The easing of pandemic-related restrictions has allowed many Latvian musical ensembles to resume long-awaited concert activity and organise festivals, thus finally meeting audiences in person again.
The Riga Festival, organised by Latvijas Koncerti, takes place this summer from June 11 until July 10. Its concerts feature the finest Latvian musicians and ensembles, including the Latvian Radio Choir, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, the Sinfonietta Rīga chamber orchestra, the Latvian Radio Big Band, the Riga Saxophone Quartet, pianist Vestards Šimkus, harpsichordist Ieva Saliete, pianist Agnese Eglīna and singer Intars Busulis. Themes range from the music of Imants Kalniņš, jazz standards and piano music from various eras to masterpieces of Belgian and French Baroque and also several premieres. Audiences can attend thee concerts in person. For more information HERE
The 2021 edition of Rīgas Ritmi, an international festival of improvisation, jazz and global music that will take place in several locations throughout the Latvian capital from June 30 until July 3, has announced its full programme. Local artists as well as stars from abroad will perform at venues including the VEF Culture Palace, the Daile Music House, the Jersika Records Stage at the Noass Arts Centre on the banks of the Daugava River, and also the M/Darbnīca cultural centre in the C. C. von Stritzky Villa quarter. Tickets to festival concerts are on sale at aula.lv. More information HERE
On July 2, the Great Amber Concert Hall in Liepāja will host the 29th Liepāja International Stars Festival. The programme will feature Georgijs Osokins performing the piano music of Frédéric Chopin. More information and tickets HERE
The Sansusī Festival invites music lovers to reserve time in July for in-person evening concerts and a live concert recording as well as the second weekend in August for the inspiring eighth edition of the festival. Tickets to the Sansusī evening in Cēsis (adults EUR 10, children EUR 1), the Sansusī evening in Riga (adults EUR 15, children EUR 1), the live concert recording of Andris Dzenītis’ Men’s Songs at the Reformation Church studio in Riga (EUR 9) and the festival itself (EUR 50 for a three-day ticket; digital tickets go on sale in July) are available at sansusi.lv. More information to follow!