Reinis Zarins at Yale University – December 8, 2017
Since his concerto debut at the age of ten, Latvian concert pianist Reinis Zarins has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist throughout Europe and North America. Equally at home in classical and contemporary repertoire, his passion lies in the creation of programs and interpretations that explore the deeper reasons and purposes behind music.
Presently resident in London, Reinis Zarins regularly performs in his native Latvia and has won the country’s Grand Music Award three times in the category “Outstanding interpretation”. He also champions the work of Latvian composers: the 2017/18 season sees the release of his third Latvian album, as well as premieres of a new piano concerto and a cycle of piano works written for Zarins by the leading composers of Latvia.
When: Friday, December 8, 2017 – 7:30pm to 9:00pm Where: Sterling Divinity Quadrangle (SDQ ), Marquand Chapel 409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511
Program: Messiaen: Vingt regards sur l’enfant-Jésus – Reinis Zarins, piano
Andris Nelsons conducts the BSO at Carnegie Hall – April 12, 2018
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 – April 25 & 26, 2018
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: Carnegi Hall
Mariss Jansons conducts the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall – May 4, 2018
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 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.