Symphony Concert

New Year’s Concert Cinema!

Fr, 1. Jan, 4 PM

Since “the pictures first learned to move,” the film medium has inspired the artistic production of composers with diverse backgrounds. For this New Year’s Concert, General Music Director Ainārs Rubiķis has looked beyond the typical soundtracks produced by the Hollywood dream machine, seeking out well-known as well as undiscovered pieces from composers such as Arthur Honegger, Sergei S. Prokofiev, Alfred Schnittke, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and Nino Rota. Film is – rolling!

Marc Piollet and Annette Dasch

Fri, 15. Jan 8 PM

Franz Schreker »Nachtstück«, interlude from the third act of the opera Der ferne Klang vom ewigen Leben for soprano and large orchestra
Richard Strauss »Es gibt ein Reich«, aria from the opera Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60
Ernest Bloch In the Night
Erich Wolfgang Korngold »Ich soll ihn niemals, nie mehr sehn«, aria from the opera Die Kathrin, Op. 28
»Ich ging zu ihm«, aria from the opera Das Wunder der Heliane, Op. 20
Music from the film score for The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex
"Tomorrow", Symphonic poem for female voice and orchestra, Op. 33, from the film The Constant Nymph
Cole Porter Overture to the film musical High Society
Kurt Weill "One life to live", song from the musical Lady in the Dark

The French conductor Marc Piollet, equally celebrated in opera houses and concert halls, and world-class soprano Annette Dasch bring to life in concert the multifaceted first half of the 20th century, creating bridges between Europe, Broadway and Hollywood: reveling in melancholy late Romantic orchestral music, dreaming grand operatic arias and somberly enchanting songs, glancing at a harmonic world beyond major and minor keys, and strolling through glamorous Hollywood avenues. An evening that blurs the boundaries between Germany and the United States, between song and aria, between symphonic poetry and film soundtracks!
Marc Piollet
© Felix Broede
Anette Dasch

Ainārs Rubiķis, Benjamin Grosvenor and Sebastian Lehne

Fri, 26. Feb 8 PM

Antonio Vivaldi »L’inverno« (»Winter«) from Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons) Op. 8/3 for piano and orchestra.
Pyotr I. Tchaikovski »December, January, february« from The Seasons Op. 37a in the version from Sergei Abir
Edvard Grieg Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in A minor, Op. 16
Jean Sibelius Symphony No. 1 in E minor, Op. 39

Snow storms, northerly winds and log fires – at the end of winter, conductor Ainārs Rubiķis and pianist Benjamin Grosvenor take a musical look back before journeying into the high north. The British pianist, celebrated around the world for his poetic and expressive interpretations, performs Edvard Grieg’s piano concerto in A minor. A second look at the »sound of the north« is provided by Jean Sibelius’ first symphony with its austere, melancholy tone colors.
Benjamin Grosvenor
© Andrej Grilc

James Gaffigan und Felix Nickel

Fri, 9. Apr 8 PM

Anton Webern Variationen für Orchester op. 30
Friedrich Gulda Konzert für Violoncello und Blasorchester
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Sinfonie Nr. 41 C-Dur KV 551 Jupiter

Klassik, Jazz und Wiener Schule – ein Abend durchquert die Musikgeschichte Westeuropas, unter der Leitung eines der interessantesten Dirigenten seiner Generation: James Gaffigan. Mit Anton Weberns Variationen für Orchester op. 30 erklingt das letzte in Zwölftontechnik geschaffene Instrumentalwerk des Meisters der Avantgarde des 20. Jahrhunderts, gefolgt von Friedrich Guldas Kult-Komposition, dem Konzert für Violoncello und Blasorchester: Solo-Cellist Felix Nickel und das Orchester der Komischen Oper Berlin interpretieren diese abenteuerliche Jagd durch
Stile und Formen zwischen Romantik und Jazz; bis das Konzert mit Mozarts meisterhafter letzter Sinfonie, der Jupiter-Sinfonie, seinen fulminanten Abschluss findet.
James Gaffigan
© Vera Hartmann
Felix Nickel
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Ainārs Rubiķis und Martin Grubinger

Fr, 21. May 8 PM

Antonio Vivaldi »La primavera« (»Spring«) from Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons) Op. 8/1 in a version for drum set and orchestra
Pyotr I. Tchaikovski »March, April, May« from The Seasons op. 37 a in the version from Sergei Abir
Tan Dun The Tears of Nature
Igor Strawinsky The Rite of Spring

With the beat of a drum, Ainārs Rubiķis and Martin Grubinger bring in the spring season, placing it decisively under the sign of rhythm and percussion. Tan Dun’s The Tears of Nature was composed for Martin Grubinger, one of the most distinguished contemporary percussionists, and joins the expressive power and sonic world of percussion with the sounds of nature. Stravinsky also unusually emphasized rhythm and tone in his Rite of Spring – still radical to this day!
Martin Grubinger
© Simon Pauly
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Ainārs Rubiķis, Ksenija Sidorova and Wolfram Koch

Fr, 18 Jun 8 PM

Antonio Vivaldi »L’estate« (»Summer«) from Le quattro stagioni (The Four Seasons) op. 8/2 in a version for accordion and orchestra
Pjotr I. Tschaikowski »June, July, August« from The Seasons op. 37a in the version from Sergei Abir
Václav Trojan Fairy Tales
Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy A Midsummer Night’s Dream op. 61

Summer with Vivaldi and Tchaikovsky – General Music Director Ainārs Rubiķis and the miracle on accordion Ksenija Sidorova will take you away into roaring thunderstorms and balmy nights. Nights that the Latvian dream team fills with reverberating legendary characters from Václav Trojan's Fairy Tales. After that, the ensemble members Alma Sadé and Maria Fiselier will lead you into enchanted forests with Mendelssohn's most famous work – a true midsummer night's dream!
Wolfram Koch
© Klaus Dyba
Ksenija Sidorova © John Kentish
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