Shipsea’s musical production for teens “Zenith” will premiere this summer

12.07.2017 news

Shipsea’s musical production for teens will premiere in the LNSO Summer Festival


The Latvian National Symphony Orchestra invites all music lovers, from kids to adults, to the fabulous LNSO Summer Festival in Cēsis from 25 to 27 August. The LNSO Summer Festival is a yearly classical music festival for the entire family, and the diverse programme ensures that each music enthusiast, whether old or young, would have something to do over the course of all three days.

In addition to symphony and chamber music concerts, this year’s festival will see the premiere of Jānis Šipkēvics’s musical play for teens, Zenith. It is a song cycle written specifically for the LNSO for two boys and eight instruments. Guided by intuitive emotion, the play was developed as a recountal of the author’s own school-year experiences, as well as those of his former classmate, poet Marts Pujāts, who is also the author of the lyrics.

The composer explains: “In a peculiar psychology session, compositions of various genres will reconnect us with the magical era of our school years. The music is as if written for an imaginary orchestra by a child who wants to understand what goes on around him and infuse it all with meaning – playful, existential, funny, moving, transcendental and ordinary in a boyish way.”

The production team includes stage director Viesturs Meikšāns and set and costume designer Rūta Briede. Riga Dome Choir School students will also participate in the production, as well as the LNSO Zenith Band, led by Guntis Kuzma.

The musical play Zenith will be shown on 26 August at 13.00 and 15.00 and on 27 August on 15.00 at the Cēsis Concert Hall Cinema Auditorium.

The youngest visitors will have an opportunity to participate in Varis Klausītājs’s musical workshops – a fusion of drawing and music. While the elder siblings watch Zenith, play for teens, the youngest children will have the opportunity to enter the fairytale realm. A special feature of the workshop: the young audience will choose their own characters and location of the story. Using improvisation, Varis Klausītājs will tell the story together with Aleksejs Bahirs, the LNSO assistant concertmaster, and artist Ingrīda Ivane.

The Musical Laboratory for Children invites the smallest festivalgoers on 26 August at 14.00 and 16.00 and on 27 August at 12.00 and 17.00.

As announced earlier, the LNSO Summer Festival will take place from 25 to 27 August in the Cēsis Concert Hall. The audience will have the opportunity to hear three evening concerts and two chamber music programmes and watch a musical production for teens, while the youngest visitors can participate in a musical laboratory and enjoy time in a creative playroom for children.

During the evening concerts, children can spend their time in a creative playroom, attended by experienced nannies, while parents enjoy the concert. Price: 3 EUR per child, 2 EUR per child in a group of two or more children.

Festival tickets available at Biļešu paradīze ticket offices and online: Prices for evening concert tickets start at 7 EUR. Children’s ticket for the musical production Zenith – 4 EUR; family tickets also available – 4 tickets for 28 EUR.

Festival buses on the Rīga-Cēsis-Rīga route will run to and from all three evening concerts; tickets available online:

More information about the festival and tickets is available on

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