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This concert programme convokes the string instruments of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra – the sunny violins, darksome violas and fruity cellos. Instead of a conductor, the performance will be led by the LNSO Concertmaster Georg Sarkisjan who was appointed to this important and honorary position at the end of summer 2015.

Georg received excellent violin training at the Emīls Dārziņš Music School and Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf. He has a vast experience as an orchestra player and a soloist as well as chamber music performer and music teacher. Georg Sarkisjan is an intensely talented violinist, and his approach to music is up-to-date and European. Thus we can expect that the Baroque pieces and music from the Classical period included in the 18th December concert will beam in a smart, modern interpretation, at the same time following the conventions of the respective style.

Popular classics are well suited to the atmosphere of December, and the Christmas Concerto by Arcangelo Corelli is certainly among them. Corelli was a favourite of Pietro Ottoboni, an Italian cardinal and patron of music and art. The concerto conforms to the best traditions of Italian Baroque music.

Our outstanding colleague Dita Krenberga, principal flute of the LNSO, will embellish the performance of Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 with gilded passages. In addition, the good, old, witty Joseph Haydn will be represented with his sparkling, light Symphony No. 64, nicknamed Tempora mutantur to remind us that the times are changing and we are changing with them.

Finally, Suite for String Orchestra, Op. 1 by Carl Nielsen – the fundament of Danish music culture who celebrates his 150th birthday this year. The suite includes a popular waltz (a dance of Graces) and a lively bacchantic feast in the finale.

The concert will appeal to you if you consider yourself a modern person who values tradition and possesses a fine taste, broad knowledge and the ability to succumb to a childlike excitement when Mozart’s and Haydn’s bright musical ornaments are woven into a festive pattern.




18 Dec

19.00 / Friday / Riga, The Great Guild


Dita Krenberga - flauta


  • Arcangelo Corelli Concerto grosso in G minor, Op. 6, No. 8
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Flute concerto No. 1 in G major K. 313
  • Carl Nielsen Suite for strings, Op. 1
  • Joseph Haydn Symphony in A major HOB.I:64

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