On Saturday, 22 February, 18:00 in the Liepāja Great Amber concert hall and on Friday, 28 February, 19:00 at the Vidzeme concert hall the musical production Ring of Riga will return to the audiences. This production continues the widely popular concert cycle Ring of Latvia with a story about Riga. It shows the multi-faceted Riga as seen through the eyes Aleksandrs Čaks, Ojārs Vācietis, Arturs Maskats and Uldis Stabulnieks, told by Andris Keišs, Jānis Strazdiņš, the Latvian Radio Choir and an instrumental group. Conductor – Sigvards Kļava, director – Viesturs Kairišs
The concert-production cycle Ring of Latvia told, played and danced the stories of each of the historical Latvian regions, was widely acclaimed and inspired the conductor Sigvards Kļava to also create a new concert production for Riga. The production will reveal the great and romantic minds that shaped the unique face of the city – those who suffered, cried and grieved over its destroyed splendour and lost people, endured the turbulent gusts of history and dreamed of the perfect city of tomorrow. The poetry verses of Ojārs Vācietis and Aleksandrs Čaks will come alive through the music of Arturs Maskats and Uldis Stabulnieks, revealing the luster, sounds and scents of the Riga centre, and the romantic atmosphere of the Pārdaugava backstreets.
The programme contains both older and very recent songs by Arturs Maskats with Ojārs Vācietis’ poetry - Balto koncertu laiks (the Time of White Concertos), Vecās Rīgas Likteņdziesma (the Old Riga Destiny Song), Lietus romance (Rain Romance), Kaut ko klusiņām (Something Quetly), Liepziedā (Linden bloom), Varat raudāt varat smiet (You Can Cry or You Can Laugh) and others. Aleksands Čaks’ verses in Uldis Stabulnieks’ songs will reveal the lyricism of boulevards – Rīgai (For Riga), Marijas iela (Marijas street), Par tramvaja sliedēm (About the Streetcar Rails), Zviedru vārtu romance (The Swedish Gate Romance), Vecā, sirmā Rīga (Old, Silver-haired Riga) and others. The special atmosphere of Riga of the 50s and 60s will be created by the women’s vocal ensemble Rīga.