Latvian National Symphony Orchestra players to become street musicians for a day

On June 28, the Cabinet of Ministers will convene a meeting of political parties forming the government to discuss the creation of the National Concert Hall. The day before this, on June 27, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO) will turn into street musicians to receive donations for the new concert hall, protest against the 15 year delay and urge the making of the decision on the start of the concert hall project, LNSO announced on June 25.

The Orchestra will play in Esplanāde in the yard of the Latvian National Museum of Art at 19:00 on June 27. The director of the LNSO Indra Lukīna as well as its creative director and conductor Andris Poga will express their views on the necessity of the concert hall. It should be noted that this year marks 15 years since the location of the National Acoustic Concert Hall was chosen at the International Union of Architects, and 13 years since the holding of a design competition for the concert hall.

23 million euros have been set aside from the European Union funds for the construction of the concert hall, with a provision, however, that the work starts no later than 2021 and the sum is used up by 2023. The Ministry of Culture has selected seven potential locations. AB Dambis, Eksporta iela in Andrejosta, and the reconstruction of Kongresu nams have been put forward as the three likeliest choices.

“The current home of LNSO in the Great Guild is in a very poor state, the working conditions of the orchestra are far from desirable. That's why the national orchestra needs houses that are not dilapidated, while the public needs a space where the sound quality is corresponds with the international level,” said Anna Bebre, the orchestra's communication consultant, in a press release.

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