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
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
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.
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
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