Don’t Miss These Latvian Centennial Inspired Events
ImantaDimanta & friends – Centennial Tour – New York City – April 4, 2018
“ImantaDimanta and friends” is a Latvian folk band based in Riga, Latvia. The band members all met in Riga in 2014, having come from the USA, Germany, Australia, UK and Latvia to join together in music. They love playing songs in Latvian and English, original tunes and covers. Join them at their NYC concert.
When: April 4, 2018, 10 pm Where: Parkside Lounge, 317 East Houston Street (corner Attorney Street), New York, NY 10002 (Lower East Side).
Pre-Game get-together: Fans of Latvia and KP are welcome to the pre-game warm up party that will commence from 3 pm onwards at Stitch Bar & Lounge, 247 West 37th Street, between 7th & 8th Avenue. Entry $5, with a cash bar. Families welcome.
To learn more about Vineta Sareika, please click here.
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.
From the Baltic to the Atlantic – a Concert of Latvian and American Music for Voice and Piano– April 24, 2018
Katrina Gupalo, voice and Andrejs Osokins, piano
In honor of Latvia’s Centenary, two outstanding young artists – one of the most unique Latvian musicians Katrina Gupalo and laureate of the world’s most renowned piano competitions, virtuoso pianist Andrejs Osokins – have created a special vocal and piano music program for their first US tour. The duo’s concerts will feature striking Latvian classical and contemporary pieces by J. Vītols, E. Dārziņš, V. Dārziņš, A. Maskats, P. Vasks, and others, as well as some iconic American works by G. Gershwin and C. Porter.
When: Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 2018, at 3 pm Where: “Priedaine” Latvian Center, 1017 State Rd. 33, Freehold, NJ 07728.
Tickets: $30.00 (at the door) Contact person: Jānis Grigalinovičs-Leja, tel: +1-732-462-5110
Katrina Gupalo’s and Andrejs Osokins’ concert tour in the USA (from 21.04 – 29. 04) is being organized by The Latvian Cultural Association TILTS with support from ALA (American Latvian Association), the Embassy of Latvia to the USA and local Latvian institutions.
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 Friday April 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.
When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 7:30 pm Where: Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street, (Between 9th and 10th Avenues)
Tickets: hurry ! The event is almost sold out. Click here.
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
Save the Date: New York Baltic Film Festival – October 11-14, 2018
The first Baltic Film Festival will take place in New York this Fall, October 11-14, at Scandinavia Houseon Park Avenue.
The Festival will be the first of its kind here in the U.S., showcasing the latest films from the three Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Included in the screening line-up will be drama features, animation films and documentaries. Special children’s film day will be featured on Saturday October 13.
The festival is a joint co-operation project by the Estonian Consulate General in New York, the Lithuanian Consulate General in New York and the Latvian Consulate in New York.
During 2018, as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of all three countries, the film institutes of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will be co-operating to present the Baltic film industry at 15 leading film festivals around the world, including here in New York.
Latvia celebrates 100 years in 2018 … learn more
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 celebrated the 100th anniversary of restored independence on February 16, 2018, and Estonia’s celebrated the centenary of its statehood on February 24, 2018.
In honor of Latvia’s Centenary, the Latvian Institute (LI) has created a new video, dedicated to the power and strength of Latvian nation and statehood.