Latvian Garden of Destiny. The Opening


The concert Latvian Garden of Destiny. The Opening will take place on 11 August at 19.00 in the Garden of Destiny, dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the memorial site.

Singer Daumants Kalniņš, pianist Vestard Shimkus, Riga Cathedral Boys Choir and the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra will participate in the concert.

The conductor’s podium will be taken by the LNSO music director and chief conductor Andris Poga, the conceptual author of the programme ot the concert: ‘The heart of the programme is the symphonic folk song – both the classics, both new works created specially for this concert.’

The programme includes popular works by Latvian composers Imants Kalniņš and Raimonds Pauls, quintessential Latvian symphony music pieces and new works written for this concert by Vestard Shimkus and Raimonds Tiguls.

Raimonds Pauls’ fans will enjoy the performance by the Riga Cathedral Boys Choir in folk song arrangements for solo, boys choir, piano, and orchestra. Piano performance by Vestard Shimkus, solo by Daumants Kalniņš.

Classical music lovers will enjoy the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Latvian symphony music treasures Skaisti dziedi, lakstīgala (The Nightingale Sings Sweetly) from Jāzeps Vītols’ song cycle Seven Latvian Folk Songs for Orchestra and Tālivaldis Ķeniņš’ A Folk Dance and a Fugue for symphony orchestra.

Vestard Shimkus’ new work for piano and orchestra The Gates of Destiny and Raimonds Tiguls’ new orchestral composition, tone poem The Horizon are dedicated to Latvia’s centenary and the Garden of Destiny.

The open-air concert will take place at the amphitheatre at the Garden of Destiny.

Tickets available at Biļešu paradīze box offices and online:

The concert will be broadcast live on Latvian Television and hosted by Latvian Television journalists Aija Kinca and Jānis Geste, close friends of the Garden of Destiny.

The concert is supported by JSC Latvijas Valsts Meži, JSC Latvenergo and the State Culture Capital Foundation of Latvia.

The Garden of Destiny is a unique memorial site, built by the collective donations of the Latvian nation. It is a work in progress in Koknese, the heart of Latvia, on an island in the river Daugava, supported by thousands of people and companies living in Latvia and abroad already for ten years. It is an excellent example of landscape architecture combined with the rich natural beauty of Koknese peninsula and the flow of Daugava, comprising the Friendship Avenue, an amphitheatre guarded by the Oaktree Guard of Honour, a multifunctional building, digital exhibition Liktens Gāte (The Path of Destiny), the Big Mountain, and an observation terrace.

The Garden of Destiny gathers around 70.000–100.000 yearly visitors, about 30% of which are children and the young.

11 Aug

19.00 / Saturday / The amphitheatre at the Garden of Destiny


Vestard Shimkus - piano

Daumants Kalniņš - baritone

Riga Cathedral Boys Choir -


Andris Poga

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