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Andris Nelsons and the BSO with Renee Fleming - Carnegie Hall - March 19, 2019
Mar
19
8:00 PM20:00

Andris Nelsons and the BSO with Renee Fleming - Carnegie Hall - March 19, 2019

Latvian-born Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra return to Carnegie Hall with renowned soprano Renée Fleming

This all-Strauss program of vocal splendor and orchestral thrills will leave you breathless. The tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra will be familiar to most for its opening “Sunrise,” the iconic passage used in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey—but that’s only one episode in a mysterious and marvelous work. From later in his career is Capriccio, his final opera, which opens with a passionate string sextet instead of a traditional overture and culminates in a rapturous monologue that ranks as one of Strauss’s finest soprano showpieces.

Program

ALL-R. STRAUSS PROGRAM

Sextet, Moonlight Music, and Final Scene from Capriccio

Also sprach Zarathustra

When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 8 PM

Where: Carnegie Hall

To learn more and to book tickets, please click here.

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Elina Garanca returns to Carnegie Hall with the Met Orchestra - June 14, 2019
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

Elina Garanca returns to Carnegie Hall with the Met Orchestra - June 14, 2019

Elīna Garanča’s voice is one-in-a-million, allying grace and power to a commanding authority,” wrote The Independent (London) of the lush-voiced Latvian mezzo-soprano. Garanča returns to Carnegie Hall for an exciting evening of stunning singing with the Met Orchestra, conducted by music director Yannick Nézet-Séguin

Mahler's and Bruckner’s deep personal emotions are masterfully expressed with gestures both large and small. Mahler’s Rückert Lieder contemplate love, life, and death with delicate scoring—solo instruments are used sparingly for effect—and subtle vocal writing. Bruckner emotes on a larger scale in a superbly crafted symphony that awes with its sweeping breadth, drama, and soaring lyricism. The work energizes with its robust Scherzo and jubilant finale, but its emotional core is the second-movement Adagio, a breathtaking memorial to his idol, Wagner.

Program

MAHLER Rückert Lieder

BRUCKNER Symphony No. 7

When: Friday, June 14, 2019 8 PM

Where: Carnegie Hall

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

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Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - November 9 & 10, 2019
Nov
9
to Nov 10

Mariss Jansons and the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra - November 9 & 10, 2019

Mariss Jansons is considered one of the most outstanding podium personalities of our time. Born in 1943 in Riga as the son of the conductor Arvīds Jansons, he completed his musical education (violin, piano, conducting) at the Leningrad Conservatory and passed with distinction. Afterwards he studied in Vienna under Hans Swarowsky and in Salzburg under Herbert von Karajan. Since 2003, Mariss Jansons has been the Chief Conductor of the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (BRSO) and together they return this November for two outstanding concerts at Carnegie Hall.
 
Friday, November 9, 2019 – 8 pm - Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall.

Brahms looks back while Strauss soars to unprecedented heights in this concert. Brahms envisioned a symphony built around a Bach theme, and in the final movement of his last symphony crafted an epic passacaglia (variations over a repeating bass line) on the master’s melody, building to a devastating emotional climax. Autumnal sentiments are also present in Strauss’s gorgeous Four Last Songs, sung here by Diana Damrau who, according to Opera News, can “do anything she wants with any note at any given time.”
 
Performers:
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Mariss Jansons, Chief Conductor
Diana Damrau, Soprano

Program:
R. STRAUSS Four Symphonic Interludes from Intermezzo
R. STRAUSS Four Last Songs
BRAHMS Symphony No. 4
 
Saturday, November 10, 2019 – 8 pm - Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall.
 
A heroic overture and sublime concerto set the stage for an intense symphony. Weber uses several quotes from his opera in a thrilling curtain raiser, while Mozart’s concerto delights with gorgeous melodies. Shostakovich’s symphony reflects on his precarious life in Stalin’s Soviet Union with music that is viscerally powerful. Both men are portrayed in the symphony: the former in a motif that cryptically spelled out initials of his name and the latter in the savage second movement. Ultimately, there is victory as Shostakovich outlived the dictator and dances in a triumphant finale.
                            
 
Performers:
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Mariss Jansons, Chief Conductor
Rudolf Buchbinder, Piano

Program:
WEBER Overture to Euryanthe
MOZART Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, K. 488
SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 10

For more information and tickets, please visit the Carnegie Hall website here.

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Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra - November 18, 2019
Nov
18
8:00 PM20:00

Andris Nelsons and the Boston Symphony Orchestra - November 18, 2019

Born in Riga, Latvia, Andris Nelsons is the fifteenth music director in the history of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Andris Nelsons made his BSO debut at Carnegie Hall in March 2011, his Tanglewood debut in July 2012, and his BSO subscription series debut in January 2013.

Nelsons and the BSO return to Carnegie Hall on Monday, November 18, 2019 - Latvia’s birthday.

Be swept away by the wonder, magic, and breathless virtuosity of masterpieces by Grieg and Mahler. From its famous opening flourish, Grieg’s concerto thrills with bold keyboard writing, but its stream of gorgeous melodies—many suggesting Norwegian folk songs—are also stunning. Mahler’s symphony flirts with folk themes too, but it’s only one facet of a magnificently scored gem that opens with the evocative sound of sleigh bells and culminates in a child’s sweet song extolling heaven’s joys.
 
Performers:
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons, Music Director and Conductor
Genia Kühmeier, Soprano
Leif Ove Andsnes, Piano

Program:
GRIEG Piano Concerto
MAHLER Symphony No. 4

For more information and tickets, please visit the Carnegie Hall website here.

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Images of East - Kremerata Baltica with Gidon Kremer, violin & Nizar Ali Badr, sculptures
Mar
12
7:30 PM19:30

Images of East - Kremerata Baltica with Gidon Kremer, violin & Nizar Ali Badr, sculptures

An arrangement of Schumann’s Pictures from the East is the centerpiece of this arresting, affecting program from Latvian-born Gidon Kremer and his Kremerata Baltica ensemble. Accompanied by an animated film by Sandro Kancheli featuring the haunting, ephemeral stone sculptures of Syrian artist Nizar Ali Badr, Images of the East is a powerful example of artists using their influence and ability to shine a light on the social issues of our day.

Performers:

Gidon Kremer, violin

Georgijs Osokins, piano

Soloists from Kremerata Baltica:

Dzeraldas Bidva, violin

Dainius Puodziukas, violin

Kristina Anuseviciute, viola

Giedre Dirvanauskaite, cello

Iurii Gavriliuk, bass

Program:

Weinberg, Children’s Notebook Book 1, Op. 16

Weinberg, String Trio, Op. 48

Weinberg, Sonata No. 6 for Violin and Piano, Op. 136bis

 Schumann, Bilder aus Osten, Op. 66 (arr. Freidrich Hermann)

When: Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 pm

Where: 92 Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (btw 91st and 92nd Streets), New York, NY 10128

To book tickets, please click here.

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Skride Piano Quartet - March 10, 2019, 2 pm
Mar
10
2:00 PM14:00

Skride Piano Quartet - March 10, 2019, 2 pm

The Skride Piano Quartet is made up of four outstanding musicians who have each achieved success as a soloist at the highest levels. Violinist Baiba Skride’s natural approach to her music-making has endeared her to some of today’s most important conductors and orchestras worldwide. Lise Bertahaud is unanimously praised as an outstanding violist on the international music scene. Twenty-six year-old Harriet Krijgh is one of today’s most exciting and promising young cellists. Pianist Lauma Skride‘s playing is “wonderfully sensitive, with marvelous tone quality, and always with highly virtuosic vigor,” according to a review by the Bavarian Broadcasting Service.We rarely get to hear a program of piano quartets and the Brahms G Minor with its "gypsy rondo" finale is guaranteed to bring the house down.

Program:

Mahler: Piano Quartet in A minor

Mozart: Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, K. 478

Brahms: Piano Quartet in G minor, Op. 25

When: Sunday, March 10, 2019, 2 pm

Where: Town Hall, 123 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

To purchase tickets - click here.

Read more about the Skride Piano Quartet – click here.

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Make a date to see Rodions Kurucs in action - Brooklyn Nets - March 6, 2019
Mar
6
7:30 PM19:30

Make a date to see Rodions Kurucs in action - Brooklyn Nets - March 6, 2019

New Yorkers have a new Latvian star to follow on the court.

Make a date to see Rodions Kurucs at the Barclays Center.

On Wednesday March 6, when you buy a seat and bring your Latvian flag you'll be invited to dunk a ball on the court after the game.

For the full season game calendar and special discounted tickets please click the Nets box office link below.

For group sales questions please contact:

Joe Grande
Manager, Group Sales, Brooklyn Nets

email: jgrande@brooklynnets.com
Tel: +1-718-942-9653


Read more about Rodions Kurucs here.

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Aleksandrs Antonenko returns to MetOpera in Aida - February 28, 2019
Feb
28
7:30 PM19:30

Aleksandrs Antonenko returns to MetOpera in Aida - February 28, 2019

Latvia tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko is back at MetOpera in 2019.

He performs as Radamès in Aida on February 28, and again on March 4 and 7, 2019.

To purchase tickets, please click here to the MetOpera box office.
 
He will also perform the role of Samson in Samson et Dalila on March 13, 16, 19 and 23, 2019.

Click here at the MetOpera box office to purchase your tickets.

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Two Latvians on the Court - Nets vs Spurs - Barclays Center - 7:30 pm
Feb
25
7:30 PM19:30

Two Latvians on the Court - Nets vs Spurs - Barclays Center - 7:30 pm

Join us Monday February 25 at the Barclays Center when the Brooklyn Nets play the San Antonio Spurs.

On the Nets roster is Rodions Kurucs, from Latvia; on the Spurs roster is Davis Bertans, also from Latvia.

An exciting Latvian sports night for sure !

Book your tickets now, using this special Brooklyn Nets discount code for NY Latvians and friends of the Latvian Consulate. Click below.

When: Monday, February 25, 7:30 pm

Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY

Read more about Nets forward Rodions Kurucs – click here.
Read more about Spurs forward Davis Bertans – click here.

Book your special discounted tickets now - click here


For any group ticketing questions, please contact:

Joe Grande
Manager, Group Sales
Brooklyn Nets

Tel: +1-718-942-9653
Email: JGrande@brooklynnets.com

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Mobile Passport Station in NYC - February 22-24, 2019
Feb
22
to Feb 24

Mobile Passport Station in NYC - February 22-24, 2019

The mobile passport station from the Consular Section of the Embassy of Latvia in Washington will be visiting New York on February 22-24, 2019.

This is your opportunity to renew your Latvian passport or apply for a new one if you have recently been granted Latvian citizenship.

All appointments to attend the mobile passport station must be submitted to the Embassy no later than by February 10, 2019. Do not email your appointment request to us - send them only to the Embassy.

Information on how to apply for your appointment and which documents are required can be found here on the Embassy's website.

When applying for your appointment time, you need to submit the following documents:

a) completed application form: click here.

b) copy of your current Latvian passport;

c) if you are applying for passport for the first time, a copy of your birth certificate;

d) proof of legal residency in the U.S.A. (US passport copy, valid US visa or residency document, Green Card etc.);

e) for children under 15 years of age, a letter from their parent giving permission for a passport to be issued to them.

Email or fax your appointment to the Consular Section of the Embassy:

Email: consulate.usa@mfa.gov.lv

Fax: +1-202-328-2860

The mobile passport station will be located at:

When: February 22-24, 2019

Where: Latvian Mission to the UN, 333 East 50th Street, New York NY 10022

No walk-ins permitted. You will be issued an appointment time when you apply to the Consular Section of the Embassy of Latvia in Washington.

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Kulturas dienas Nujorka - svetdien 27. janvari, plkst 11:30
Jan
27
11:30 AM11:30

Kulturas dienas Nujorka - svetdien 27. janvari, plkst 11:30

Visi sirsnīgi aicinati un gaidīti!  

  • LNOĢ izloze

  • Pārskats par ALA Atzinības rakstu saņēmējiem,

  • "Latviešu māksla" (lekcija ar slīdītēm) - Linda Treija,

  • Koncerts kafējnīcas stilā- dziedātāja Arta Jēkabsone (Ņujorka) un ģitārists Rihards Kolmanis (Bostona)

  • Atspirdzinājumi un uzkodas.

Ieeja:  $20, bērniem brīva

Vieta:  Jonkeru baznīca (254 Valentine Lane, Yonkers, NY 10705)

Rīko:  Ņujorkas latviešu organizāciju padome (ŅLOP); informācija - A.Bataraga (201-788-5315)

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Homo Novus film premiere - January 26, 2019, 3:45 pm
Jan
26
3:45 PM15:45

Homo Novus film premiere - January 26, 2019, 3:45 pm

The most popular Latvian film in 2018 premieres in NYC

“Homo Novus” (translated “young man”) is a story set in late 1930s in Latvia. A talented but poor artist Juris arrives in the capital, Riga, from the countryside. At the same time, another artist, arrogant Eizens, returns from his “painting sessions” in Paris determined to get his hands on his rich uncle's wealth. Both young men come under the influence of art critic and pathological intriguer Kurcums who hatches an elaborate plot to promote Juris at the expense of Eizens. All goes to plan until beautiful artist Ciemalda enters the picture, triggering a chain of unexpected events that will change everyone's lives for good.


Directed by Anna Viduleja and based upon a novel by Anslavs Eglitis. Eglitis was one of the most prolific Latvian writers who went into exile. Living in L.A. he was a member of the Hollywood press corps, and took part in the “Oscar” and “Golden Globe” jury. "Homo Novus" premiered in Riga on September 26, 2018 and since its release became the #1 box office Latvian film for 2018 with 88 500 attendances.

Skatītākā Latvijas filma 2018. gadā - Ņujorkas pirmizrāde

“Homo Novus” (tulk. “jaunais cilvēks”) ir stāsts par jaunu un nabadzīgu, bet ambiciozu provinces mākslinieku Juri Upenāju, kurš no laukiem ierodas Rīgā, lai iekarotu savu vietu mākslas pasaulē. Jau pirmajā vakarā nokļūstot mākslinieku bohēmā un satiekot savu mīlestību, Jura pirmie soļi Rīgā izvēršas par komisku, reizēm aizkustinošu pārpratumu virknējumu. Filma uzņemta pēc Anšlava Eglīša tāda paša nosaukuma romāna motīviem.

Kopš filmas pirmizrādes septembra beigās simtgades spēlfilmu “Homo Novus” kopumā noskatījušies jau gandrīz 88 500 skatītāji, kas pēc kinoizplatītāju datiem to ierindo 2018. gada populārāko Latvijas filmu topa virsotnē.

Režisore un scenārija autore Anna Viduleja.

122 min. In Latvian with English subtitles. Introduction by Linda Treija.

Watch trailer - click here.

Purchase tickets - click here.

When: Saturday, January 26, 2019, 3:45 pm.

Where: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016.
(between 38th and 37th Streets)

Tickets now available online or on the day at the box office.

Read more about the film at: www.homonovusmovie.lv
Or here on Facebook

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To Be Continued / Turpinajums - film screening
Jan
8
7:00 PM19:00

To Be Continued / Turpinajums - film screening

Latvia's Oscar nomination for 2018 Best Foreign Language Film

Shot over the course of two years, this documentary by acclaimed Baltic director Ivars Seleckis follows seven children in various parts of the country, all at the intersection of various historical, social, and economic processes. Among them are Kārlis, who lives in the countryside; Gleb, whose grandparents are part of the Russian-speaking minority who arrived in the country during the Soviet era; Zane, whose family has always lived in an urban environment; Anastasija, whose family has instead chosen to live far from the city; and little Anete, whose mother lives and works in the UK.

Director Ivars Seleckis is the oldest actively working documentary filmmaker in Latvia. His filmography bridges the modern day with the history of the Latvian documentary tradition, and his documentaries are noted for their thorough and sophisticated analysis of social processes.

Runtime 95 min. In Latvian with English subtitles.

Watch trailer here.

Purchase tickets here.

When: Tuesday, January 8, 2019, 7 pm

Where: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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Kristine Opolais in Il Trittico at MetOpera - November 23, 2018
Nov
23
7:30 PM19:30

Kristine Opolais in Il Trittico at MetOpera - November 23, 2018

Jack O’Brien’s epic production of Puccini’s triple bill features first-class casting: tenor Marcelo Álvarez and soprano Amber Wagner are the illicit lovers of Il Tabarro; Latvian soprano Kristīne Opolais sings the shattering title role of Suor Angelica; and the ageless Plácido Domingo takes an unusual comedic turn in the baritone title role of Gianni Schicchi. The performances mark the centennial of the work’s world premiere at the Met. Bertrand de Billy conducts.

When: Friday, November 23, 2018, 7:30 pm.

Where: MetOpera, Lincoln Center.

For more information and to book tickets at MetOpera, click here.

To read more about Kristīne Opolais, please click here.

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Andris Nelsons and the BSO with Hakan Hardenberger - Carnegie Hall - November 19, 2018
Nov
19
8:00 PM20:00

Andris Nelsons and the BSO with Hakan Hardenberger - Carnegie Hall - November 19, 2018

Andris Nelsons and the BSO returns to Carnegie Hall with Hakan Hardenberger.

Håkan Hardenberger is called on to play trumpet, piccolo trumpet, and cow horn—as well as sing and play simultaneously—in HK Gruber’s marvelously eclectic showpiece that opens the program. Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, a magnificent five-movement journey from despair to joy, is one of his most popular works. He believed that a symphony should embrace the world, and it’s all here: an opening funeral march, folk-inspired dances, a waltz, and exuberantly high spirits in the finale. The unforgettable and unsurpassable heart of the work is the Adagietto, a sublime love letter for strings and harp Mahler wrote for his wife, Alma.

Program:

HK GRUBER Aerial

MAHLER Symphony No. 5

When: Monday, November 19, 2018, 8 pm

Where: Carnegie Hall

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

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Sparni un saknes - Latvijas valsts simtgades svetki - 2018. g. 18. novembri
Nov
18
3:30 PM15:30

Sparni un saknes - Latvijas valsts simtgades svetki - 2018. g. 18. novembri

Pulcēsimies un svinēsim Latvijas republikas 100.gadu proklamēšanas dienu ar koncertu, svinīgās sarunās, kopēju svētku tostu un ar Latvijas godu apli Centrālparkā.

Kad: 2018.g. 18.novembrī, plkst 15:30

Kur: The Espisocal Church of the Heavenly Rest, 1085 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128 (pie 90. ielas).

Biļetes: pirms 8.novembra $25. Čekus rakstīt uz vārda: “Council of the American-Latvian Organizations of New York Inc”, nosūtīt Imantam Kalniņam, 42 Hackensack Street, Woodbridge, NJ 07075. Klāt ielikt sev adresētu aploksni ar kuru jums var piesūtīt biļetes.

Pie durvīm: $30, Labvēļu biļetes $100, $200 Simtgades labvēļu biļetes.

Bērniem zem 18.g.v. bez maksas.

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Latvia celebrates 100 years since becoming a nation
Nov
18
12:00 AM00:00

Latvia celebrates 100 years since becoming a nation

On November 18, 2018, the Republic of Latvia celebrates 100 years since becoming an independent nation.

The history of Latvia is a complex one, full of dramatic twists and lucky turns, but one element is always at the core of it all - our striving for Freedom. With arms in a battlefield, singing revolutions, or national crowd-funding projects, this is our way of saying: "We all understand what freedom means, as she begins in every one of us". One testimony to that - the story of our Freedom Monument.

Please enjoy this video as we celebrate Latvia’s 100th birthday and look forward to the next centenary as a free, democratic and prosperous European nation.

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Inga Lacis at ArtsLink Assembly - New York City
Nov
16
2:00 PM14:00

Inga Lacis at ArtsLink Assembly - New York City

Join us for the first annual ArtsLink Assembly in New York City, featuring Inga Lacis, a curator at the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art (LCCA)
 
When: Friday, November 16th, 2:00 – 6:00 pm
Where: Lenfest Center for the Arts
Columbia University School of the Arts
615 West 129th Street, NYC

 
The ArtsLink Assembly is a new public forum to share practices and ideas, to network and foster dialogue with international and U.S. artists, cultural institutions, foundations, and city and federal agencies. 

View the Assembly Program - see here

Reserve your tickets - click here

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Latvian Radio Choir at Lincoln Center White Light Festival - November 13, 2018
Nov
13
7:30 PM19:30

Latvian Radio Choir at Lincoln Center White Light Festival - November 13, 2018

Known around the world for its “miraculously cohesive sound” (Guardian, U.K.) and imaginative programs, the Latvian Radio Choir returns to the White Light Festival for a luminous evening of a cappella music. Pairing transcendent Mahler with contemporary Latvian composers and a beautiful meditation by visionary Ukrainian composer Valentin Silvestrov, the choir moves seamlessly between Latvian, Old Slavonic, Tibetan, German, and English texts to illuminate a universal yearning for inner peace.

When: Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 pm

Where: White Light Festival , Church of St Mary the Virgin, 145 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036.

To purchase tickets please click here.

To learn more about the Latvian Radio Choir, please click here.

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"Welcome to Mercy" - IFC Cinemas, NYC
Nov
2
to Nov 3

"Welcome to Mercy" - IFC Cinemas, NYC

From the producer of THE OTHERS and SCREAM…. When an American single mother returns to Latvia for the first time in 25 years to say goodbye to her dying father, she is soon afflicted with visions and wounds that appear to be signs of the gift of Holy Stigmata. But after she is transported to an isolated island convent to seek the help of a mysterious religious order, Madeline discovers her affliction may not be a gift from God but something far more sinister. This international Thriller, introduces a never before seen thriller concept while implementing a strong theological based storyline about forgiveness, faith, and redemption.

This Latvian produced supra-natural thriller film features a U.S. and Latvian cast, including, Lily Newmark, Kristen Ruhlin, Juris Strenga, Dainis Grube, Ieva Seglina, Toms Liepajnieks, Svetlana Ivannikova.

Watch trailer here.

When: November 2, 2018
Where: IFC Cinema, 323 6th Avenue, New York, NY 10014


For screening times, please visit the IFC website here.

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2018 Baltic Film Festival - October 18-21, 2018
Oct
18
to Oct 21

2018 Baltic Film Festival - October 18-21, 2018

The inaugural 2018 New York Baltic Film Festival will screen 18 films over a four-day period at Scandinavia House on Park Avenue.

The festival will feature 7 U.S. premiere screenings and 9 NYC premieres, and will include notable classic films that have rarely been seen outside of Europe as well as the latest features, documentaries, and animation films from some of the best established and upcoming filmmakers from Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania.

Included in the line-up are U.S. premieres for Latvians films 'Merija's Journey', 'Baltic Tribes', and ' The Esperance of Will'.

A number of the filmmakers will be present at the premiers to participate in a Q&A after the screenings, including Kristine Zelve from ‘Merija’s Journey’ and Raitis Abele from ‘Baltic Tribes’. Post-screening networking events will follow the films.

When: Thursday October 18 to Sunday October 21, 2018

Where: Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

See the full film line up here and and purchase your festival pass or tickets today.

Use the special friends discount code BalticFilmFestival to get $3 off per ticket.

Visit the box-office here: www.balticfilmfestival.com

The festival is presented by Scandinavia House/American Scandinavia Foundation and 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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Maija Kovalevska - Latvia 100 world tour concert - October 7, 2018
Oct
7
4:00 PM16:00

Maija Kovalevska - Latvia 100 world tour concert - October 7, 2018

Join us at this special concert performance that renowned Latvian soprano Maija Kovalevska has dedicated to the Latvian Centenary year.

Accompanied by acclaimed pianist Dzintra Erliha, the program will consist of works by Latvian composers Jāzeps Vītols, Emīls Dārziņš, Jānis Mediņš, Lūcija Garūta , Jānis Ivanovs, Pēteris Vasks, as well as some opera arias.

When: Sunday, October 7, 2018, 4 pm

Where: Kaye Playhouse, Hunter College, 695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065 (at 68th Street, between Park and Lex).

Ticket bookings: please send an email Aija Pelse:  aijap@yahoo.com or call: +1-516-319-9491.  Prices: VIP $150, Patron $100, Orchestra rear $60, sides $35, rear balcony $20.  After 8/27/18, if still available, all tickets subject to box office service fees. Checks to be written to  "Latvian National Opera Guild" and sent to: LNOG c/o A. Padegs 2 Merry Hill Rd., Poughkeepsie,  NY  12603.

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Latvian Saeima Elections - polling stations in NYC and NJ, October 6, 2018
Oct
6
7:00 AM07:00

Latvian Saeima Elections - polling stations in NYC and NJ, October 6, 2018

The 13th elections for the Saeima, Latvia's parliament, will take place on Saturday October 6, 2018.

Latvian citizens who are 18 years or older and have a valid Latvian passport are encouraged to vote on the day or send in a postal vote (which can be submitted no later than by September 14).

This is your chance to make your vote and voice count !

There will be 20 polling stations in the U.S. this year including New York City (at the Latvian Mission to the UN on East 50th Street) as well also Freehold, New Jersey.

New York:
Latvijas Republikas pastāvīgā pārstāvniecība ANO
Latvian Mission to the U.N.
333 East 50th Street, New York, NY 10022

New Jersey:
Ņūdžersijas Latviešu biedrības īpašums "Priedaine"
New Jersey Latvian Society
1017 State Route 33, Freehold, NJ 07728

Polling stations will be open from 7 am to 8 pm.

For more information about the upcoming Saeima elections, and how to lodge a postal vote, polling station locations and times, please visit the Embassy's website here.

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Aleksandrs Antonenko returns to MetOpera in Aida - September 26, 2018
Sep
26
7:30 PM19:30

Aleksandrs Antonenko returns to MetOpera in Aida - September 26, 2018

In what should be a highlight of the new season, soprano Anna Netrebko sings her first Met Aida, going toe-to-toe with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili as Amneris. Later in the season, a second star-studded cast takes over, with Sondra Radvanovsky and Dolora Zajick as the leading ladies. Tenors, Aleksandrs Antonenko and Yonghoon Lee alternate as Radamès, and Nicola Luisotti and Plácido Domingo take the podium for the Met’s monumental production.

When: Wednesday, September 26, 7:30 pm.

Where: MetOpera at Lincoln Center.

To purchase tickets, please click here to the MetOpera box office.

Aleksandrs Antonenko also performs on September 29, October 2, 6, 11, 15, 18, February 28, and again on March 4 and 7, 2019.

Read more about Aleksandrs Antonenko here.

Note: Aleksandrs Antonenko is also performing at MetOpera in the role of Samson in Samson et Dalila on March 13, 16, 19 and 23, 2019. See more information here.

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Elina Garanca opens 2018-19 MetOpera season with Samson et Dalila - September 24, 2018
Sep
24
6:00 PM18:00

Elina Garanca opens 2018-19 MetOpera season with Samson et Dalila - September 24, 2018

When Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča and tenor Roberto Alagna joined forces for a new production of Carmen at the Met, the results were electrifying. Now this star duo reunites for another sensual French opera when they open the 2018-19 season in the title roles of Saint-Saëns’s biblical epic Samson et Dalila. Darko Tresnjak, who won a Tony Award for Best Direction of a Musical in 2014 for A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, makes his Met debut directing a vivid, seductive staging, featuring a monumental setting for the last-act Temple of Dagon, where the hero crushes his Philistine enemies. Sir Mark Elder conducts the first new Met production of the work in 20 years.

When: Monday, September 24, 2018, 6:00 pm.

Where: MetOpera, Lincoln Center.
 

Elīna Garanča also performs on September 28, October 1, 5, 9, 13, 16 and 20.

Latvian tenor Aleksandrs Antonenko will perform the role of Samson on March 13, 16, 19 and 23, 2019.

Click here at the MetOpera box office to purchase your tickets.
 
Read more about Elīna Garanča 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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Arturs Virtmanis - Against the Tragic Wall - exhibition - May 5-27, 2018
May
5
to May 27

Arturs Virtmanis - Against the Tragic Wall - exhibition - May 5-27, 2018

M E N is pleased to announce a solo exhibition by Arturs Virtmanis, Against the Tragic Wall.

In his artistic practice, Virtmanis creates visually and metaphorically dense drawing environments that combine relics of sentimental imagery from past eras, cryptic texts in the form of obsessive, undecipherable calligraphy, collections of found objects, architectural scale models, and the residue that is accumulated in the process of creation. For his first solo exhibition at M E N, Virtmanis turns to Nietzsche’s interpretation of the origins and functions of the Greek Tragic Chorus. He specifically focuses on the chorus´s role as a barrier, a “tragic wall”, between the true and unbearable emotions described, and the spectators who are pulled into the abyss of human suffering by the performers, while also being protected from it by the ideal poetic form of the performance. Arturs Virtmanis turns his drawings and sculptures into that “living wall”, the Tragic Chorus.

“I am attempting to create an entropic “spectacle” that consists of very unstable and short lived conglomerates of images that assume their temporary stability only in the context of walls of an exhibition space inadvertently pointing towards the fragile and fleeting nature of existence”

When: May 5-27, 2018 (Saturdays & Sundays only, 12-6pm)

Where: 13 Monroe Street, New York, NY 10002

ARTURS VIRTMANIS was born in Riga, Latvia and is currently based in New York. He studied design in Riga Applied Arts Collage and at The Academy of Fine Arts where he received BA in sculpture.  His installations have been exhibited at The Drawing Center in New York, Blue Star Contemporary Art museum in San Antonio Texas, ExitArt NY, PS 122 NY, Morris Museum, New Jersey, Jersey City Museum, Poor Farm Experiment in Wisconsin, Riga Art Space in Latvia, Baltic Arts Center in Helsinki, Planthouse Gallery NY, Cynthia Broan Gallery NY, Fishtank Gallery NY, Denis Bibro Gallery NY, Gallery X in NY, Marsha Child Contemporary NJ, Chamot Gallery NJ, Mimi Ferzt Gallery NY, Alma Gallery Riga, M6 Gallery Riga Latvia, Biennale Art Gend in Kopenhagen Denmark.

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Latvia at the European Literature Night - May 5, 2018
May
5
5:00 PM17:00

Latvia at the European Literature Night - May 5, 2018

This year Latvia’s entry will be “The Shadow of Rooster Hill”, by writer and journalist Osvalds Zebris who received the European Union Prize for Literature for this new work in 2017.

Translated into English by Jayde Thomas Will, a reading from the book will take place at 7-8 pm

 “The European Union Prize for Literature (EUPL) is an award which recognizes outstanding new and emerging literary talents across Europe, and highlights the wealth of contemporary European literature, while drawing attention to the continent’s unique cultural and linguistic heritage”, states the announcement.

When: Saturday May 12, 2018, 5-10 pm
Where: Bohemian National Hall, Czech Center,  321 East 73rd Street, New York, NY 10021

Entry: free

For more information on the ELN, click here.

About the author: Osvalds Zebris, born in 1975, is a Latvian writer and journalist, holding a master’s degree in economics. Zebris has worked in public relations and communications for Hill+Knowlton and McCann, and as an editor for various newspapers and magazines. He is also the author of three novels. Zebris’ first book, a collection of short stories entitled Brīvība tīklos brought him instant popularity among readers and won him a Latvian Literature Award in 2010 for the best debut.

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Jog Latvia in the World - NYC - May 5, 2018
May
5
11:00 AM11:00

Jog Latvia in the World - NYC - May 5, 2018

On May 5 Latvians around the world will participate in this unique sporting event -  running, walking, biking, rollerblading, or pushing a stroller with their kids - around a route that resemble the contours of Latvia in their home town !

In New York's Central Park two routes have been mapped out for the NYC LV-100 run on May 5th : 1.6 km and 2.54 km in length.

See map attached and download these links (from Endomondo) for more details of the two routes:

Route 1: 1.6 km
Route 2: 2.54 km


You can participate as you wish on the day. Run, walk, stroll, or push a stroller around the routes early, or late, whichever suits you best.

Or alternatively, assemble at 11:00 am at the Bethesda Fountain if you want to participate with a larger group.

To see all the Jog Latvia routes around the world, click here.

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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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White Tablecloth Day Celebration - May 4, 2018
May
4
6:00 PM18:00

White Tablecloth Day Celebration - May 4, 2018

May 4 has been chosen for special celebrations this Centenary year for Latvia because of its historic meaning. On May 4, 1917, the Latgale Congress passed the decision of the ethno-cultural region of Latgale to unite with Kurzeme and Vidzeme on a shared path to an independent state. This event became a turning point in the history towards the statehood of Latvia.

Coincidentally, on May 4, 1990, the Supreme Council of the Latvian Soviet Socialist Republic voted for the restoration of Latvia’s sovereignty by adopting the Declaration on the Restoration of Independence and thus breaking the Soviet rule. Just like in 1918, when Latvia became an independent state in a democratic way, in 1990 Latvia regained its independence democratically.

This year on May 4, Latvians everywhere will celebrate with the new tradition of the White Tablecloth Celebration. The idea is to gather families, friends, neighbors and communities around a white-clad table, cherishing togetherness and the gift of living in a free country of our own. Anyone, anywhere in the world, may join in and create their local White Tablecloth Celebration.

In New York, Latvians and their friends are invited to mark this day as well at our own NYC White Tablecloth get-together. Please join us !

Where: Estonian House, 243, East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016.

When: Friday, May 4, 2018, from 6:00 pm onwards.

No reservations required.

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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)

Tickets: the event is almost sold-out so hurry - click here today to book.

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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