ARTISSIMO Festival Gala Concert

Kremerata Baltica is to appear at Gala concert “Years of Pilgrimage” at ARTISSIMO Festival in Jurmala, Latvia on August 8, Friday.

“Herman Braun Foundation” is carrying out a new project “Years of Pilgrimage.” Famous Latvian opera singers, jazzmen, soloists-instrumentalists, and orchestras are coming to entertain the audience.

“The name of the project encompasses several aspects of the reality of the contemporary life as a musician. Each renown musician is an ambassador of his own culture, school, methods of teaching. He is a pilgrim as well. Pilgrim or a wanderer is a traveler who is looking for experience, knowledge, wisdom and therefore goes on tour.” – Inna Davidova,  pianist-concertmistress, executive manager of “Herman Braun Foundation”

Other participants of the evening include Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, soloists Inga Kalna (soprano), Egils Silins (bass), Elina Buksa (violin), Mischa Maisky (violoncello), Ramon Jaffe (violoncello), Ksenija Sidorova (classical accordion), Janis Bombizo-Fedotovs (vibraphone), Daniil Bulayev (violin).

Find the tickets here.


Menuhin Festival in Switzerland

In Menuhin Festival in Gstaad, Switzerland, that is held in the magnificent alpine area since 1957, Kremerata Baltica and soloists will present a program “Animal Harmonics” 
- a concert for children from 5 years old.

The idea of “Animal Harmonics” was born in 2010 of Gidon Kremer’s wish to bring classical music closer to children. The music resounds in child’s understanding and his own world of discoveries – all of this is done in narrative and playful way.

The musicians of this project are chosen from Kremerata Baltica ensemble to take care of the musical realization. The classical music is involved here in fairytales, in many animals with their characteristic tone sounds that are represented by excerpts from works of various composers – this is the musical core of the project’s concept. Animal figures, well known in the literature (The Nightingale, Babar the Elephant and Ferdinand the Bull) are portrayed musically.

Performers: Gidon Kremer (violin), 
Maria Fedotova (flute), 
Michael Dangl (actor, narrator), Ula Ulijona Zebriunaite (viola), Kremerata Baltica members:
 Dainius Peseckas (violin), Madara Petersone (violin), 
Giedre Dirvanauskaite (violoncello), 
Jurgis Buinevicius (double bass), 
Andrei Pushkarev (percussion).

More information here.

65th Menton Festival de Musique

On August 1st Kremerata Baltica and Gidon Kremer is giving a concert at 65th Menton Festival de Musique. The program includes works by A. Vivaldi, A. Piazzolla, and P. Glass with three distinctive musical interpretations of seasons of the year.

Menton Music Festival is the oldest classical music festival in France, which is gathering renowned orchestras and musicians since 1950. Just a year before the first festival, the idea was born in the mind of André Böröcz. While visiting Menton he was inspired by the harmony feeling while looking at Saint Michel square with its beautiful Baroque Church, the horizon at the Mediterranean sea and hearing the second partita for violin by Bach being played on a radio. This moment of a perfect arrangement had to be relived.

More about the concert here.