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One Ticket Please - a film by Matiss Kaza
Feb
23
7:00 PM19:00

One Ticket Please - a film by Matiss Kaza

Matiss Kaža's 65 minute documentary One Ticket Please will premiere Cinema at Village as part of Winter Fest Awards.

One Ticket Please is a documentary about the life of a 78-year-old Indian woman in New York who is the world’s most passionate theatergoer. Nicki Cochrane been going to at least one play every day for more than 25 years, acquiring free tickets using a variety of ingenious means. Despised by many theater employees in New York for her behavior, Nicki prides herself with a staunch dedication to the art. But at what point does passion turn into addiction?

The production of this film was supported by the Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation and Latvian National Film Centre.

To view the film's trailer, click here.

When: Friday February 23, 2018, 7 pm
Where: Cinema Village, 22 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003


To purchase tickets please visit the festival's website here.

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And Flowers Showered - by composer Krists Auznieks - February 25, 2018
Feb
25
4:00 PM16:00

And Flowers Showered - by composer Krists Auznieks - February 25, 2018

Contemporaneous, the 21-piece ensemble lauded as “ferocious” by the New York Times, performs And Flowers Showered, an immersive evening-length exploration of the self through music, movement, and visual art. Created by visionary Latvian composer Krists Auznieks and designer Magnus Pind, And Flowers Showered asks us to examine the nature of the voice within the self, while transforming National Sawdust into a vast natural environment. Through words, music, and the transfiguration of physical space, And Flowers Showered allows us to investigate the constituent parts of the indigenous voice — what is the self, and what makes us each an individual?

When: Sunday, February 25, at 4 pm and 7 pm

Where:  National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249

For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

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Latvian Heritage Night with the NY Knicks - April 7, 2018
Apr
7
7:30 PM19:30

Latvian Heritage Night with the NY Knicks - April 7, 2018

Experience the New York Knicks 1st ever Latvian Heritage Night.

KNICKS VS. BUCKS, SAT. APRIL 7 @ 7:30PM

Join us as we celebrate the Latvian Centennial when the New York Knicks and home of NBA All Star Kristaps Porzingis take on the Milwaukee Bucks @ MSG!

The NY Latvian Choir will perform the Star Spangled Banner, piragi will be for sale, and more special surprises !!

To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE

For more info please contact:

Cole Schlesinger, Group Sales Account Manager at Madison Square Garden

Cole.Schlesinger@msg.com or 212-631-5739

To learn more about Latvia's Centenary celebrations, please click here.

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Andris Nelsons conducts the BSO at Carnegie Hall
Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

Andris Nelsons conducts the BSO at Carnegie Hall

There is no denying that Tristan und Isolde is one of the greatest showcases for singers and conductors. This concert features performers who meet the challenge. The Independent called Jonas Kaufmann “the preeminent Wagnerian tenor of his era,” while the “lustrous vocalism” of soprano Camilla Nylund has been praised by Opera News. Andris Nelsons, who “seems to draw the best from every orchestra he works with” (The New York Times), conducts his Boston Symphony Orchestra in the impassioned Act II, which includes one of the most moving and beloved of love duets of Wagner’s masterpiece.

When: Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 8 pm
Where: Carnegie Hall.


To book tickets, please click here.

To read more about maestro Andris Nelsons, click here.

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Kremerata Baltica at Carnegie Hall
Apr
25
to Apr 26

Kremerata Baltica at Carnegie Hall

The legato lines, delicate ornamentations, and colors that grace Chopin’s solo piano works are also found in his music for other instruments. There is not a single composition by him that does not involve the keyboard, including a small handful of works that prominently feature the cello. The Introduction and Polonaise brillante and Cello Sonata in G Minor are two of these rarities. While the former is a sparkling showpiece, the latter is an intense, highly emotive work. One of his early compositions, Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2 is also noteworthy for its Romantic middle movement and rollicking finale: a zesty Polish mazurka. Performing this evening will be Latvian based Kremerata Baltica with pianist Danill Trifonov and cellist Gautier Capucon.
 
When: Thursday, April 25 and 26, 2018, at 8 pm
Where: Carnegie Hall.


To book tickets, please click here.

To read more about Kremerata Baltica, click here.

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Maris Briezkalns Quintet - Rothko in Jazz - May 2, 2018
May
2
7:30 PM19:30

Maris Briezkalns Quintet - Rothko in Jazz - May 2, 2018

Māris Briežkalns Quintet's Rothko in Jazz is hailed by The Washington Post as “a wide-ranging musical homage to Mark Rothko’s paintings."

The evening features music by ten renowned Latvian composers, each commissioned to create a piece evoking the mood of an abstract expressionist artwork by the Latvia-born visual artist. The original jazz compositions, arranged and performed by the Quintet, are accompanied by large-scale projections of Rothko's iconic paintings.

Composers: Lolita Ritmanis, Ēriks Ešenvalds, Rihards Dubra, Artūrs Maskats, Pēteris Vasks, Jēkabs Jančevskis, Vilnis Šmīdbergs, Jēkabs Nīmanis, Georgs Pelēcis, Raimonds Pauls.

When: Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 7:30 pm

Where: Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street, (Between 9th and 10th Avenues)

To book tickets, please click here.

Māris Briežkalns Quintet is today one of the leading and interesting small acoustic mainstream bands on Latvian jazz scene, stretching special accents on pop – jazz and Latin jazz. MBQ has performed on several international stages including also here in the U.S.at the JFK Center Washington D.C., and in NYC at Blue Note and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.

To read more about Māris Briežkalns Quintet, click here.

Rothko in Jazz is made possible by the support of the Ministry of Culture of Latvia and is one of the events celebrating Latvia's Centenary here in the U.S..

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Mariss Jansons conducts the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall
May
4
8:00 PM20:00

Mariss Jansons conducts the Bavarian Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

The Paris audience attending the 1923 premiere of Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No. 1 were expecting a work driven by the same furious energy as his ballet scores. Instead, they were surprised by a beautiful concerto with a lyrical quality and a particularly rhapsodic opening solo. The 1805 audience at the first public performance of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 was stunned when they were presented with this truly revolutionary work. They encountered the most powerful symphony ever written. Beethoven’s mighty “Eroica” changed the face of symphonic music and heralded the age of Romanticism. Latvian born Mariss Jansons has been the Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (BRSO) since 2003.

When: Friday, May 4, 2018, at 8 pm
Where: Carnegie Hall.


To book tickets, please click here.

To read more about Mariss Jansons, click here.

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Amber and Honey Ball
May
12
7:00 PM19:00

Amber and Honey Ball

The Latvian Welfare Association of New York invites you to a Latvian Centennial ball!

This event will kick off the LV100NY organization’s fundraising campaign for Latvian retirement homes in need. 

The evening will feature live performances by the folk group TRIO (Zane Šmite, Asnate Rancāne, Ivars Cinkuss) electronic music combo 3 Live Project (Mareks Dainis, Normunds Piesis, Einārs Latiševs) and pop singer soloist Darja Schabad

For more information and ticket sales: http://lv100ny.com

To purchase ticket through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amber-honey-ball-tickets-39914665840

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2018 Baltic Film Festival - October 11-14, 2018
Oct
11
to Oct 14

2018 Baltic Film Festival - October 11-14, 2018

The first Baltic Film Festival will take place in New York this Fall, October 11-14, at Scandinavia House.

The Festival will be the first of its kind here in the U.S., showcasing the latest films from the three Baltic countries: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. Included in the screening line-up will be drama features, animation films and documentaries.

More details to follow in the coming months.

The festival is a joint co-operation project by the Estonian Consulate General in New York, the Lithuanian Consulate General in New York and the Latvian Consulate in New York.

During 2018, as part of the 100th anniversary celebrations of all three countries, the film institutes of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania will be co-operating to present the Baltic film industry at 15 leading film festivals around the world, including here in New York.

 

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Finger-drummer Rick Feds performs in NYC - February 15, 2018
Feb
15
10:00 PM22:00

Finger-drummer Rick Feds performs in NYC - February 15, 2018

Latvian musician Rihards Fedotovs aka Rick Feds is possibly the greatest finger-drummer of all time and has been included in Ableton's top 5 list two years in a row. He is a performer, music producer, Fulbright scholar, TED speaker, Ableton, Melodics and Arturia artist that seeks the boundaries of interactive art forms. After studies in RMC, Copenhagen finds his way in the U.S. and becomes a session musician to perform with artists like Cuba Gooding Sr., Betty Wright, Marcus Miller, etc. The former classical/jazz background makes a key difference in Rick's play on the sample pad. Feds' finger-drumming technique allows him to perform multi-layered electronic music live as well as trigger visuals all in real time and is later enriched by multi-instrumentalist's energetic play on drums, synthesisers, and various other instruments creating a full package of danceable entertainment.

Don’t miss out on Rick’s performance here in NYC:

When: February 15, 2018, at 10 pm

Where: Parkside Lounge, 317 East Houston Street New York, NY 10002.

When: February 23-24

Where: Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen St, New York, New York 10002.

When: February 27          

Where: Cutting Room NYC, 44 East 32nd Street New York, NY 10016 (between Park Ave and Madison Ave).

For full event details and to read more about Rick Feds here.

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Empire State Building in the colors of Latvia - Friday, February 9, 2018
Feb
9
to Feb 10

Empire State Building in the colors of Latvia - Friday, February 9, 2018

To celebrate the opening of the XXIII Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, New York's iconic Empire State Building will be illuminated in the colors of the competing nations on Friday February 9, 2018.

The lighting will commence at sunset and continue till 2 am. Each country's national flag colors will be shown on the tower for about 5 seconds. Latvia's flag colors will thus be visible approximately 7 times each hour during the evening.

Latvia will be sending 35 athletes to the Winter Olympics, competing in 9 sports, including bobsleigh, skeleton, luge, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, speed skating, figure skating, short-track and biathlon.

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Latvian Radio Big Band at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola - NYC
Jan
8
7:30 PM19:30

Latvian Radio Big Band at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola - NYC

The acclaimed Latvian Radio Big Band will perform at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola on January 8, 2018. Two concerts are planned, at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Seating is limited, so please book early.

When: Monday, January 8, 2018, 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm

Where:  Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, 10 Columbus Circle, corner of Broadway and 60th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10019.

To book your seats, please click here.

There is no charge to reserve places, but a min. $10 cover charge for food & beverages on the night, paid at the end of the evening.

For more information about the Latvian Radio Big Band, please click here.

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Reinis Zarins at Yale University
Dec
8
7:30 PM19:30

Reinis Zarins at Yale University

Since his concerto debut at the age of ten, Latvian concert pianist Reinis Zarins has performed as a recitalist, chamber musician and concerto soloist throughout Europe and North America. Equally at home in classical and contemporary repertoire, his passion lies in the creation of programs and interpretations that explore the deeper reasons and purposes behind music.
 
Presently resident in London, Reinis Zarins regularly performs in his native Latvia and has won the country’s Grand Music Award three times in the category “Outstanding interpretation”. He also champions the work of Latvian composers: the 2017/18 season sees the release of his third Latvian album, as well as premieres of a new piano concerto and a cycle of piano works written for Zarins by the leading composers of Latvia.

When: Friday, December 8, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Where: Sterling Divinity Quadrangle (SDQ ), Marquand Chapel
409 Prospect Street, New Haven, CT 06511


Program: Messiaen: Vingt regards sur l'enfant-Jésus - Reinis Zarins, piano

For more information about Reinis Zarins and this event, please click here.

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Aleksandrs Antonenko on stage at MetOpera for Verdi's Requiem - November 24 - December 4
Nov
24
to Dec 4

Aleksandrs Antonenko on stage at MetOpera for Verdi's Requiem - November 24 - December 4

For the first time since 2008, James Levine conducts a special series of concerts of Verdi’s great mass, written in memory of Italian poet Alessandro Manzoni. The company has assembled a quartet of extraordinary soloists to join the incomparable Met Orchestra and Chorus: Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ferruccio Furlanetto.

When: November 24- December 4, 2017.

Where: MetOpera, Lincoln Center.

For tickets and more information please visit the MetOpera website here.

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Happy Birthday Latvia !
Nov
18
12:01 AM00:01

Happy Birthday Latvia !

On this day, the Republic of Latvia celebrates 99 years since it was proclaimed as a republic on November 18, 1918. The next 12 months will be filled with Centenary celebrations in Latvia, the USA, and worldwide as Latvia gets ready for its 100th birthday in 2018. For more information please visit www.lv100.lv.

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White Nights Festival features Latvian composer Maija Einfelde
Nov
14
7:30 PM19:30

White Nights Festival features Latvian composer Maija Einfelde


The Lincoln Center’s White Nights Festival returns this year, October 18-November 15, 2017. One of the events includes an intimate a cappella concert at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin featuring the Swedish Radio Choir. Named one of the world’s leading choirs by Gramophone, its singers create immersive soundscapes with mesmerizing ethereal works by living composers. The program will include Latvian composer’s Maija Einfelde’s “Lux aeterna” and culminates in Schnittke’s Concerto for Choir, a moving 20th-century choral masterpiece.
 
When: Tuesday, November 14 at 7:30 pm
Where: Church of St. Mary the Virgin 145 W 46th St, NY 10036.

 
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the White Nights Festival website here:

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"How Do We See Him ? Baltic Security and Transatlantic Relations in the Era of Trump"
Nov
11
4:00 PM16:00

"How Do We See Him ? Baltic Security and Transatlantic Relations in the Era of Trump"

Dr. Ivars Ijabs is a Latvian political scientist and commentator, an Associate Professor at the University of Latvia. His research interests include the history of political ideas, nationalism, as well as inter-ethnic relations in Central and Eastern Europe. He is the author of several books on political theory and Latvian politics, as well as of many scholarly articles. He writes a regular column in the Latvian magazine "Rīgas Laiks", as well as in other publications. He is the Vice-President for Professional development of the Association of the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS), as well as a member of several other scholarly organizations. Dr.Ijabs has studied philosophy and political science in Latvia, Germany, and Iceland. In 2010, he was Fulbright Visiting Scholar at the State University of New Jersey, and today is is one of the most well-known political and cultural commentators in Latvia. Dr.Ijab's speech will be in English.

When: Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 4 pm
Where: Estonian House, 243 E 34th St, New York, NY 10016


Followed by a performance by the Latvian ensemble TRIO.

Tickets: $30 at the door. Children under 18 years, free.

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Aleksandrs Antonenko returns to MetOpera for Puccini's Turandot - November 8, 11 and 16
Nov
8
8:00 PM20:00

Aleksandrs Antonenko returns to MetOpera for Puccini's Turandot - November 8, 11 and 16

Acclaimed Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko is back at MetOpera this October-December in two outstanding operas - Pucini's Turandot and Verdi's Requiem.

Puccini’s grand spectacle of legendary China stars Oksana Dyka and Martina Serafin in the role of the ice princess and Aleksandrs Antonenko as the unknown prince who must thaw her heart or die. Maria Agresta, Hei-Kyung Hong, and James Morris are among the other remarkable artists featured in this cherished Franco Zeffirelli production, led by Carlo Rizzi and Marco Armiliato.

When: October 12,17,21,25,28,31, and November 4,8,11,16.

Where: MetOpera, Lincoln Center.

For more information and to purchase tickets for Turandot, click here.

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Aleksandrs Antonenko returns to MetOpera for Puccini's Turandot
Nov
4
8:00 PM20:00

Aleksandrs Antonenko returns to MetOpera for Puccini's Turandot

Acclaimed Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko is back at MetOpera this October-December in two outstanding operas - Pucini's Turandot and Verdi's Requiem.

Puccini’s grand spectacle of legendary China stars Oksana Dyka and Martina Serafin in the role of the ice princess and Aleksandrs Antonenko as the unknown prince who must thaw her heart or die. Maria Agresta, Hei-Kyung Hong, and James Morris are among the other remarkable artists featured in this cherished Franco Zeffirelli production, led by Carlo Rizzi and Marco Armiliato.

When: October 12,17,21,25,28,31, and November 4,8,11,16.

Where: MetOpera, Lincoln Center.

For more information and to purchase tickets for Turandot, click here.

For the first time since 2008, James Levine conducts a special series of concerts of Verdi’s great mass, written in memory of Italian poet Alessandro Manzoni. The company has assembled a quartet of extraordinary soloists to join the incomparable Met Orchestra and Chorus: Krassimira Stoyanova, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko, and Ferruccio Furlanetto.

When: November 24- December 4, 2017.

Where: MetOpera, Lincoln Center.

For ticket and more information please visit the MetOpera website here.

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Gidons Kremers returns to New York at Baryshnikov Arts Center
Oct
31
to Nov 1

Gidons Kremers returns to New York at Baryshnikov Arts Center

Violin legend Latvian Gidon Kremer performs the U.S. Premiere of his transcription of Mieczyslaw Weinberg’s richly varied and complex 24 Preludes, originally scored for cello. Kremer is a champion of the Polish-born Soviet composer, whose music shares common ground with that of Shostakovich, while maintaining its originality by incorporating myriad musical styles. The preludes are paired with projections of powerful images by Lithuanian photographer Antanas Sutkus, whose highly expressive art also responds to a particular vision of life in mid-20th century Soviet Union.

When: October 31 and November 1, 2017, at 7:30 pm
Where: Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th Street, New York, NY 10018.


To book tickets, please click here.

To read more about maestro Gidon Kremer, click here

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