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Great Guild

The origin of the Great Guild - one of the oldest public buildings in the Baltics - go back to the first half of the 14th century. It has always been open to cultural and social events.

The edifice of the Great Guild was opened in 1857, with elements of Eclecticism of the English Gothic style and an outstanding interior. After a fire in 1963, it was reconstructed two years later with a new entrance-hall and interior adapted to needs of a concert hall, becoming the home of the Riga Philharmonic.

Saistītie pasākumi

29 Sep

Concerts (classical)

Latvian National Symphony Orchestra's season opening concert

29 Sep
Tālivaldis Ķeniņš recalls his friends, and the core of his symphonic work Beatae voces tenebrae (Beautiful Voices of the Past) is the monogram BACH. Ķeniņš’s teacher Olivier Messiaen is looking at length – with passion and ardour – at the swift passage of time; his song of love bursts with transcendental, resplendent joy. The sound of the symphony orchestra entwines a marvellous piano part and the ecstatic bellow of the ondes Martenot.

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04 Oct

Concerts (classical)

Chamber music concert - European Romantics

04 Oct
Concert by pianist Magda Amara, violinist Dalia Dedisnkaitė and Johannes Fleischmann, cellist Gleb Pysniak and Lithuanian soprano Egle Strumskyte, performing music by Franz Schubert, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Camille Saint-Saens, Gustav Mahler and other great Romantic composers.

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07 Oct

Concerts (classical)

Autumn Chamber Music Festival. Tango from Buenos Aires to Paris

07 Oct
Tango, the bohemian-flavoured fruit of city nights... Sleepless wandering through narrow streets, in and out of cafés and bars is just as fitting to the image of Buenos Aires as that of Paris. Maybe that is why the paths of so many Argentinians connect these two metropolises. One of them is Marcelo Nisinman, student and close family friend of the tango king Astor Piazzolla. In his own creative career Nisinman follows the path laid down by his grand master friend and teacher. A transformative experience which gave power to Piazzolla's reformative ideas was the time spent in Paris, studying under the legendary Nadia Boulanger, who had a great role also in the life of Igor Stravinsky. The latter – and jazz! – was, in turn, admired by Piazzolla and Les Six, including, of course, Darius Milhaud.

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11 Oct

Concerts (classical)

Autumn Chamber Music Festival. Skride Quartet.

11 Oct
Baiba Skride’s performances are naturally musical, with a fresh view, excitement and artless freedom. She is visiting Latvia with a new concert programme featuring the masterpieces of piano quartets.

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19 Oct

Concerts (classical)

The Latvian National Symphony Orchestra in the concert "A Cello's Algorithm"

19 Oct
The concert is dedicated to the jubilee of Eleonora Testeļeca – a fiery cellist and phenomenal pedagogue. The program includes the professor’s beloved "Schelomo" by Bloch, with LNSO’s principal cellist Diana Ozoliņa playing the solo part. The program also features Jānis Ivanovs' poignant, moving concerto with Ēriks Kiršfelds, and a concerto by igneous Bulgarian composer Tabakova with Kristīne Blaumane. Rumour has it, there will also be a piece for a cello choir, written specifically for the concert.

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20 Oct

Concerts (classical)

Autumn Chamber Music Festival. Haydn's Symphony and Vasks' “Epiphany”

20 Oct
The passionate performances of violinist Lorenza Borrani move audiences and critics alike, and more so enchant and inspire the musicians who have been lucky enough to share the stage with her, united in music. The Italian musician brightly shines in all her creative endeavours – as a concertmaster and orchestra leader, performing with friends and colleagues in different chamber ensembles, as well as a brilliant soloist.

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03 Nov

Concerts (classical)

Latvian National Symphony Orchestra in the concert "Elgar and Enigma"

03 Nov
Distinguished maestro Vassily Sinaisky, a former artistic director of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, is revisiting Riga to conduct Latvian classical composer Jānis Ivanovs' beautiful unfinished Symphony No. 21, which once received its first performance under his baton. Alongside with Ivanovs' piece - Sergei Prokofiev's breathtaking Piano Concerto No. 1 with Jorge Gonsalez Buajasan, the Paris-educated shooting star of European piano art. The second part of the program features tranquil English romanticist Edward Elgar's "Enigma Variations", a portrayal of the composer's friends, including "Nimrod" as its easily recognizable centerpiece.

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24 Nov

Concerts (classical)

John Adams' Shaker Loops and Joseph Haydn's La passione

24 Nov
American minimalist John Adams' legendary piece Shaker Loops was inspired in equal parts by the perpetual rippling of water and the memories of the Christian religious group known as shakers and their ecstatic worship rituals. Similar wild bursts of energy promises to be scattered through the new work of freethinker Platons Buravickis - Aesthetics of Disassembly. On the other hand, the Viennese classic Joseph Haydn's symphony La passione and Finnish contemporary composer Kaija Saariaho's Graal théâtre, with its sublimely drawn contrast between eternal and ephemeral, might be defined as sacral works. The concert's soloist – violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky – has a broad emotional range, capturing the audiences with innate poignancy and unconstrained musicality.

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25 Nov

Concerts (classical)

Baltic Symphony Festival. Concert "Two-fourths. Tuur. Schumann"

25 Nov

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01 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Baltic symphony festival - concert The Baltic Pyramid

01 Dec

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09 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Baltic Symphony Festival. Concert "Maskats' Axis of Ordinates"

09 Dec
The new piece by Latvian composer Arturs Maskats - a tribute to Latvia's centenary - has been inspired by the poetry and destinies of the three Baltic states. The soloists are brilliant Asmika Grigorjana from Lithuania, gallant Aleksandrs Antoņenko from Latvia and Mari Kalkun from Estonia, whose voice is reminiscent of summertime meadow. The other piece of the program is the popular and inegnious Symphony No. 2 by Jean Sibelius believed to herald national ideas.

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14 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Concert "Daumants Kalniņš and 12 Metalheads on Christmas"

14 Dec
Few bars from Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, few dances from Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker, a sled ride, shiny trumpets and gentle tinkling of bells, solos by Kaspars Majors, the lead trombone of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, and energetic and passionate voice of Daumants Kalniņš in Christmas melodies that overflow with bliss and joy of life.

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16 Dec

Concerts (classical)

European Christmas. Mendelssohn's Overture and Mozart's Prague Symphony

16 Dec
This is the third meeting of Sinfonietta Riga and the exuberant German Christoph Poppen; the brilliant violinist, also a gifted pedagogue, lately more often has been seen with a conductor's baton, performing with orchestras from Europe, the US and Asia. His belief in music's power to make the world a better place perfectly suits the spirit of the Christmas season as well as this program, which includes Mendelssohn's dreamy portrait of the beautiful Melusine, Mozart's effervescent Prague Symphony and Rodrigo's Concierto Pastoral, written for the “Irishman with the golden flute" James Galway. Coincidentally, Galway is one of the masters with whom the Latvian flutist Dita Krenberga, the concert's soloist, once studied.

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23 Dec - 26 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Riga Jazz at Christmas time

23 Dec - 26 Dec
The "Riga" Orchestra Big Band extends an invitation for you to attend the Christmas time jazz concerts in Great Guild Hall.

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23 Dec - 26 Dec

Concerts (classical)

Riga Jazz at Christmas time

23 Dec - 26 Dec
The "Riga" Orchestra Big Band extends an invitation for you to attend the Christmas time jazz concerts in Great Guild Hall.

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28 Dec - 30 Dec

Concerts (classical)

The LNSO New Year's Eve concert "The Golden Ratio"

28 Dec - 30 Dec
The New Year's Eve concert starts off with Polish classical composer Stanisław Moniuszko's "Solemn Polonaise", followed by an excerpt from Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida", dreamy and moving film music by Wojciech Kilar and a whirlwind of Johann Strauss' timeless polkas and waltzes. A concert like champagne!

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28 Dec - 30 Dec

Concerts (classical)

The LNSO New Year's Eve concert "The Golden Ratio"

28 Dec - 30 Dec
The New Year's Eve concert starts off with Polish classical composer Stanisław Moniuszko's "Solemn Polonaise", followed by an excerpt from Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida", dreamy and moving film music by Wojciech Kilar and a whirlwind of Johann Strauss' timeless polkas and waltzes. A concert like champagne!

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28 Dec - 30 Dec

Concerts (classical)

The LNSO New Year's Eve concert "The Golden Ratio"

28 Dec - 30 Dec
The New Year's Eve concert starts off with Polish classical composer Stanisław Moniuszko's "Solemn Polonaise", followed by an excerpt from Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida", dreamy and moving film music by Wojciech Kilar and a whirlwind of Johann Strauss' timeless polkas and waltzes. A concert like champagne!

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