Save the Date – Latvian Centennial Inspired Events
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: Sold out.
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
“White Tablecloth Day” – celebrating the renewal of Latvia’s independence – May 4, 2018
In 2018, Latvia celebrates a hundred years since it became an independent state.
May 4 has been chosen for special celebrations this year because of its historic meaning. On May 4, 1917, the Latgale Congress passed the decision of the ethno-cultural region of Latgale to unite with Kurzeme and Vidzeme on a shared path to an independent state. This event became a turning point in the history towards the statehood of Latvia.
Coincidentally, on May 4, 1990, the Supreme Council of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic voted for the restoration of Latvia’s sovereignty by adopting the Declaration on the Restoration of Independence and thus breaking the Soviet rule. Just like in 1918, when Latvia became an independent state in a democratic way, in 1990 Latvia regained its independence democratically.
This year on May 4, Latvians everywhere will celebrate with the new tradition of the White Tablecloth Celebration. The idea is to gather families, friends, neighbors and communities around a white-clad table, cherishing togetherness and the gift of living in a free country of our own. Anyone, anywhere in the world, may join in and create their local White Tablecloth Celebration.
In New York, Latvians and their friends are invited to mark this day as well at our own NYC White Tablecloth get-together. Please join us !
Where: Estonian House, 243, East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.
When: Thursday, May 4, 2017, from 6:00 pm onwards.
No reservations required.
“Jog Latvia in the World” – Central Park, NYC – May 5, 2018
On May 5 Latvians around the world will participate in this unique sporting event – running, walking, biking, rollerblading, or pushing a stroller with their kids – around a route that resemble the contours of Latvia in their home town !
In New York’s Central Park two routes have been mapped out for the NYC LV-100 run on May 5th : 1.6 km and 2.54 km in length.
See map attached and download these links (from Endomondo) for more details of the two routes:
You can participate as you wish on the day. Run, walk, stroll, or push a stroller around the routes early, or late, whichever suits you best.
Or alternatively, assemble at 11:00 am at the Bethesda Fountain if you want to participate with a larger group.
To see all the Jog Latvia routes around the world, click here.
Latvia participates at the European Literature Night – May 12, 2018
Latvia is proud to again be part of the European Literature Night.
This year Latvia’s entry will be “The Shadow of Rooster Hill”, by writer and journalist Osvalds Zebris who received the European Union Prize for Literature for this new work in 2017.
Translated into English by Jayde Thomas Will, a reading from the book will take place at 7-8 pm
“The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is an award which recognizes outstanding new and emerging literary talents across Europe, and highlights the wealth of contemporary European literature, while drawing attention to the continent’s unique cultural and linguistic heritage”, states the announcement.
When: Saturday May 12, 2018, 5-10 pm Where: Bohemian National Hall, Czech Center, 321 East 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021
About the author: Osvalds Zebris, born in 1975, is a Latvian writer and journalist, holding a master’s degree in economics. Zebris has worked in public relations and communications for Hill+Knowlton and McCann, and as an editor for various newspapers and magazines. He is also the author of three novels. Zebris’ first book, a collection of short stories entitled Brīvība tīklos brought him instant popularity among readers and won him a Latvian Literature Award in 2010 for the best debut.
Amber & Honey Ball – May 12, 2018
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 12, 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.
Andris Nelsons and the BSO with Hakan Hardenberger – Carnegie Hall – November 19, 2018
Latvian-born conductor maestro Andris Nelsonsand the BSO returns to Carnegie Hall with Hakan Hardenberger on November 19, one day after Latvia’s 100th birthday.
Håkan Hardenberger is called on to play trumpet, piccolo trumpet, and cow horn—as well as sing and play simultaneously—in HK Gruber’s marvelously eclectic showpiece that opens the program. Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, a magnificent five-movement journey from despair to joy, is one of his most popular works. He believed that a symphony should embrace the world, and it’s all here: an opening funeral march, folk-inspired dances, a waltz, and exuberantly high spirits in the finale. The unforgettable and unsurpassable heart of the work is the Adagietto, a sublime love letter for strings and harp Mahler wrote for his wife, Alma.
HK GRUBER Aerial
MAHLER Symphony No. 5
When: Monday, November 19, 2018, 8 pm
Where: Carnegie Hall, 881 7th Ave, New York, NY 10019
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.