Empire State Building in Latvia’s colors – February 9, 2018
To celebrate the opening of the XXIII Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, New York’s iconic Empire State Building will be illuminated in the colors of the competing nations on Friday February 9, 2018.
The lighting will commence at sunset and continue till 2 am. Each country’s national flag colors will be shown on the tower for about 5 seconds. Latvia’s flag colors will thus be visible approximately 7 times each hour during the evening.
Latvia will be sending 35 athletes to the Winter Olympics, competing in 9 sports, including bobsleigh, skeleton, luge, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, speed skating, figure skating, short-track and biathlon.
Renowned finger-drummer Rick Feds in NYC – February 15, 23, 24 and 27, 2018
Latvian musician Rihards Fedotovs aka Rick Feds is possibly the greatest finger-drummer of all time and has been included in Ableton’s top 5 list two years in a row. He is a performer, music producer, Fulbright scholar, TED speaker, Ableton, Melodics and Arturia artist that seeks the boundaries of interactive art forms. After studies in RMC, Copenhagen, Rick finds his way to the U.S. and becomes a session musician to perform with artists like Cuba Gooding Sr., Betty Wright, Marcus Miller, etc. The former classical/jazz background makes a key difference in Rick’s play on the sample pad. Feds’ finger-drumming technique allows him to perform multi-layered electronic music live as well as trigger visuals all in real time and is later enriched by multi-instrumentalist’s energetic play on drums, synthesisers, and various other instruments creating a full package of danceable entertainment.
Don’t miss out on Rick’s performance here in NYC:
When: February 15, 2018, at 10 pm Where: Parkside Lounge, 317 East Houston Street New York, NY 10002.
When: February 23-24, 10 pm Where: Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen St, New York, New York 10002.
When: February 27, 10 pm Where: Cutting Room NYC, 44 East 32nd Street New York, NY 10016 (between Park Ave and Madison Ave).
“One Ticket Please” – by Matīss Kaža – screening February 23, 2018
Matīss Kaža’s 65 minute documentary One Ticket Please will premiere at Cnema Village as part of Winter Fest Awards.
One Ticket Please is a documentary about the life of a 78-year-old Indian woman in New York who is the world’s most passionate theatergoer. Nicki Cochrane been going to at least one play every day for more than 25 years, acquiring free tickets using a variety of ingenious means. Despised by many theater employees in New York for her behavior, Nicki prides herself with a staunch dedication to the art. But at what point does passion turn into addiction?
The production of this film was supported by the Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation and Latvian National Film Centre.
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, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019
To read more about maestro Andris Nelsons, “Musical America” 2018 Artist of the Year, 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: Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019
Māris Briežkalns Quintet: Rothko in Jazz – Baryshnikov Arts Center – May 2, 2018
Māris Briežkalns Quintet’s Rothko in Jazz is hailed by The Washington Post as “a wide-ranging musical homage to Mark Rothko’s paintings.”
The evening features music by ten renowned Latvian composers, each commissioned to create a piece evoking the mood of an abstract expressionist artwork by the Latvia-born visual artist. The original jazz compositions, arranged and performed by the Quintet, are accompanied by large-scale projections of Rothko’s iconic paintings.
Māris Briežkalns Quintet is today one of the leading and interesting small acoustic mainstream bands on Latvian jazz scene, stretching special accents on pop – jazz and Latin jazz. MBQ has performed on several international stages including also here in the U.S.at the JFK Center Washington D.C., and in NYC at Blue Note and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
To read more about Māris Briežkalns Quintet,click here.
Rothko in Jazz is made possible by the support of the Ministry of Culture of Latvia.
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, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019
The Latvian Welfare Association of New York invites you to a Latvian Centennial ball!
This event will kick off the LV100NY organization’s fundraising campaign for Latvian retirement homes in need.
The evening will feature live performances by the folk group TRIO (Zane Šmite, Asnate Rancāne, Ivars Cinkuss) electronic music combo 3 Live Project (Mareks Dainis, Normunds Piesis, Einārs Latiševs) and pop singer soloist Darja Schabad.
When: Saturday, May 8, 2018, at 8 pm Where: Prince George’s Ballroom
In 2018, Latvia celebrates a hundred years since it became an independent state on November 18, 1918. 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.
2018 is a celebration year for the entire Baltic region. Our neighbors – Estonia and Lithuania – are also celebrating their centenaries of statehood. Lithuania celebrates 100th anniversary of restored independence on February 16, 2018, and Estonia’s celebrates the centenary of its statehood on February 24, 2018.