In 2016, the three leading symphony orchestras of the Baltic states revived the Baltic Symphony Festival, with all three orchestras performing in concert in Riga, Tallinn, and Vilnius.
Estonia’s representative in the festival is the Estonian State Symphony Orchestra, chief conductor Neeme Järvi. Latvia is represented by the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, led by its music director Andris Poga. Lithuania’s representative is the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, led by its chief conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius.
The festival emerged from the long-standing necessity for the Baltic orchestras to establish closer contacts so as to facilitate the exchange of information, musicians, and conductors. The Baltic Symphony Festival is envisioned to develop into a recurring international music forum; it will also be an important constituent of the three Baltic states’ centennial celebration.
19.00 / Saturday / Riga, The Great Guild
On 25 November at the Great Guild Hall, Estonian conductor Kristiina Poska will stand in front of the LNSO for the first time. She has years of remarkable experience as a conductor at the Komische Oper Berlin; in addition, she is a concert conductor in high demand among German and Swiss orchestras; she frequently performs in Estonia and other European countries. In the concert in Riga, she will conduct Robert Schumann’s Symphony no. 4 and a work by notable contemporary Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür – the imposing, rather cosmic Symphony no. 4 Magma with an extended percussion solo, performed by outstanding young Latvian musician Guntars Freibergs.
PERCUSSIONS – GUNTARS FREIBERGS
CONDUCTOR KRISTIINA POSKA
Erkki–Sven Tüür Symphony no. 4 Magma for solo percussion and orchestra
Robert Schumann Symphony no. 4
Created and done by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia / Latvian National Symphony orchestra
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