Peteris Vasks Festival
The Cēsis Concert Hall is launching a new festival dedicated to the music of the prominent Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks. The inaugural festival, aiming to reveal the different facets of Vasks’ oeuvre, invites music lovers took place on April 2018 with three concerts. Pēteris Vasks is undoubtedly the most performed Latvian composer abroad. His music sounds at all the major concert halls, played by some of the world’s greatest musicians. We would love to make Cēsis Concert Hall the Latvian home of Vasks’ music and to have people who appreciate and love his music converge here every April to experience the unworldly magic of these musical pieces again and again.The II Peteris Vasks festival will higlight 4 concerts on 13, 14 and 20 of April.
Saturday, 13th April, 14:00

In respect of spiritual power and energy, the musical mindset of Pēteris Vasks is shared by composers like Arvo Pärt, Gia Kancheli, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, John Taverner. As he was giving shape to the musical conception of the festival, Vasks wanted to use the proramme of chamber music to highlight the mental affinity between composers from Latvia and the rest of Northern Europe, the shared

Saturday, 13th April, 19:00

John Neumeier Bundesjugendballett (Germany)

This year’s festival will reveal Pēteris Vasks’ music from a different angle ‒ in a contemporary ballet production. The German Bundesjugendballett (National Youth Ballet) and choreographer Sasha Rivas have staged a one-act ballet ‘Muted’ set to Vasks’ piece for piano quartet. The music will be performed by Latvian musicians who will share the stage with the

Pre-concert conversation. PĒTERIS VASKS FESTIVAL
Sunday, 14th April, 18:00

Before the festival concert "Lonely Angel. Meditation for Violin and String Orchestra" in the concert hall's organ hall everyone is invited to participate in the pre-concert conversation, to which musicologist Orest Silabriedis have invited composers Pēteris Vasks and Arturs Maskats, as well as the evening concert soloist, violinist Hugo Ticiatti.

Participation free of charge.

PETERIS VASKS FESTIVAL | LONELY ANGEL. Meditation for violin and string orchestra
Sunday, 14th April, 19:00

Programme: Pēteris Vasks, ‘Viatore’ and ‘Lonely Nagel; Arturs Maskats, Concerto Grosso No. 1; Erkki-Sven Tüür, ‘Angel’s Share’ (Latvian premiere).

The gift of the Swedish chamber orchestra O’Modernt to the Latvian festival is a programme of Baltic music where Latvians Pēteris Vasks and Arturs Maskats are rubbing shoulders with the Estonian composer Erkki-Sven Tüür, whose ‘Angel’s Share’ for violin

Saturday, 20th April, 19:00

Vestards Šimkus, piano

Roberts Rubīns, video

Programme: Pēteris Vasks, ‘The Seasons’ piano cycle

This year’s Pēteris Vasks Festival features a repeated performance of the 2016 Cēsis Concert Hall multi-media production of Vasks’ piano cycle ‘The Seasons’ where the musical interpretation by the brilliant pianist Vestards Šimkus is complemented by Roberts Rubīns’ animated projections of the