May 31, 2021

Riga Jurmala Music Festival’s Concerts with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra to Take Place at Dzintari Concert Hall

Concerts for the second week of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival planned to take place at the Latvian National Opera in Riga will instead take place at the Dzintari Concert Hall in Jurmala, report the festival’s organisers. On August 6th and 7th, we will see the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Yuri Temirkanov on the semi-open-air stage at this historic venue in the Baltic beachside resort.  The change in venue is primarily motivated by a concern for the health and safety of the artists, audience and team, as well as ensuring the best chances that the concerts can take place with the least restrictions possible.

“We are truly pleased that the Riga Jurmala Music Festival will be able to open to visitors this summer, allowing them to enjoy performances by world-famous classical music artists in person. Despite the unpredictable and fast-changing situation, we have worked hard on planning the 2021 Festival programme by preparing for different situations.  We appreciate our audience’s trust and interest in our event, reflected in the number of tickets already sold,” explains Riga Jurmala Music Festival Executive Director Zane Čulkstēna. 

This summer, the Riga Jurmala Festival will take place over four weekends from July 16th to September 5th, featuring renowned symphony orchestras and conductors like the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with John Eliot Gardiner, the Concertgebouworkest with Daniel Harding, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra with Yuri Temirkanov, and the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra with Andris Nelsons.

World-famous cellist Mischa Maisky joins line-up

Due to complications arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, cellist Truls Mørk has regrettably cancelled his appearance in this summer’s Festival. The esteemed Riga-born cellist Mischa Maisky, who appeared in the augural season of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival, has kindly agreed to perform on August 6th with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra.

“I am very grateful to my friend Mischa Maisky for having accepted to step in for Truls Mørk so that the performance can take place as planned. We are disappointed that circumstances prevent Truls from joining us this summer and we look forward to inviting him back very soon.  Besides being one of Latvia’s outstanding cultural ambassadors, Mischa is an exceptional cellist with whom I have had the honour of collaborating for decades.  He has been a friend to the Festival by performing in the first edition, giving an online masterclass last year and now ‘saving the show’,” says Riga Jurmala Music Festival Artistic Director Martin T:son Engstroem.

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All purchased tickets to the concerts on August 6th and 7th at the Dzintari Concert Hall will be transferred to similar seats in the same price category. For further information please contact us at [email protected] or +371-27770010.