One of the most significant cultural monuments offering a comprehensive program of culture with participation of local and foreign guest artists. In 1936 a closed type concert hall architected according to the projects of Alexander Birzenieks and Victor Mellenburg with 690 seats, the interior of which retaining three separate paintinging - “Lielupe”, “Jūra” (“Sea”) and “Latvia” by Ansis Cirulis, a master of applied and decorative arts and inhabitant of Jurmala ”. In 1960 an open air summer concert hall was built with the capacity of welcoming 2000 people as an audience. Architects Modris Gelzis, Alberts Vecsilis, constructor Andris Bite. The decoration of metal constructions of the concert hall with a wooden sidings provide a great acoustics. In 2015, after a full reconstruction the historical small hall of the closed type concert hall was opened to the audience.
Performers: Seong-Jin Cho (piano), London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Gianandrea Noseda
Nikolai RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Suite The Invisible City of Kitezh
Sergei PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No 2 in G minor op. 16
Dmitri SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 6 in B minor op. 54
At the heart of the final weekend of the RĪGA JŪRMALA Music Festival is an orchestra which could easily be called the bravest and wittiest of the world’s orchestras. The concept of “boundaries” doesn’t seem to apply to the London Symphony Orchestra. Since its founding in 1904, the ensemble has always been avant garde, introducing or encapsulating the trends of the time. The Orchestra was the first to make records, film music, found its own record label, play at the Opening Ceremony for the Olympic Games and has taken contemporary music to new heights.
The LSO’s Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda and Korean pianist Seong-Jin Cho first collaborated in a recording of Frédéric Chopin’s music. Today the musicians will perform Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 at the RĪGA JŪRMALA Music Festival.Close
Performers: Ying Fang (soprano) and Ken Noda (piano)
HÄNDEL Endless Pleasure (Semele)
HÄNDEL Angels Ever Bright and Fair (Theodora)
SCHUBERT Viola, D. 876
SCHUBERT Nacht und Träume, D. 827
SCHUBERT Ganymed, D. 544
MOZART Deh vieni non tardar (Le nozze di Figaro)
MOZART S’altro che lagrime (La Clemenza di Tito)
MOZART Misera, dove son!, K.369
BIZET Chanson d’avril
BIZET La Coccinelle
RACHMANINOFF Selections from Romances, Op.38
One of the most promising young sopranos in the world, Ying Fang is seen as one of the most talented Chinese opera singers of her generation. The press have praised her vocal vitality, attractiveness, and ability to inhabit many different emotional states, also putting to use her charming, flirtatious acting talent. Fang sings with a sophisticated lightness and directness, both dignified and convincing. It would be incorrect to call her “promising” – according to many critics she is already a fully matured artist.
Fang feels equally free with the music of different eras, paying particular attention to the greats of Baroque and Romanticism. In Jūrmala, Fang will be joined on stage by prominent pianist and vocal coach Ken Noda, whose primary role is at the Metropolitan Opera, but has given concerts with almost all of the world’s leading opera singers.
With concerts taking place in the historic cities of Riga and Jurmala, the Riga Jurmala Music Festival features four weekends throughout the summer. A leading international orchestra and conductor anchor each weekend, offering a range of symphonic concerts and recitals that feature leading stars and young up-and-coming talent.Close
Performers: Vadim Repin (violin), London Symphony Orchestra, conductor Gianandrea Noseda
Benjamin BRITTEN Four Sea Interludes op. 33a and Passacaglia op. 33b from “Peter Grimes”
Max BRUCH Violin Concerto No. 1 in G minor op. 26
Piotr TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 in E minor op. 64
At the heart of the final weekend of the RĪGA JŪRMALA Music Festival is an orchestra which could be called the bravest and wittiest of the world’s orchestras. The concept of “boundaries” doesn’t seem to apply to the London Symphony Orchestra – since its founding in 1904, the ensemble has always been avant garde, introducing or approving the trends of the time. The orchestra was the first make records, film music, found its own record label, play at the Opening Ceremony for the Olympic Games and take contemporary music to new heights.
Performing along with the LSO, under the baton of its Principal Guest Conductor Gianandrea Noseda, will be Russian violinist Vadim Repin. Fiery passion with impeccable technique, poetry and sensitivity are his trademarks. He entered the world music arena almost as a child prodigy, winning gold at the Wienawski Competition at the age of 11. Since then, he has performed in the most famous concert halls of Europe, America and Asia. At the age of seventeen, he became the youngest ever winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition.Close
Performers: Luca Debargue, piano
Domenico SCARLATTI Sonatas
Jochann Sebastian BACH Toccata in C minor BWV 911
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor op. 111
Lucas Debargue was discovered by the music world after his performance at the 15th International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 2015. “Debargue is a befuddling case of musical potential. His talent is real; his training, mysterious; his artistry, at times arrestingly beautiful. Not since Ivo Pogorelich in 1980 has a pianist garnered more attention for, essentially, not winning a competition” summarised critics (KQED). Adding: “Power, subtlety, control, imagination, taste – he’s got it all” (Le Point). Debargue has performed in Latvia multiple times andhas become a firm favourite of our audiences.Close
Performers: DAGAMBA - Valters Pūce (cello), Antons Trocjuks (cello), Dainis Tenis (keyboard), Hamidreza Rahbaralam (percussions), Artūrs Jermaks (drums), Latvian Radio Bigband
Programme: pieces by Pyotr Tchaikovsky and original music by DAGAMBA
The new concert programme is based on the idea of modern tradition creating an unusual collaboration between different musicians, thus discovering astonishing, unique and unheard-of tones. The concert programme “DAGAMBA feat TCHAIKOVSKY” includes not only Peter Tchaikovsky. It interacts with original music of the band, exceeding classical standards and making the seemingly impossible possible.
“Tchaikovsky, one of the great classics, is also present in modern times. His music is used in cinema soundtracks and computer games, while seeing the ballet “Nutcracker” is a Christmas tradition for many families worldwide. Therefore our new programme is a collaboration with the great master as if he were still living among us, just as his music is,” says Valters Pūce, leader of the band.
“When beginning the creation of the new concert programme we realised what a challenge it is to work with the romantic and deep music of Tchaikovsky. It is emotional and melodic, while DAGAMBA gives it dynamism and the rhythm of rock,” says pianist Dainis Tenis.Close
Performers: Gidon Kremer (violin), Sergey and Andrei Osokin (piano), Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra
Two part programme:
String Sextet by Bohuslav Martinů.
Performed by: Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra
Intermezzo op.10/2 by George Enesco
Performed by: Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra
Dinu Lipatti’s Concertante Symphony for Two Pianos and String Orchestra
Performed by: Sergey and Andrei Osokins
Mieczysław Weinberg’s Symphony No. 10.
Performed by: Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica Chamber Orchestra