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July 18, 2019

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra to open the festival

The RIGA JURMALA Music Festival will open this week – 19 and 21 July – with two concerts by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (BRSO). Both concerts will be broadcast live on Latvian Radio 3 Klasika, but the concert on 21 July will also be aired on Latvian Television at 22:10 with the generous support of the Foreign Ministry of the Federal German Republic.

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July 17, 2019

The youth orchestra records a special greeting for the guests of RJMF

A specially assembled youth orchestra, led by burgeoning conductor Arturs Oskars Mitrevics, recorded a welcome video for RJMF guests called “Music is in Our Nature”.

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Useful information for the festival guests

To help with getting ready for the festival opening weekend, the organisers have prepared some practical advice and we invite you to acquaint yourself with it before the concerts.

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July 8, 2019

Riga Jurmala Music Festival and Riga Wine & Champagne invite to enjoy the pairing up of music and wine in the best restaurants of Riga

Riga Wine & Champagne festival has established a collaboration with the new Riga Jurmala Music Festival – music lovers will have a unique chance to enjoy a set of wine and music paired up by the leading restaurants and sommeliers of Riga.

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Delicious and excellent: the first Ekselence Music Club took place in Maestro Jansons’ childhood apartment

The first Riga Jurmala Music festival Ekselence Music Club happened on 5 July. The event is organised in collaboration with festival partner Food Union – Latvia’s leading dairy processor – and their gourmet ice cream brand Ekselence.

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June 25, 2019

Susanna Mälkki to replace indisposed Mariss Jansons

As announced today by the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mariss Jansons is immediately taking a three-month regenerative break on the advice of his doctors, preventing him from conducting concerts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra in June, July and August 2019. Susanna Mälkki, music director of the Helsinki Philharmonic and principal guest conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, will replace Mariss Jansons for the concerts with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra during the opening weekend of the Riga Jurmala Music Festival

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June 17, 2019

Festival Labelled New and Excellent

This summer, a new, world-class symphony orchestra festival, the RĪGA JŪRMALA Festival, will take place in Latvia. The festival’s opening season will run over four weekends, from July 19th to September 1st, with concerts taking place at the Latvian National Opera, the Great and Small Halls of the Dzintari Concert Hall, as well as the Great Guild. Executive Director of the festival, Zane, Čulkstēna, tells us more.

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June 14, 2019

Festival Awarded European Festival Quality Label

The new Rīga Jūrmala Music Festival has been awarded an EFFE Label by the European Festivals Association (EFA). Only events who aim for arts engagement, community involvement and international involvement can be considered for this award. For 2017-2018, 715 festivals throughout Europe gained this label.

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June 10, 2019

Interview with Maestro Zubin Mehta: "Don’t look at the conductor, it doesn’t help"

"I have many plans, I’m still young! "A conversation with legendary conductor Zubin Mehta, who will perform this summer in the Rīga Jūrmala Music Festival with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.

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June 3, 2019

Riga Jurmala Music Festival to Gather Audience Members from 50 Countries

This summer, audience members from more than 50 countries will come to Latvia to enjoy the new classical RĪGA JŪRMALA Music Festival - the most remote festival visitors will arrive from Hong Kong, South Korea, Australia and the United States, while visitors from Germany, Lithuania, the United Kingdom and Estonia have bought the highest numbers of tickets among European countries.

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