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: opera soloists Aleksandrs Antoņenko (tenor), Egils Siliņš (bass baritone), Deniz Uzun (mezzo-soprano, Germany), Alisa Zinovjeva (soprano), Jūrmala festival orchestra, conductor Vello Pähn (Estonia)
Performers: Riga Cathedral Boys Choir, conductor Mārtiņš Klišāns and Raimonds Tiguls
Composer Raimonds Tiguls and Riga Cathedral Boys’ Choir, led by Mārtiņš Klišāns, will perform this year with a concert in Dzintari Concert Hall. The concert will include the composer’s new pieces, a few older popular works performed at the Song Festival, such as the song ‘Lec, Saulīte’ and ‘Dod Dieviņi’, and charming Christmas melodies.Close
Performers: Daniil Bulayev (violin), Latvian National symphony orchestra, conductor Andris Poga
Two part concert
Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
’Winter’’ from the group of violin concerts ’The Four Seasons’’
Astor Piazzolla (1921–1992)
’’The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’’
Richard Wagner (1813–1883)
’’The Siegfried Idyll’’
In 2014 a large-scale concert “Born in Riga” was held in the Opera Square where the violinist Daniil Bulayev impressively introduced the local and foreign public with his heartfelt violin solo; he was only 10 years old then. The young violinist, graduate of the Emīls Dārziņš Music School, has performed together with the Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian, Armenian, Chinese symphonic and chamber orchestras, also including Kremerata Baltica, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, “Moscow Virtuosi”, The State Symphony Orchestra of the Republic of Tatarstan, Makao Symphonic Orchestra. The musician participated in the festivals Avanti!, Artissimo, International Festival of Ancient Music at Rundāle, Musica mundi (Belgium), “New Talents” (Armenia), Iguazú in Concert (Argentina), Flourishing Arts (Makao), Altolivenzafestival Giovani (Italy) etc. Received the Grand Prix and 1st prize in international contests in Riga, Vilnius, Moscow, Italy, China.
Andris Poga is the Music Director and Chief Conductor of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra since the 2013/2014 season. International career of Andris Poga started when he won First Prize in the Evgeny Svetlanov International Conducting Competition in 2010. Highlights of recent seasons have included concerts with the leading orchestras of Germany, France, Italy, Japan and other countries – NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Wiener Symphoniker, NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester Hamburg, WDR Symphony Cologne, Munich Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dresden Philharmonic, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig and others. Andris has graduated the conducting department of the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music. He also studied philosophy at the University of Latvia and conducting with Uroš Lajovic at the Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts. Andris Poga will be the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra’s new Chief Conductor starting from the 2021/22 season.
The Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO), whose history spans nearly a century, is one of the foundations of Latvian national culture. The LNSO’s mission is to provide excellent musical performances of a wide spectrum of symphony music repertoire, to introduce Latvian listeners to the world’s classic and contemporary works and, likewise, to acquaint audiences abroad with Latvian music treasures.
One of the main aims of the LNSO involves continuously seeking and finding new audiences by creating educational programmes in a modern, creative, fresh format.
The LNSO is a five-time winner of Latvia’s highest classical music award – the Grand Music Award (1993, 2009, 2012, 2013, and 2016).
In the past six years, the LNSO has performed in Alte Oper Frankfurt and Théâtre des Champs Elysées in Paris, in Grand Théâtre de Provence of Aix-en-Provence and in Arsenal de Metz. The orchestra’s performances include nine concerts in the renowned Crazy Day festival in Nantes, appearances in the Roque-d’Anthéron international piano festival, Bratislava concert hall, and Philharmonie de Paris. In the most recent tours, the LNSO teamed up with dazzling violinist Baiba Skride, outstanding cellist Alexander Knyazev, brilliant pianists Nicholas Angelich and Boris Berezovsky, young top talents Lukas Geniušas and Lucas Debargue.
As regards future tours, the LNSO plans to perform with Iveta Apkalna at the Philharmonie de Paris in 2021.
Performers: Kristīne Balanas (violin), Marlēna Keine (vocal), Agnese Egliņa (piano).
As Gioachino Rossini’s ‘La Danza’ says, ‘The hour is beautiful for dancing, anyone in love will not miss it.’ We invite you to a passionate dance under the sun that combines a longing and an interminable vigour in the Spanish and Gypsy Music concert programme, which, last season, brought much praise both from the audience and from the critics. Spanish violin virtuoso Pablo Sarasate wrote down Gypsy melodies and brought Bizet’s Carmen passion to his instrument; Maurice Ravel, the French composer with Basque roots, created a free and exotic fantasy in his ‘Tzigane’ (‘Gypsy’) for the violin.
The listeners will have an opportunity to discover Spanish composers such as Barbieri, Obradors, Montsalvatge and Chapí, as well as the Spanish musical theatre tradition of zarzuela. Marlēna Keine’s brilliant and powerful soprano will colour the cançons, romances and southern poems. The energy of virtuosic Gypsy music and the beauty of melody will be heard in the violin performance of the young and talented musician Kristīne Balana. The Spanish rhythms and harmonies, the rattle of the castanet, and the jingling of the tambourine will be accompanied by the pianist Agnese Egliņa, in her masterful performance full of colourful details.Close
Performers: Latvian Radio Choir, conductor Sigvards Kļava
Programme: Pyotr Tchaikovsky "Evening Prayers"
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
THE LATVIAN RADIO CHOIR (LRC)
The LRC is a unique musical group in the domain of choral music – here is a chamber choir able to perform the widest repertoire from the early music to the most sophisticated scores created by modern composers. The LRC is a creative lab insistently encouraging composers to write music that challenges the scale of vocal possibilities – from traditional singing to overtones and quarter tones.
Since 1992, the LRC has two conductors: music director and principal conductor Sigvards Kļava and conductor Kaspars Putniņš. Over the last 20 years, the LRC has developed an unprecedented notion of a choir – every chorister has his or her own mission and individual contribution. As a result, the blend of all these timbral qualities defines choral ensemble’s sound. The expertise of the singers has made the LRC a remarkably flexible ensemble able to deal with a wide variety of musical genres: vocal and instrumental music as well as opera performances, multi-media projects, intimate a capella conversations and theatrical shows in which the singer express themselves as versatile soloists, talented actors and instrumentalists.
The choir has repeatedly received the Latvian Great Music Award (the highest national award for professional achievement) as well as the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers Award and other awards.
SIGVARDS KĻAVA, conductor
Sigvards Kļava has been the artistic director of the Latvian Radio Choir (LRC) since 1992. As a result of his steady efforts, the LRC has become an internationally recognised, vocally distinctive musical group welcome at the top music festivals and invited to collaborate with the most outstanding composers and conductors.
Kļava’s LRC projects are deliberate narratives, musical expeditions involving exploration of the phenomenon of singing and voice and seeking bridges between the archaic and contemporary, the eternal and mundane via inspiring thematic concert programmes. Churches have filled with audiences eager to listen to the choir’s higly regarded programmes Litany, The Prayer of Mother Theresa and Evening Conversations at St. John’s Church.
It was Kļava’s idea to cooperate with prominent representatives of academic and non-academic music, the clergy and contemporary musicians to fuse contemporary music experiments with cultural heritage and broaden the view of the possibilities of the human voice. The choir’s theatrical programmmes Imants and Ziedonis, The Poet and the Mermaid, Vācietis: Piano Concerto, Atlantīda (composers Imants Kalniņš and Arturs Maskats) have been particular favourites with audiences. Kļava has also directed tributes to Latvian heroes and cultural giants by preparing music for the filmed epic poem Lāčplēsis (Bear Slayer) and Writer, a stage production dedicated to poet Broņislava Martuževa.
Sigvards Kļava has received the Latvian Great Music Award several times. He is also a recipient of the Latvian Cabinet of Ministers Award and the Order of the Three Stars. He has been a principal conductor of the Latvian Song Festival since 1990.
Kļava has conducted concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in London, the Elbphilharmonie, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Berlin Philharmonic and elsewhere. He takes part in international juries and educational projects. As a guest conductor, Kļava has performed with the Netherlands Radio Choir, the Netherlands Opera Choir, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Cappella Amsterdam, the Berlin RIAS Chamber Choir, the MDR Leipzig Radio Choir and many others.Close
The leading world symphony orchestras and conductors will be performing in Jūrmala. The programme includes symphonic music, chamber music, and solo concerts, as well as the unique opportunity to meet the stars and young talents of academic music.Close