Latvia Weekend Events: Classical Conditioning

The weekend is here once again, drawing you in with classical music, operettas, starlight festivals, dancing, and more, helping you get used to the finer things in life. 

Musical paintings, spring, and a very real ball

On March 11 the Mazā Mežotnes Pils at Bauska will host a concert performance celebrating the 150th birthday of the great Latvian painter Janis Rozentāls. The performance will feature soloist Evija Martinsone and pianist Agnese Egliņa perform songs from Latvian composers like Emīls Dārziņš, Pēteris Barisons, Marģers Zariņš, as well as international stars like Robert Schumann and Edward Grieg. Visit the nearby Rundāles palace while you're there!

While the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, lead by Georgijs Sarkisjans and flutist Dita Krenberga will perform Mozart, Haydn, and Corelli at an eponymous concert at the historic Dzintari concert hall on March 12 at 7 p.m.

The Ziemeļblāzme Culture House on March 13 will feature Paul Abraham's Ball in Savoy, produced by the Latvian Operetta Fund and directed by Normunds Vaicis. Tickets are still available for what promises to be an intense and exciting evening. 

Starlit Liepāja

While the 24th International Star Festival will conclude on March 11 at 7 p.m. at the Great Amber hall with the Fascinating Voices concert featuring the Latvian Radio choir conducted by Sigvards Kļava and featuring pianists Dace Kļaviņa and Aldis Liepiņš. 

The program features Bach, Arvo Part, Brahms, and other names.

While on March 12 the same hall will at 6 p.m. see the Latvian Symphonic Orchestra lead by Lutz Koehler featuring works by Schumann and Brahms.

The festival will conclude on March 13 at 6 p.m. at the Great Amber hall with the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, lead by Atvars Lakstīgala and accompanied by Elīna Bukša and Christoph Ess playing Max Bruch, Richard Strauss, and Antonín Dvořák. Info on the events, tickets

Piano & Poetry

Pianist Georgijs Osokins has seen great success as he became a diploma holder of the Frederic Chopin International Pianist Contest in Warsaw. On March 11 at 7 p.m. the Lielā Ģilde hall will host a solo concert by him.

"Finally I'll be playing not only Chopin. Only the second part of the concert will be dedicated to Chopin. In the first I'll be playing several composers - [Pēteris] Vasks, Chopin, Debussy, Beethoven, and Scriabin," says Osokins.

While on March 12 at 4 p.m. the cafe of the Ziemeļblāzma palace will see luminary poet Kārlis Vērdiņš and soloist of the band Sigma featuring sung interpretations of Vērdiņš' poetry by Jānis Ozoliņš.

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