be a nocturnal concert, silence, peace and love will be its part.
We will remind that, presented by singer Renārs Kaupers, Latvian Radio Choir, instrumental group and conductor Sigvards Kļava, concert program ‘Imants un Ziedonis’ - Imants Ziedonis’ poetry composed by Imants Kalniņš and recordings of poet himself - will return to stage in Railway Museum on June 18 at 18.00 and 20.00.
Spīķeri concert hall will offer concert ‘Charm of cello and accordion’ on June 17 and 19 uniting on stage the excellent Latvian accordionist Xenia Sidorova, who has already earned recognition in Europe and cellist of chamber orchestra ‘Sinfonietta Rīga’ Guna Āboliņa for the third time. ‘I am very glad about this opportunity to participate in Riga City Festival with program of chamber music, which is not so frequently encountered for the combination of accordion and cello. Created intention to convey meaning by each composition, the concert will mingle the XX century classic and contemporary moods,’ Xenia gives the taste of the up-coming concerts, underlining that accordion is not a typical instrument for the classical music stage but is good in duets, for example, with cello to create, both, dance and divinity.
Railway Museum will host a unique concert on June 13 bringing the stars of percussion to the stage. One of its participants – percussionist and composer Rihards Zaļupe says: ‘It will be a particular concert in that it will join three generations of percussionists.
The program includes compositions, which every percussionist hopes to interpret in his lifetime.
My composition for ten kettledrums will see its second premiere in this concert, played by group of percussion instruments. Reich and Ravel are in the program; therefore, it is versatile in style and composers.’ Rihards Zaļupe underlined that idea to bring forth percussionists belongs to Guntars Freibergs who will also be on stage.
Dzintari concert hall was chosen for the venue of the big final concert of Riga City Festival on June 20. Its audience will hear outstanding Latvian violinist Baiba Skride, Canadian mezzo soprano Misha Brueggergosman and National Symphony Orchestra of Lithuania conducted by Modestas Pitrenas who is well known in Latvia. ‘This concert will open a significant page in the history of Lithuanian music offering one of the most famous violin concerts, Violin Concerto by Pyotr Tchaikovsky interpreted by Baiba Skride and Wagner’s songs in Misha Brueggergosman’s interpretation,’ artistic director of the Festival said of the final concert in its program.
For the first time this year, the Festival will offer a foray into visual arts. Exhibition ‘Alternative fashion before the arrival of gloss, 1985-1995’ will open on June 8 in the Center for Contemporary Art ‘kim?’, created in collaboration with the Center of Contemporary Art ‘Garage’ in Moscow to invite the audience till July 14.
Full Riga City Festival program is found on rigasfestivals.lv