Invitation to attend the BATUN exhibition at the United Nations – September 5, 2017
The Permanent Representatives of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, H.E. Mr. Sven Jürgenson, H.E. Mr. Jānis Mažeiks, and H.E. Ms. Audra Plepytė request the pleasure of your company at the opening of the exhibition:
“From Baltic Appeals to Baltic Membership in the United Nations 1965-1991”
to be followed by a reception.
When: Tuesday, September 5th, at 6 PM Where: UNHQ, corridor between Vienna Café and the visitors lobby
Note: to obtain the UN Ground Pass you are required to send an RSVP with your last name and name as written in your ID by August 29th. Please bring your ID with you as it is required for entry. Non-UN badge holders, please meet by 46th St. &1st Ave. entrance at 5:45 pm in order to be formally escorted to the venue.
Visit Latvia at the 92 Y International Street Fest – Sunday, October 1, 2017
Latvia and its Centenary will be showcased at this year’s 92Y organized International Street Fest. Come and learn more about Latvia and the exciting events planned there in 2018 during the Centenary celebrations.
The StreetFest stretches from 79th Street to 94th Street on Lexington Avenue and attracts thousands of visitors.
The Latvian booth (located between 90th and 91st Streets on Lexington Ave.) will be promoting Latvia as a must see tourist destination for New Yorker’s, as well as answering questions about Latvia.
The sixteen-block StreetFest is promoted in major New York publications, including The New York Times, Time Out New York, and The Village Voice, in local papers, and on several radio stations.
Emmy award winner Lolita Ritmanis’s music to be featured at Carnegie Hall
Orchestra Moderne NYC makes its debut under the direction of founder and conductor Amy Andersson with Journey to America: From Repression to Freedom (Part 1). The concert celebrates the American immigrant experience and features Grammy-nominated composer Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island: The Dream of America, Overture to Light by Emmy Award-winning composer Lolita Ritmanis,and the world premiere of composer Steven Lebetkin’s Violin Concerto, performed by Momo Wong.
When: Saturday October 7, 2017, at 8 pm Where: Carnegie Hall.
To read more about composer Lolita Ritmanis, click here.
Save The Date: renew your Latvian passport or apply for a new passport in NYC – October 13 & 14, 2017
The Embassy of Latvia’s mobile passport station is scheduled to be in New York City on October 13-14, 2017.
Citizens of Latvia can have their passports renewed on that day (or apply for a new passport on that day if they already have a Latvian citizenship number).
To attend this passport renewal in NYC, you must complete an application form to get an appointment time on the day. No walk-ins will be accepted.
You must send your appointment application to theEmbassy in Washington no later than October 8, 2017. Fax: +1 202 328 2860; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The passport appointments will take place at:
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Latvia to the United Nations 333 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022
For further details and to find the application form to make an appointment please visit the Embassy’s website here.
Marina Rebeka performs at MetOpera in Norma – October 16 and 20, 2017
The 2017–18 season opens with a new production of Bellini’s masterpiece, featuring Latvian soprano Marina Rebeka as the Druid priestess. Carlo Rizzi conducts. Sir David McVicar’s evocative production sets the action deep in a Druid forest where nature and ancient ritual rule. Marina Rebeka will be on stage October 16 and 20.
Gidon Kremer returns to NYC to perform at Baryshnikov Arts Center on October 31 and November 1
Violin legend Latvian-born Gidon Kremerperforms 24 Preludes by 20th century Polish-born Soviet composer Mieczyslaw Weinberg, whose music shares common ground with that of his friend and mentor Shostakovich, while maintaining its originality by incorporating myriad musical styles. A champion of Weinberg, Kremer gives the first U.S. performance of his transcription of the composer’s technically and emotionally complex score.
When: October 31 and November 1, 2017, at 7:30 pm Where: Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018.
White Nights Festival features Latvian composer Maija Einfelde – November 14, 2017
The Lincoln Center’s White Nights Festival returns this year, October 18-November 15, 2017. One of the events includes an intimate a cappella concert at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin featuring the Swedish Radio Choir. Named one of the world’s leading choirs by Gramophone, its singers create immersive soundscapes with mesmerizing ethereal works by living composers. The program will include Latvian composer’sMaija Einfelde’s “Lux aeterna” and culminates in Schnittke’s Concerto for Choir, a moving 20th-century choral masterpiece.
When: Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30 pm Where: Church of St. Mary the Virgin 145 W 46th St, NY 10036.
Aleksandrs Antonenko returns to MetOpera on November 24, for Verdi’s Requiem
For the first time since 2008, James Levine conducts a special series of concerts of Verdi’s great mass, written in memory of Italian poet Alessandro Manzoni. The company has assembled a quartet of extraordinary soloists to join the incomparable Met Orchestra and Chorus: Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ferruccio Furlanetto.
When: November 24- December 4, 2017 Where: MetOpera, Lincoln Center.
And it is not too early to plan for these events in 2018 …
Andris Nelsons conducts the Boston Symphony Orchestra performing Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde, Act II (opera in concert)
There is no denying that Tristan und Isolde is one of the greatest showcases for singers and conductors. This concert features performers who meet the challenge. The Independent called Jonas Kaufmann “the preeminent Wagnerian tenor of his era,” while the “lustrous vocalism” of soprano Camilla Nylund has been praised by Opera News. Andris Nelsons, who “seems to draw the best from every orchestra he works with” (The New York Times), conducts his Boston Symphony Orchestra in the impassioned Act II, which includes one of the most moving and beloved of love duets of Wagner’s masterpiece.
When: Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 8 pm Where: Carnegie Hall.
To read more about maestro Andris Nelsons, click here.
Kremerata Baltica at Carnegie Hall with Daniil Trifonov, Piano and Gautier Capuçon, Cello
The legato lines, delicate ornamentations, and colors that grace Chopin’s solo piano works are also found in his music for other instruments. There is not a single composition by him that does not involve the keyboard, including a small handful of works that prominently feature the cello. The Introduction and Polonaise brillante and Cello Sonata in G Minor are two of these rarities. While the former is a sparkling showpiece, the latter is an intense, highly emotive work. One of his early compositions, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is also noteworthy for its Romantic middle movement and rollicking finale: a zesty Polish mazurka. Performing this evening will be Latvian based Kremerata Baltica with pianist Danill Trifonov and cellist Gautier Capucon.
When: Thursday, April 25 and 26, 2018, at 8 pm Where: Carnegie Hall.
Mariss Jansons conducts the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall
The Paris audience attending the 1923 premiere of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 were expecting a work driven by the same furious energy as his ballet scores. Instead, they were surprised by a beautiful concerto with a lyrical quality and a particularly rhapsodic opening solo. The 1805 audience at the first public performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 was stunned when they were presented with this truly revolutionary work. They encountered the most powerful symphony ever written. Beethoven’s mighty “Eroica” changed the face of symphonic music and heralded the age of Romanticism. Latvian born Mariss Jansons has been the Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (BRSO) since 2003.
When: Friday, May 4, 2018, at 8 pm Where: Carnegie Hall.
In 2018, Latvia celebrates a hundred years since it became an independent state. With festivities at home and all around the world, Latvia will present the best it can offer in culture, lifestyle and innovation. We will explore, create and celebrate – for the prosperity of Latvia!
For more information on the Centenary programme, visit the official Latvia100 platform:lv100.lv.
2017 and 2018 are the celebration years for the entire Baltic region. Our neighbors – Lithuania, Estonia and Finland – are also celebrating their centenaries of statehood. Finland celebrates its centenary on December 6, 2017, followed by Lithuania’s 100th anniversary of restored independence on February 16, 2018, and the centenary of Estonia’s statehood on February 24, 2018.