This Saturday, October 24, the Sinfonietta Rīga concert hall will take place in the Cēsis Concert Hall. The program will be crowned by the premiere of Uģis Prauliņš’s new work “Elements”.
The Sinfonietta Rīga Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Normunds Šnē, is constantly updating the musical phenomena of the 20th century and various styles, as well as looking for bright phenomena in the world of modern music. This time, in Keith Emerson’s immortal music, Sinfonietta Rīga will search for and find the answer to the question of what happens when high-quality rock music meets the orchestra. At the concert in Cēsis, the audience will hear Keith Emerson’s First Piano Concerto, which will be performed together with the orchestra by Dainis Tenis, pianist of the association “Dagamba”. “The piano concert brings together the most significant aspects of the keyboardist’s talent – a virtuoso solo part, countless connections to pre-written music, impulsive temperament. This is the music of my youth, and the feeling of happiness takes over when I play it with 21st century musicians, ”says Normunds Šnē.
Along with Kiit Emerson’s composition, the concert program includes one of Latvia’s most unaccustomed creative spirits, Plato Buravickis. Listeners will be offered a paraphrase of the work of the British musician and his like-minded people in the composition “EmersoniLaPa”, which was premiered in the reading of “Sinfonietta Rīga” and Normunds Šnē on November 29 last year in the Grand Guild. The biggest event of the evening will be Uģis Prauliņš’s new work “Elements”, whose genre designation is “Eclectic (con) Fusion Symphony in Rock”. Born and raised behind the Iron Curtain, Prauliņš, like Emersons, is a connector of the classical and non-academic world of sounds – with a rock musician’s nerve, but with a huge interest in folk music. “This work is a compilation of my previous experience. Here are respectful and experimental testimonials to the manuscripts and atmospheres of your past ideals and inspirations in music. It is strange, even shocking, to see your name on the poster next to the great inspirer Keith Emerson. Positively ironically – already in the first part of the symphony there is a fairly direct allusion to the outstanding “ELP” concept composition “Tarkus”, the main theme of which has often inspired me to create compositions. This new work is experimental, and I am interested in how the chosen motif and texture solution will sound together. Thank you to everyone who took this risk – to go on such a trip, and to the listeners who will patiently dedicate their evening to the premiere in Cēsis, ”Uģis Prauliņš comments on his new work.