This Friday, August 27th, the first concert of the third week of the Rīga Jūrmala Music Festival will take place in the Great Hall of Jūrmala’s Dzintari Concert Hall. The concert will feature Amsterdam’s world-famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra under conductor Daniel Harding. On August 28th, also at Dzintari, renowned American soprano Renée Fleming, one of the greatest performers of our time, will give a concert with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
The continuation and third weekend of the Rīga Jūrmala Festival, with concerts taking place between August 27th and 29th at Dzintari Concert Hall in Jūrmala and the Great Guild Hall, opens next Thursday, August 26th at Riga’s Kronvalda Park between 7:30 p.m. and 9:20 p.m., with music lovers’ favourite, Musical Soiree with Ekselence. The event is free, and tickets must be reserved in advance at tickets.riga-jurmala.com/2021.
Next Friday, on August 27, the Riga Jurmala Music Festival’s educational programme in cooperation with Embassy of the United States of America in Latvia presents an in-person singing masterclass with legendary American soprano Renée Fleming. As part of the class, Daniils Kuzmins and Ilze Grēvele – all of whom are students at the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music – will work on their renditions of world-famous arias and romances. The masterclass will be open to the public, and Q&A session with the soprano will follow afterwards. The masterclass will take place at the Great Guild Hall on August 27 from 10 a.m. till 11.30 a.m. and the attendance must be booked in advance at tickets.riga-jurmala.com/2021/. Additionally, the masterclass will be broadcasted online on Riga Jurmala Academy’s Facebook page.
This past weekend, August 6 to 8, saw the second of four weekends of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival. Visitors enjoyed five chamber music concerts by some of the world’s greatest performers and took part in a Musical Soirée with Ekselence, which featured a relaxed musical picnic in Riga’s Kronvalds Park. Mischa Maisky, in collaboration with the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, also led a cello masterclass for talented young musicians.
We are happy to inform you that there are additional tickets available to all Festival concerts! Consistent with our policy of prioritising health and safety, we have decided that for the rest of the Festival’s concerts from 6 August to 5 September 2021, admission will be allowed exclusively to ticket-holders who hold a valid COVID-19 EU Digital Certificate that proves the fact of vaccination or recovery. As a result, capacities at all concerts are increased to 100%, and more tickets are available.
The next Musical Soirée of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival takes place on the evening of August 7 from 7.30 till 9.30 p.m. in Kronvalds Park, Riga. Concurrently with Mikhail Pletnev’s concert at Dzintari Concert Hall, the audience will hear the Impromptu No. 3 in G-flat major, op. 51; 13 Mazurkas and the Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor, op. 58 by Frédéric Chopin.
The St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra withdraws due to COVID-19; Mikhail Pletnev steps in with a rare all-Chopin recital and a chamber music encounter with cellist Mischa Maisky and violinist Daniel Lozakovich
The Riga Jurmala Music Festival opened last weekend 16-18 July with huge success, being one of the world’s first international music festivals to welcome 100% capacity audiences without masks. The Festival took the decision to only allow audience members who had been double vaccinated or recently recovered from COVID-19, to allow for maximum numbers of people to enjoy the world-class visiting artists in the safest possible circumstances. The first weekend saw around 3,500 visitors across the five concerts at Riga’s Great Guild and Jurmala’s Dzintari Concert Hall.
The Riga Jurmala Music Festival has announced that its second weekend will now feature the first-ever collaboration between the renowned Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnev and the up-and-coming Swedish violinist Daniel Lozakovich.
On Sunday, July 18, Latvian Television will broadcast from Dzintari Concert Hall a special concert by the newly-formed Mariss Jansons Festival Orchestra, conducted by the renowned British conductor John Eliot Gardiner.