Holiday music 2023. SUBSCRIPTION

Sunday, Feb 19, 13:59

Location: Small Hall
Event Producer: Dzintari Concert Hall

Subscription for one person to four concerts of the Holiday music concert cycle on Sundays, at 2.00 PM:

  • February 19, Alexander Antonenko
  • March 5, Accordion and saxophones in world music
  • April 23, Exotic dances
  • May 21, Yellow pavement

More about each concert:

February 19, at 2.00 PM Aleksandrs Antoņenko


Aleksandrs Antoņenko, tenor

Laila Holberga, concertmaster

Jānis Ozols, head of concert

March 5, at 2.00 PM Accordion and saxophones in world music


Artūrs Noviks, accordion and acordine

Riga Saxophone Quartet:

Katrīna Kivleniece – Cābule, soprano saxophone

Aigars Raumanis, alto saxophone

Ainars Šablovskis, tenor saxophone

Baiba Tilhena, baritone saxophone

Jānis Ozols, head of concert

In the program:

Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi, György Ligeti, Astor Piazzolla, Gorka Hermosa, Kārlis Lācis, etc.

About the program:

The experienced Riga Saxophone Quartet celebrated its 30th anniversary last year! The repertoire of the ensemble is stylistically and genre diverse, and the international scope of the geography of its concerts is no less impressive. The concert program of this quartet will also allow you to feel the breadth of the world – in it, the quartet will play with the broad-minded accordionist Artūrs Noviks, who will also play acordine, a unique instrument rarely heard in Latvia! Along with pages from Antonio Vivaldi’s sparklingly imaginative cycle “Seasons”, ancient dances set to the suites of Vivaldi’s contemporary Johann Sebastian Bach will also be played, and the exquisite masterpiece Musica Ricercata for accordion solo by 20th century classicist György Ligeti will be placed next to the baroque music. Contrasting moods will be brought to the program by the tango king Astor Piazzolla and jazz saxophonist Gerry Mulligan’s song “Years of Solitude”, full of bitterness and melancholy, as well as the fiery sun and passion-filled “Iberia Dances” by Basque accordionist and composer Gorka Hermosa and a score specially composed for these musicians by Latvian melodist Kārlis Lācis with inspiration from Latvian folk song “Jūriņ prasa” or “The sea asks”.

April 23, at 2.00 PM Exotic dances


Aigars Raumanis, saxophone

Reinis Tomiņš, percussion instruments

Jānis Ozols, head of concert

In the program:

Astor Piazzolla, Akira Yuyama, Jean Francois, Gabriela Ortiz, David Long, Glenn Palmer, et al.

About the program:

In the concert program “Exotic Dances” two bright young talents have joined forces – percussionist Reinis Tomiņš and saxophonist, laureate of the Latvian Great Music Prize Aigars Raumanis. It will not only be a sonically exciting journey through exotic lands, but also through the diverse world of percussion instruments – with virtuoso grace, Reinis will sound maracas, bongs, jambas, shakers, also marimba and vibraphone, perfectly harmonizing with the timbral color of Aigars’ masterful saxophone playing. The harmonious duet has chosen compositions from many different parts of the world for the program – Gabriela Ortiz plays with the rhythms of her native Mexico in her Estudio Tongolele, while the Japanese Akira Yuyama plays with the varied tones of the marimba in Divertisement, American David Long’s Practus Interruptus plays musical jokes, and Glenn Palmer looks back at the colorful 1990 Ballroom Blitz the history of dances, while the cycle “Exotic Dances” of miniatures by the great master of tango, the Argentinian Astor Piazzolla and the French Jean-Francois will be played in a new timbral form, thanks to the arrangements of Raumanis and Tomiņš.

May 21, at 2.00 PM Yellow pavement


Guna Zariņa, actress

Maija Zandberga, flute

Rihards Plešanovs, piano

Jānis Semjonovs, bassoon

Jānis Ozols, concert manager

In the program:

Music by Anna Veismane and poetry by Monta Kroma

About the program:

Monta Kroma (1919–1994) is one of the brightest and most innovative representatives of Latvian modernist poetry. The events and publications dedicated to the centenary of the poetess, including the selection “Trotuārs”/”Pavament” compiled by the literary scholar Agija Ābiķe-Kondrāte, a few years ago brought up with new energy the role of this extraordinary poetess in the lyrical space of the 1970s and in the entire history of Latvian poetry. Dynamic city motifs, intimate revelation of feelings, sensuality and graphic expression can be heard in Kroma’s works. Often not accepted or misunderstood by the literary milieu of the time, these poems have survived their time and today allow us to talk about Kroma as an innovative and fascinating poet whose legacy attracts attention both in the context of modernist and urban poetry and feminist writing. The program “Yellow pavement” with original music by Anna Veismane was also inspired by Kroma’s poetry. Poetry and music will be performed by the great actress Guna Zariņa of the New Riga Theatre and well-known Latvian musicians: flautist Maija Zandberga, pianist Rihards Plešanovs and bassoonist Jānis Semjonovs.

Event Producer: Dzintari Concert Hall

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