Хор Латвийского радио является одним из лучших камерных хоров Европы, высокая музыкальная культура которого, интеллигентность и уникальное богатство потенциала звука от прозрачности хрустальных капель, от могущества оркестровых красок до преодоления границ возможностей человеческого голоса, превратила хор в особый фирменный знак звука на карте хоровой музыки мира. С 1992 года в Хоре Латвийского радио работают два дирижера - его художественный руководитель, главный дирижер Сигвардс Клява и дирижер Каспарс Путныньш.
Музыкальный репертуар хора широк - начиная от музыки эпохи Возрождения до самых сложных партитур современных композиторов, хор порождает новое понимание потенциала человеческого голоса и хорового организма, где каждая голосовая клетка имеет свою собственную подпись и свою конкретную задачу. Способность певцов ориентироваться в музыке разных эпох, жанров и стилей сделали Хор Латвийского радио универсальным эластичным коллективом, который может выступать как в вокально-инструментальных представлениях и оперных постановках, так и в мультимедийных проектах, в интимных музыкальных разговорах a capella, а также в театральных спектаклях, где певцы хора раскрываются как яркие солисты и артисты сцены.
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С момента создания камерного оркестра Sinfonietta Rīga в 2006 году его художественным руководителем и главным дирижером является Нормундс Шне - музыкант, который в течение последних двадцати лет практически был вовлечен в создание звуковой культуры Латвии и который до сих пор является пылким генератором новых музыкальных идей и идеологом культурного пространства.
Участники руководимого Шне камерного оркестра - молодые и открытые творческим идеям музыканты, которые исследуют традиции исполнения барочной музыки, изучают тонкости интерпретации музыки эпохи классицизма, являются блестящими, непревзойденными исполнителями современной музыки, а также не избегают участия в неакадемических экспериментах и в проектах crossover. В качестве одной из своих задач камерный оркестр выдвинул задачу развития в Латвии жанра камерной симфонии.
В концертных программах Sinfonietta Riga регулярно участвуют блестящие, признанные на международном уровне приглашенные музыканты. Музыкальное качество оркестра был оценено в 2014 году престижной премией Grammy за участие в записи альбома эстонского композитора Арво Пярта Adam`s Lament, оркестр также три раза стал обладателем Большого музыкального приза Латвии.
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The Latvian Radio Big Band has been renewed after a 16 year break. Since 2012, the big band has performed together with world-class artists, including Italian vocalist Roberta Gambarini, American jazz performer Kurt Elling, drummer Jojo Mayer, "New York Voices", 6 Grammy Award winner, American trumpeter Randy Brecker and Australian multi-instrumentalist James Morrison.

In 1966, the Latvian Radio Big Band was founded under the name Latvian USR TV and Radio Variety Orchestra. In 1992, the band was renamed the Radio Easy and Jazz Music Orchestra. The first leader and conductor of the big band was composer Ringolds Ore and from 1968 to 1991 violinist and arranger Alnis Zais. Music professionals, such as Maestro Raimonds Pauls and Gunars Rozenbergs have lead the Latvian Radio Big Band.

"The Latvian Radio Big Band is great! This big band has a long-lasting and bright future ahead of them," - Kurt Elling

"The Latvian Radio Big Band is Latvia's treasure." - Peter Eldridge, "New York Voices"

One of the major projects for Latvia’s centennial will be “Ring of Latvia.”  Over the course of two years, it will create unique interaction throughout Latvia, allowing Latvians to meet one another.  Conductor Sigvards Kļava, who is artistic director of the Radio Latvia Choir, came up with the idea of four conceptually different rings and sets of music to demonstrate and emphasise the specifics, wealth and energy of each region of Latvia through the most precious thing that exists for the nation – the views of local residents.  The unique cultural heritage of Latgale includes the unique phenomenon of traditional music.  The sea power of Kurzeme surges through the everyday lives of people.  The national string of Vidzeme offers a symbolic room for patriotism.  Zemgale has a vast horizon in which the streams of people’s souls come together.

The idea involves 16 concert performances that will be presented in a cycle at four concert halls in Latvia.  The Radio Latvia Choir will be helped by a different artistic and creative team to shape the ring of each region of Latvia – Inese Mičule, Reinis Suhanovs, Roberts Rubīns, Māris Sirmais, Inese Zandere, Katrīna Neiburga, Guna Kalnača, Jānis Mitrēvics, the State Academic Choir Latvija, the Latvian Radio Big Band, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, and others.

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When?
  • 27/10, 19:00
Where?
Riga, St.Peter's Church
Price
10 €

If you are an early bird, you will experience peace in the evening and silence in the night.  If you are an experienced owl, you will hear the magic of sunrise sounds and the eagerness of the dawn.  Night, morning, day and evening include the miraculous appearance and disappearance of the Sun, and that is the dramatic content of the new programme produced by the artistic director of the Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Kļava, “Around-the-Clock or 1440.”  The around-the-clock colours involve new opuses that offer the views of modern Latvians.  The compositions for the Latvian Radio choir, harp, percussion and electronics are by recipients of the Latvian Great Music Award, Maija Einfelde and Santa Ratniece, as well as by Aleksejs Peguševs, a graduate from the composition class taught by Juris Karlsons, a fan of chamber and vocal music, and the recipient of numerous awards.  The programme will feature a diverse amount of skills and different styles, involving improvisations by the virtuoso percussionist Ivo Krūskops and music by Juris Karlsons, Anete Ašmane, Andrejs Selickis and Ēriks Ešenvalds. 

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When?
  • 24/11, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 - 20 €

American minimalist John Adams' legendary piece Shaker Loops was inspired in equal parts by the perpetual rippling of water and the memories of the Christian religious group known as shakers and their ecstatic worship rituals. Similar wild bursts of energy promises to be scattered through the new work of freethinker Platons Buravickis - Demontāžas estētika (Aesthetics of Disassembly). On the other hand, the Viennese classic Joseph Haydn's symphony La passione and Finnish contemporary composer Kaija Saariaho's Graal théâtre, with its sublimely drawn contrast between eternal and ephemeral, might be defined as sacral works. The concert's soloist – violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky – has a broad emotional range, capturing the audiences with innate poignancy and unconstrained musicality. 

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When?
  • 08/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, St.John’s Church
Price
10 - 25 €
Musicians:

Kaspars Zemītis, guitar
Rīga Cathedral Boys' Choir
Conductor Mārtiņš Klišāns

Programme:

Kaspars Zemītis, Advent Cycle "Waiting for Light" for boys' choir and electric guitar (premiere), as well as compositions by John Dowland, Thomas Robinson and William Byrd

When?
  • 13/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Riga Congress Centre
Price
10 - 35 €
Musicians:

Raimonds Pauls, piano

Kristīne Prauliņa, vocal

Dināra Rudāne, vocal

Ralfs Eilands, vocal

Intars Busulis, vocal

Latvian Radio Bigband
Programme:

Music by Raimonds Pauls

When?
  • 15/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Spīķeri Concert Hall
Price
15 €

Alessandro Baricco (b 1958) is a world-renowned author and philosopher from Italy who studies glass castles, silk and Homer.  As a young man, he thought a lot about music and even wrote books about the topic.  

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When?
  • 16/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
7 -25 €

This is the third meeting of Sinfonietta Rīga and the exuberant German Christoph Poppen; the brilliant violinist, also a gifted pedagogue, lately more often has been seen with a conductor's baton, performing with orchestras from Europe, the US and Asia. His belief in music's power to make the world a better place perfectly suits the spirit of the Christmas season as well as this programme, which includes Mendelssohn's dreamy portrait of the beautiful Melusine, Mozart's effervescent “Prague Symphony” and Rodrigo's Concierto pastoral, written for the “Irishman with the golden flute" James Galway. Coincidentally, Galway is one of the masters with whom the Latvian flautist Dita Krenberga, the concert's soloist, once studied. 

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When?
  • 20/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
10 - 25 €
Musicians:

Ksenija Sidorova, accordion
Guna Šnē, cello
Kristīne Gailīte, soprano
Ivo Krūskops, percussions
Piano Quartet RIX:
Sandis Šteinbergs, violin
Ilze Kļava, viola
Reinis Birznieks, cello
Jānis Maļeckis, piano
Latvian Radio Choir
Orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga
Conductors Sigvards Kļava and Normunds Šnē

Programme:

Music by Arturs Maskats (1957)

When?
  • 21/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Spīķeri Concert Hall
Price
10 €
Musicians:

Guntars Freibergs, percussion
Elvijs Endelis, percussion
Mikus Bāliņš, percussion
Guntis Kuzma, clarinet
Dace Zālīte, cello
Līga Griķe, kokle

Programme:

New opuses by Madara Pētersone, Jēkabs Nīmanis and Jachin Pousson, as well as music by Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Pachelbel and David Lang

When?
  • 25/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Riga Cathedral
Price
15 €

Ave Maria through the ages and through the eyes of composers of different times and ethnicities. And alongside these the second day of Christmas are filled with the sounds of baroque arias and instrumental opuses, Christmas chorales and traditional melodies. Sergejs Jēgers’ warm and gentle voice is interlaced with the grand sounds of the Riga Cathedral organ played by Diāna Jaunzeme-Portnaja, and sounds of string instruments...

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When?
  • 27/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Spīķeri Concert Hall
Price
10 €
Musicians:

Art-i-Shock:
Agnese Egliņa, piano
Guna Šnē, cello
Elīna Endzele, percussion

Programme:

Music by Jānis Lūsēns, Platons Buravickis, Andris Vecumnieks, Alfred Schnittke and other composers 

When?
  • 29/12, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Riga Luther’s Church
Price
12 €

It has already become a tradition, that the festival European Christmas is concluded by Johann Sebastian Bach’s Christmas Oratorio – a beautiful and grand tale about the time around the birth of Jesus and the events linked to it. The oratorio is composed of six cantatas, and this time the audience is going to hear the fourth, fifth and sixth parts, conducted by the Latvian conductor Kaspars Putniņš and performed by a great assortment of musicians consisting of soloists coming from or based in Latvia and in the United Kingdom of Great Britain, the Latvian Radio Choir and the Sinfonietta Rīga Orchestra. The message of Joy has been received and the soul rejoices!

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When?
  • 20/01, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
10 - 25 €
Musicians:

Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra
Kristaps Bergs, cello
Conductor Modestas Pitrėnas 

Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Guntis Kuzma

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Atvars Lakstīgala

Programme:

Jānis Ivanovs
Jēkabs Jančevskis (premiere)
Alfrēds Kalniņš
Juris Karlsons
Jānis Mediņš
Ādolfs Skulte

When?
  • 27/01, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
10 - 25 €

Stradivarius Tritton violin in his hands, Kolja Blacher entrances the audiences with exceptionally refined tonality and meticulously sharp interpretation. For almost ten years he performed with Claudio Abbado as the first violin of Berlin Philharmonic and Lucerne Festival Orchestra; now at his prime the virtuoso violinist enjoys the dual role of soloist and chamber musician. Beethoven and contemporary music is especially dear to both, therefore this rendezvous with Sinfonietta Rīga includes a very intimate contemplation on life and eternity – Leaving by Russian composer Elena Firsova – as well as the dramatic Violin Concerto and bright, pastoral Symphony No. 6 by the Viennese classic.

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When?
  • 24/02, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
10 - 25 €

Kristian Bezuidenhout was born in South Africa, studied in Australia and New York,  lives in London and dazzles the audiences in the world's greatest concert halls and festivals. Under the brilliant pianist's masterly touch the piano as well as harpsichord and especially fortepiano sing out in the most extraordinary voices. In addition, Bezuidenhout is well-known Mozart expert. For his sophisticated and clever interpretations Bezuidenhout has received several prestigious recording awards, including ECHO Klassik 2017. In this programme we will be treated to his reading of two Mozart's compositions; along with these classic 18th century Vienna school works, we will also enjoy echoes from the 19th century Vienna as experienced by the romantic bard Franz Schubert; finally, the New Vienna School will be represented by Alban Berg and his Lyric Suite.

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When?
  • 17/03, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
10 - 20 €

The music of the great British composer Jonathan Harvey unites light and beauty with the ability to convey sublime eternal notions. These themes are equally close to the young Latvian composers. Matīss Čudars' composition for electrical guitar and chamber orchestra is rousing and calming at the same time, reminding of the feelings one might experience in nature; in his turn, Krists Auznieks contemplates the transcendental and the temporal, reflecting upon the correspondences of Christianity and Buddhism. Similarly, in his legendary opus Bhakti, Harvey presents sound as a building block of the universe, craving to uncover the secrets of creation. Sinfonietta Rīga invites the listeners along on a ride to an unusual world of sound, through time and space, to a place where acoustic timbres merge with electronically generated impulses. 

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When?
  • 20/04, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
10 - 25 €

Polish conductor Zbigniew Graca, well-known to Latvian audiences, is a renowned Mozart expert. Once again he picks up the conductor's baton in front of Sinfonietta Rīga, this time to look for similarities and differences between the works of his compatriots and the masterpieces of the great Viennese classic – the legendary Symphony No. 40, and a few of his lyrical and vibrant romantic arias. The sounds of Poland and the Polish worldview will be brought forth in Witold Lutoslawski's Little Suite with its national colouring; in Mechislav Karlovich's Serenade for Strings, full of romantic ardour, and Tadeusz Baird's Four Love Sonnets, whose medieval mood and Shakespearean passions will reverberate in the bass-baritone voice of another Pole – Jaroslav Brek.

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When?
  • 11/05, 19:00
Where?
Riga, Great Guild
Price
10 - 25 €

The season closing concert of Sinfonietta Rīga is a lavish and colourful smorgasbord, offering a selection that will satisfy any musical gourmand. First, a favourite of  Sinfonietta Rīga artistic director – the father of the Vienna School, Joseph Haydn, with his festive score written to celebrate the laying of foundation for a new opera house. Next, the great Englishman Benjamin Britten with his neoclassical Simple Symphony, and the extravagant, multi-talented Austrian HK Gruber, who will take the listeners on an exciting trip through the musical styles of the 20th century, playfully referencing jazz, pop and cabaret. And let us not forget the golden repertoire of French horn: the romantic and melodic Horn Concerto No. 1 by Richard Strauss. The special guest of the evening will be the brilliant French horn player Hervé Joulain, who is celebrated for his warm and delightful intonations as well as musical maturity. 

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