LNSO announces concerts for the second half of this season

As the end of the year approaches, Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO) has announced concerts for the first half of 2023, in order to continue to offer listeners vibrant new programs of symphonic and chamber music in the 97th season, which will include works by great musicians as well as several premieres.

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According to representatives of the LNSO, well-known Latvian conductors will take the stage together with the orchestra – Christina Poska, Andris PogaGintars Rinkēvičs, Olari Eltss, etc. The interest of the younger generation of listeners will be looked after by friends of the orchestra – the LeNeSOn doll and the musician Goran Gora More or Jānis Holsteins. A meeting with the artistic director and chief conductor of the LNSO, the young and talented Finn awaits you Peltokski moth.

Listeners will be able to meet LNSO’s new artistic director Tarmo Peltokoski twice in Riga. Richard Strauss’s symphonic poem “Don Juan”, the suite “Rožu Cavalieris” and the symphonic fantasy from the opera “Shadowless Woman”, as well as that of Alfred Schnitke, will be performed at the concert “LNSO, Peltokoski, Strauss and Schnittke” in the Great Guild on March 31st at 7.00 pm Third “Concerto grosso”. Soloists – Darja Smirnova and Georg Sarkisyan. On April 1st at 17:00, the same concert program will be heard in the “Latvija” concert hall in Ventspils.

Tarmo Peltokoski will also be back on the stage of the Great Guild on Friday 19 May at 7 pm in the final concert of the LNSO season. The LNSO and the conductor will be joined on stage by Finnish soprano Anu Komsi, the concert program will include “Four Last Songs” by Richard Strauss and the Tenth Symphony by Dmitri Shostakovich.

Central to the concert programs of the second half of the 97th season are the performances of the greats of the Romantic era – Beethoven, Brahms, Sibelius, Liszt, Rachmaninov -, as well as the music of deceased colleagues – Bartok , Shostakovich, Prokofiev and other compositions .

On Saturday 4 February, at 5 pm, the “Concerto for Violin LNSO and Sibelius” will be performed in the “Cēsis” concert hall under the direction of conductor Olari Elts. Soloist – Paula Schuman. The program includes compositions by Jean Sibelius, Eivind Torvund and Biel Bartok. The concert is organized by Vidzeme Concert Hall “Cēsis”.

On Friday 10 February, at 19:00, a concert “LNSO on the way to France” will be held in the Great Guild. The Latvian National Symphony Orchestra will tour France at the end of February 2023 to perform in Paris, Aix-en-Provence and Metz. On the evening of February 10, part of the concert tour program will take place during the concert. Andris Poga will be in the conductor’s chair.

On Friday, February 17, 19:00 in the Great Guild, musicians of the LNSO and the best saxophonists of Latvia invite you to the concert “LNSO and Saxophonia”, which will be part of the program of the long-standing festival “Saxophonia”. In it, the LNSO, Riga Saxophone Quartet and saxophonist Arvīds Kazlausks will play the works of Mārtiņš Viļums, Modest Mussorgsky and Uģ Prauliņas, including premieres. Director – Jānis Stafeckis.

The concert “LNSO, Beethoven and Dvořák” under the direction of Fuad Ibrahimov will take place on Friday, March 10, at 19:00. The program includes Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fourth Piano Concerto and the “Egmont” overture, as well as Antonin Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony. At the piano – the excellent domestic pianist Daumants Liepiņš.

On Friday, April 14, at 19:00 in the Great Guild, musicians of the LNSO together with old friends of the orchestra – conductor Gintars Rinkeviča and pianist Luka Genuš – will delight the audience in the concert “LNSO, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff”. The musicians will play Peter Tchaikovsky’s “Manfred” symphony and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s First Symphony.

On Friday, April 21, at 19:00 in the Great Guild, the concert “LNSO, Poska and Brahms” will present the premiere of Helena Tulve’s new work, Witold Lutoslawski’s Cello Concerto and Johannes Brahms’ First Symphony. LNSO Principal Guest Conductor Kristina Poska will appear in front of the orchestra. The solo part will be played by cellist Kristaps Berg.

The “LNSO Dream Team Cello Anniversary Concert” will be held in the Great Guild on Friday 28 April at 7pm. The “Dream Team” of musicians from the LNSO Cello Group has become a well-known brand in the music world, providing listeners with diverse and bright programs for many years. In 2023, the association celebrates its tenth anniversary. At the concert, not only the Dream Team – Diana Ozoliņa, Dace Zālīte-Zilberte, Ainārs Paukšēns etc. – but also the cross-genre association “Equanimity Trio” (EQ3 or pianist Edgars Cīrulis, bassist Jānis Rubiks and drummer Rūdolfs Dankfeld) take the stage.

The musicians of the LNSO ensured that chamber music concerts also took place until the end of the season. The concert “LNSO chamber music. Tommāso Pratola and Agnese Egliņa” will be held on Thursday 30 March at 7 pm at the Great Guild. It will contain pieces by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Prokofiev, Pierre Sancan and Lowell Lieberman. We will also be able to enjoy the premiere of the work by LNSO-resident composer Krista Auznieks. On stage we will see the concertmaster of the LNSO flute ensemble Tommās Pratola and one of Latvia’s most recognized pianists, Agnes Egliņa.
The “LNSO chamber music. Trio NYX” concert will be held at the Great Guild on Thursday 13 April at 7 pm. Pianist Ieva Sarja, flautist Anete Toča and violinist Tatjana Ostrovska will play works by Agnetas Krylovas, Montas Värmanes, Marinas Vidmontes, Krista Auznieks, Rihards Dubras, Jānis Lūsēns, Aivars Kalējs, Aigars Raumans and Imantas Zemzars.

The LNSO has not forgotten even the smallest music lovers. Shortly after the New Year’s party, on Monday, January 2, at 16:00, the youngest listeners are invited to watch the children’s musical fairy tale “Cat’s Paw School” (5+) in the Great Guild. Borrowing Herbert Dorbe’s fairy tale “It Happened on Kaķpēdiņu Avenue” as a literary basis, actor Artūrs Putniņš, together with LNSO musicians, will take children on an adventure through the corridors of Kaķpēdiņu School.

On Saturday, January 21, at 11 am (in Russian) and 2 pm (in Latvian), a concert “LeNeSOns and Weber’s Fairy Tale World” will take place in the Great Guild under the direction of conductor Andras Vecumnieks. Clarinetist Anna Marija Kubecka and Estonian oboist Lisete Jürgenson will take the stage with her. On Saturday, March 4, at 11:00 (in Russian) and 14:00 (in Latvian), conductor Andri Vecumnieks will be present at the Great Guild in the concert “LeNeSOns and Mendelszon’s Journeys”.

On the other hand, the informative and entertaining series “Symphonic Hits with Goran Gora” will return to young people and beginners of symphonic music. On Thursday, March 23, at 7 pm, the concert “Symphonic Hit with Goran Gora. Brahms and” Hungarian Dances “under the direction of conductor Kaspars Adamson will take place in the Great Guild.

It is possible to purchase tickets for the new season’s LNSO concerts at the ticket offices of “Bilešu Paradise”..

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