Latvijas konsulāts Ņujorkā

Save the date for these Latvian inspired events …
On January 27 and 28, 2017, The Chelsea Symphony’s January’s concert series opens with a world premiere by TCS composer Tim Kiah. Friday’s concert features Daniel Dunford performing J.S. Bach’s Violin Concerto on bass trombone and Saturday’s concert features Jason Smoller on English horn for the NYC premiere of Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks‘ Concerto for English Horn. TCS welcomes three guest conductors on Strauss’s Overture to Die Fledermaus, Kodály’s Dances of Marosszek, and Bartók’s Romanian Folk Dances.

Tickets will be available on Eventbrite.
Concerts will be held at St. Paul’s Church, 315 West 22nd Street. For more information please visit the Chelsea Symphony’s website here.

To read more about Peteris Vasks, please click here.

Latvia will again be featured at The NY Times Travel Show, which takes place January 27-29, 2017 at the Javits Center.

Via Hansa from Riga will be participating again this year, presenting its product line which includes Latvia (as well as neighboring Estonia and Lithuania). Mr. Eriks Lingeberzins, Director of FIT Business Development, will be available at the EUROPE HALL, BOOTH 566.

For pre-arranged meetings, please contact: Mr. Eriks Lingeberzins: During the show he can be contacted at: +371 29172752. Read more about Via Hansa’s Latvian tours and vacation offers here.

For more information about the NY Times Travel Show click here. Friday is for the travel trade only, Saturday and Sunday being open to the general public.

The Arvo Pärt Project (AAP) at St. Vladimir’s Seminary and Sacred Music in a Sacred Space will present an All-Arvo Pärt Program performed by the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir on Wednesday, February 1, at 7 p.m. at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola, 980 Park Avenue, NYC. The concert will be conducted by Kaspars Putninš, artistic director and chief conductor of the choir, with K. Scott Warren, artistic director at St. Ignatius, as organist.

One of the most exciting choral conductors, Kaspars Putniņš is permanent conductor of the Latvian Radio Choir since 1994. In 2014/15 he was appointed as Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Since 2013 he is Conductor of the Tenso Europe Chamber Choir. Read more about Kaspars Putniņš here.

As a leading proponent of Arvo Pärt’s music in the world, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir has won two Grammy awards for recordings of Pärt’s compositions. Their February concert program will include several of Pärt’s works both for a cappella choir, and choir and organ, among them:“Solfeggio,” “The Beatitudes,”“Summa,”“Magnificat,”“Dopo la vittoria,”“The Woman with the Alabaster Box,”“Nunc dimittis” and “Salve Regina.”. Read more about the Choir here.

Order tickets online here, or call 212.288.2520.

Internationally acclaimed Latvian violinist Gidon Kremer, who was recently awarded the prestigious 2016 Praemium Imperiale Award by the Japan Arts Association, returns to New York with his ensemble Kremerata Baltica on February 2, 2017. Kremerata Baltica comprises outstanding young players from the Baltic states — Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia – selected by Gidon Kremer through a rigorous auditioning process. From their very first concert 19 years ago Kremerata Baltica has conquered discerning audiences with their exuberance, energy and joy in playing, performing in more than 50 countries, in 600 cities and giving more than 1500 concerts around the world during this time.

“They animate everything their bows touch.” — Los Angeles Times

When: February 2, 2017, 7:30 pm.
Where:  Kaufmann Concert Hall, Lexington Avenue at 92nd St, New York, NY 10128

For  more information and to book tickets, please visit the 92Y website here.  Use the promo code KREMER20 to receive 20% off your ticket purchase.

To read more about Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica  please visit their website here.

The second half of MetOpera’s  2016-17 season once again features 3 outstanding Latvian performers.

Kristīne Opolais has established herself as one of the most sought after international opera singers. Beginning February 2, 2017 she stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka. Read more about Kristīne Opolais here.

The New York Times has said of Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča: “There are few voices as sheerly lovely as hers: a smooth, evenly produced instrument, rich but not heavy, with high notes that penetrate without blaring.”  Elīna Garanča returns to MetOpera on April 13, 2017 in Strauss’s opera “Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier”


On April 26, 2017, acclaimed soprano Marina Rebeka returns to perform as Donna Elvira in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni. Read more about Marina Rebeka here.

To book tickets for any of the above performances, please visit the MetOpera website here.

Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons is Music Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and is the designated Gewandhauskapellmeister of the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, with the appointment commencing in the 2017/18 season. With these positions, and in leading a pioneering alliance between these two esteemed institutions, Grammy Award winning Nelsons is firmly underlined as one of the most renowned and innovative conductors on the international scene today.

He returns with the BSO to Carnegie Hall on February 28, March 1 and 2, 2017. On February 28,the BSO will be accompanied by Latvian violinist Baiba Skride.

To book tickets for one or more of the above concerts, please visit the Carnegie Hall website here. To read more about Andris Nelsons, please visit his website here.

Elīna Garanča performs lushly Romantic songs by Brahms, Duparc, Rachmaninoff, and others in her return to Carnegie Hall on March 19, 2017.

To book tickets, visit the Carnegie Hall website here.

To read more about Elīna Garanča please click here.

See NY Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis in action this season !

You can save up to 25% by using our special discount code RIGAKP that has been set up for you at the MSG Ticketmaster website. Valid for all home games through to April 2017. Click here and enter the code RIGAKP when making the order.

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If you need help booking tickets with this code, please contact Cole Schlesinger at MSG Sports who can assist with your order: Contact details – email: ;  tel +1-212-631-5739.

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MetOpera 50th Anniversary Gala – May 7, 2017 – featuring Elīna Garanča and Kristīne Opolais.

On September 16, 1966, the Metropolitan Opera opened its doors for the first time in a new home at Lincoln Center, with the world premiere of Samuel Barber’s Antony and Cleopatra, starring Leontyne Price and Justino Díaz. The New York Times declared the opening of the new opera house a “crescendo of splendor,” and a new era of theatrical possibility was born.

Fifty years later, the Met will celebrate its golden anniversary in its current home with a special gala on May 7 featuring some of the greatest artists in opera (including Elīna Garanča and Kristīne Opolais), performing a mix of repertory that both looks back at great moments from the past five decades and ahead to future seasons. Selections will be heard from such operas as Porgy and Bess, Samson et Dalila, Les Troyens, I Lombardi, and, for the first time since the house opened, Antony and Cleopatra.
Director and set designer Julian Crouch and projection designers “59 Productions” will create an unforgettable operatic celebration of this important milestone.
A special gala dinner will follow the performance. For further information please visit the MetOpera website here.

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