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 / Friday / Riga, The Great Guild
On 1 December at the Great Guild Hall, as part of The Baltic Pyramid programme – a performance by the three orchestras’ string section musicians, teamed up in the Baltic Symphony Festival chamber orchestra. You will hear music by contemporary Baltic composers under the baton of the LNSO conductor Guntis Kuzma. The programme comprises works from Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania, respectively: the classic composer Jānis Ivanovs’ Poema luttuoso, a piece as though carved in stone; Arvo Pärt’s legendary work Fratres, and De profundis, a composition by the mysticist Raminta Šerkšnytė. In the second part of the concert, the LNSO’s concertmaster Georg Sarkisjan will lead the performance of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Serenade – an embodiment of the refined ideals of the Russian Silver Age, including the famous waltz that will truly sweep the audience off their feet.
Raminta Šerkšnytė De profundis
Jānis Ivanovs Poema luttuoso
Arvo Pärt Fratres
Pyotr Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings
Created and done by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia / Latvian National Symphony orchestra
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