Baltic Symphony Festival
Fast Cycles for organ
Slow Twitchy Organs for organ and viola
Hudson Preludes: Follow Up for organ
Beaming Music for organ and marimba
Mixed Messages for an orchestra
Symphony No. 11
PĒTERIS TRASUNS viola
GUNTARS FREIBERGS marimba
AIGARS REINIS organ
Latvian National Symphony Orchestra
Lithuanian National Symphony Orchestra musicians
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra musicians
Conductor GUNTIS KUZMA
This programme showcases Philip Glass, one of the most renowned contemporary American composers, well-known among fans of classical and popular music alike. He pushed boundaries, integrating David Bowie’s songs in his symphonic music, and his film scores are an integral part of contemporary symphonic music, starting already with the iconic Koyaanisqatsi soundtrack. The concert includes Glass’s Symphony No. 11, a large-scale symphonic work with psychedelic audial impact, amplified by the characteristic acoustics of the Ventspils Concert Hall. The second part of the programme includes works by American composer Nico Muhly, who further pursues the musical tradition started by Glass. Four compositions will reveal the unique sound of the concert hall’s organ, enriched by the fascinating timbre of the viola and marimba.
The concert is part of Latvia’s Centenary programme.