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"Kremerata Baltica" opens "Riga 2014" concert series "Born in Riga"

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RIGA, March 7 - Violinist Gidon Kremer and the "Kremerata Baltica" chamber orchestra will perform the first concert in the "Born in Riga" concert series, dedicated to the European Capital of Culture status of the city, at "Ziemelblazma" culture centre tonight, as "Riga 2015" foundation's public relations officer Martins Dregeris told LETA.

Commenting the concert program, Kremer especially emphasizes Mieczyslaw Weinberg's piano quintet, saying that Weinberga was one of the greatest composers of the 20th century who was undeservedly forgotten but is being rediscovered now. Also on the program are Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Frederic Chopin's concerts. Performing in the concert will be Kremer, "Kremerata Baltica" and pianist Andrei Korobeinikov.

Kremer is very happy to be in Riga and open the "Born in Riga" concert series together with "Kremerata Baltica". He says he is closely associated with Riga and is proud of it becoming the European Capital of Culture. Kremer's grandfather and parents lived and worked in Riga, he also grew here and attended the Emils Darzins Music School. Also, the first "Kremerata Baltica" concert was held in Riga seventeen years ago.

The next concert in the series is scheduled for May 17 when soprano Inga Kalna will give a solo concert at the Latvian National Opera, conducted by the prominent British conductor Julian Reynolds. The program features compositions and arias from operas by Gaetano Donizetti, Gioachino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi and others.

A number of Riga-born opera stars will perform at the Latvian National Opera on July 6: Maija Kovalevska, Inese Galante, Aleksandrs Antonenko, Egils Silins, Gidon Kremer, Mischa Maisky, Baiba Skride, Iveta Apkalna, Vestards Simkus, Raimonds Pauls, Laima Jansone, as well as choirs and an orchestra conducted by Andris Poga.

The "Born in Riga" concert series will close with a concert by Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra on November 7. Jansons will dedicate the concert to his father, conductor Arvids Jansons on his 100th anniversary.

The concert series "Born in Riga" is one of the musical events of Riga's European Capital of Culture program, which features performances by some of the greatest classical music personalities who originally hail from Riga.
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