On 2nd – 5th of July the XI Kremerata Baltica festival Riga’s Stars is inviting all classical music lovers to Riga and Sigulda from all over Latvia and other countries! Several concerts from the cycle „Born in Riga” will take place during the festival, as this year Riga is the European Capital of Culture.
July 2nd at Splendid Palace cinema in Riga: official presentation of the book „A Letter to a Young Pianist” by Gidon Kremer. Later that night – the premier of the film „Gidon’s Riga” dedicated to Gidon Kremer.
July 3rd at the Great Guild concert hall in Riga: in cooperation with “Riga 2014″ and the team of “Lipke memorial”, Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer offer a concert „Zanis and Johanna. Love.” For the first time in Latvia together with scenographer Reinis Suhanovs Kremerata Baltica will perform the piece „Midnight in Riga” by Arturs Maskats, which is specially dedicated to Zanis Lipke and Johanna Lipke with soloists Gidon Kremer (violin), Giedre Dirvanauskaite (violoncello), and Andrei Pushkarev (vibraphone). Also in the program: Second violin concerto „The American Four Seasons” (2009) by Philip Glass, and Chamber Symphony No.2 Op.147 (1987) by Mieczyslav Weinberg.
July 4th, Sigulda concert hall Baltais Flīģelis: in the concert „Masters and Master Works” Kremerata Baltica will perform together with Lauma Skride (piano).
July 5th, Sigulda concert hall Baltais Flīģelis: closing concert of the festival „Time for Schubert: Love and Loneliness” will take place. Performance together with Riga’s Stars Baiba Skride (violin), Ksenija Sidorova (accordion), and a nine-year-old Daniil Bulajev (violin).
An exceptional performance of Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica supplemented with video projections!
In the program you will hear excerpts from “The Art of Instrumentation: A Tribute to Glenn Gould” – works of J. S. Bach inspired by and dedicated to one of the most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century, the legendary performer of J. S. Bach – Glenn Gould.
With Gidon Kremer there is only one step from J. S. Bach to A. Piazzolla! Later in the program – Suite Punta del Este by Astor Piazzolla, where original bandoneon is replaced with a vibraphone (Andrei Pushkarov). The evening is completed with Second Violin Concerto “The American Four Seasons” by Philip Glass. Inspired by A. Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”, the work of P. Glass enables the listener to decide which part of the piece represents specific season of the year.
During the concert you will see video projections by Jonas Mekas (*1922), a filmmaker, poet and artist of Lithuanian origin who has often been called “the godfather of American avant-garde cinema,” Rimas Sakalauskas (*1985), youngest generation video artist from Lithuania; Adam Magyar (*1972), Berlin-based Hungarian photographer; and Pingo van der Brinkloev, Danish high end visual effects artist.
Kremerata Baltica is giving a couple of concerts in the 50th Music Festival of Touraine in France.
On 14th of June, you can hear Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer (violin) at “Grange De Meslay,” playing excerpts from “The Art of Instrumentation: A Tribute to Glenn Gould” – works of J. S. Bach inspired by records of one of the most celebrated classical pianists of the 20th century – Glenn Gould. Also in the program of the evening – Second Violin Concerto “The American Four Seasons” by Philip Glass. Inspired by A. Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons”, the work of P. Glass gives “no instructions for the audience, no clues as to where Spring, Summer, Winter, and Fall might appear in the new concerto – an interesting, though not worrisome, problem for the listener“ (Philip Glass).
On 15th of June, Kremerata Baltica will perform together with Gidon Kremer (violin), Yulianne Avdeeva (piano), and Andrei Pushkarov (vibraphone) as soloists. Inspiring program of works by F. Schubert, W. A. Mozart, F. Chopin, and A. Piazzolla.
More details about each concert here.
In this year’s Ludwigsburg Castle Festival Kremerata Baltica is performing together with a talented Russian-German pianist Igor Levit.
A perfect match of two young, energetic, and professional performers is going to give an emotional interpretation of works by Franz Schubert (String Quartet Movement in C minor), Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Piano concerto in E major), Benjamin Britten (“Young Apollo” for piano and strings), and Piotr Tchaikovsky (Serenade for Strings in C major).
For more details about the concert, please click here.
Straight after the concert in Lucerne, Kremerata Baltica is traveling to Luxemburg – an internationally renowned Festival International Echternach 2014. Together with Gidon Kremer (violin), Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla (conductor), Mate Bekavac (clarinet), Giedre Dirvanauskaite (violoncello), and Andrei Pushkarev (vibraphone).
Arturs Maskats (1957) “Midnight in Riga” (for violin, violoncello, vibraphone, and strings) Soloists Gidon Kremer (violin), Giedre Dirvanauskaite (violoncello), Andrei Pushkarov (vibraphone)
Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990) Serenade after Plato’s “Symposium” (for violin, harp, percussion, and strings)
Soloist Gidon Kremer (violin)
Mieczyslaw Weinberg (1919-1996) Chamber symphony No.4, op.153 (for clarinet, triangle, and strings)
Soloist Mate Bekavac (clarinet)
We are very happy to announce that on May 31st Kremerata Baltica will perform in Luzern, Switzerland! Together with Gidon Kremer (violin), Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla (conductor), Giedre Dirvanauskaite (violoncello), Andrei Pushkarov (vibraphone), Mate Bekavac (clarinet), and Ksenija Sidorova (accordion) we will give a concert as a part of “Zaubersee – Russian Music Lucerne 2014”.
Don’t hesitate and come! We have prepared a unique and definitely fantastic repertoire by A. Maskats, L. Bernstein, E. Podgaits, and M. Weinberg…
A wonderful tour to Bavaria, a region in South of Germany, awaits us at the end of this May. In a set of two concerts – in Fürth and in Würzburg – together with Latvian conductor Andris Vesimanis and soloists Gidon Kremer (violin), Fadia Tomb El-Hage (contralto), Mohammad Taha (percussion) and Maias Alyamani (violin) we present our latest special expression of art. It shall be called the Arabic-Baltic Spring. Why? Because of the repertoire – fresh, interesting, very extravagant and full of wonderful, exotic harmonies from the Baltic States and countries such as Sudan, Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria.
Unique possibility to hear and watch a live broadcast of concert in Fürth! If you are not around on 28th of May, be sure to click the button on the right at 20:00 and meet our great soloists and Kremerata Baltica on-line.
FÜRTH, 28 May 2014, 20:00, Stadttheater
WÜRZBURG, 29 May 2014, 20:00, Residenz – Kaisersaal
1. Arvo Pärt (1935) “Orient & Occident” (for string orchestra) 2. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) “Ouverture to the “Abduction from the Seraglio” (Instrumented for strings by Andrei Pushkarev) 3. Rageh Daoud (1954) “Dialogue” (for violin and string orchestra) Soloist Madara Petersone (Latvia), violin 4. Michael Nyman (1944) “Trysting fields” (for violin, viola, and strings (on KV 364)) Soloists Gidon Kremer, violin; Santa Vizine (Latvia), viola 5. Joelle Khoury (Lebanon) “Variations on Imaginery Folk Dances” (A work commissioned to Kremerata Baltica) Soloist Fadia Tomb El-Hage (Lebanon), contralto 6. Joelle Khoury (Lebanon) “Of Memories Folks and I” Soloist Fadia Tomb El-Hage (Lebanon), contralto 7. Alexander Raskatov (1953) “5 minutes of the life by W.A.M.” (for violin, percussion, and strings) (Written for Kremerata Baltica) Soloist Gidon Kremer, violin 8. Ali Osman Alhaj (Sudan-Egypt) “Fusion” Soloist Mohammad Taha (Jordan), percussion 9. Arturs Maskats (1957) “Midnight in Riga” (for violin, cello, vibraphone, and orchestra) (Written for Kremerata Baltica) Soloists Gidon Kremer, violin; Giedre Dirvanauskaite (Lithuania), violoncello; Andrei Pushkarev (Latvia-Ukraine), vibraphone 10. Maias Alyamani (Syria) “Omar” (for violin solo, percussion, and string orchestra) Soloists Maias Alyamani (Syria), violin; Mohammad Taha (Jordan), percussion 11. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) “Serenata Notturna KV 239 Nr.6 in D major” (for two small orchestras and timpani) Soloists Dzeraldas Bidva (Lithuania), violin; Gidon Kremer, violin; Santa Vizine (Latvia), viola; Oskars Bokanovs (Latvia), doublebass; Andrei Pushkarev (Latvia-Ukraine), timpani
During the first half of May Kremerata Baltica will give several concerts around Europe, where we will be accompanied by Gidon Kremer (violin) and lately well-acknowledged Lithuanian conductor Mirga Grazinyte-Tyla. We are more than happy to welcome you to any of the following concerts to enjoy a wonderful program together with us.
A.Maskats “Midnight in Riga” for violin, cello, vibraphone, and orchestra
Bizet-Shchedrin “Carmen Suite”