Gidon Kremer – Preludes to a Lost Time (Imaginary Dialogues)
Violin legend Latvian Gidon Kremer performs the U.S. Premiere of his transcription of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s richly varied and complex 24 Preludes, originally scored for cello. Kremer is a champion of the Polish-born Soviet composer, whose music shares common ground with that of Shostakovich, while maintaining its originality by incorporating myriad musical styles. The preludes are paired with projections of powerful images by Lithuanian photographer Antanas Sutkus, whose highly expressive art also responds to a particular vision of life in mid-20th century Soviet Union.
When: October 31 and November 1, 2017, at 7:30 pm Where: Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018.
To read more about maestro Gidon Kremer,click here
“How Do We See Him? Baltic Security and Transatlantic Relations in the Era of Trump”
Ivars Ijabs is a Latvian political scientist and commentator, an Associate Professor at the University of Latvia. His research interests include the history of political ideas, nationalism, as well as interethnic relations in Central and Eastern Europe. He is the author of several books on political theory and Latvian politics, as well as of many scholarly articles. He writes a regular column in the Latvian magazine “Rīgas Laiks”, as well as in other publications. He is the Vice-President for Professional development of the Association of the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS), as well as a member of several other scholarly organizations. Dr.Ijabs has studied philosophy and political science in Latvia, Germany, and Iceland. In 2010, he was Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the State University of New Jersey, and today is is one of the most well-known political and cultural commentators in Latvia. Dr. Ijab’s speech will be in English.
When: Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 4 pm Where: Estonian House, 243 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016
Followed by a performance by the Latvian ensemble TRIO.
Tickets: $30 at the door. Children under 18 years, free.
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.
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 program, 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.