ARENA New Music Festival

ARENA is an annual contemporary music festival in Latvia since 2002.

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“ARENA” is a contemporary music festival held in concert halls of Latvia every autumn since 2002 to call together composers, performing artists and audience from many countries of the world.

The motto of the festival “HEAR THE FUTURE!” reflects its main idea and objective – to present the diversity of contemporary music in all its magnificence thus encouraging creation of new music, its performance and recording.

“ARENA” is one of the most innovative culture events in Latvia without which regular and logical development of contemporary music culture in Latvia would be unthinkable.

The authors of the “ARENA” idea are Pēteris Vasks (composer), Baiba Kurpniece (musicologist), Normunds Šnē (oboist and conductor), Sigvards Kļava and Kaspars Putniņš (conductors of the Latvian Radio Choir), Andris Dzenītis (composer), and Guntars Ķirsis (director of “Latvijas Koncerti”).

Numerous first performances of Latvian music within “ARENA” programs have been truly inspiring for the growth of performing artists in Latvia, which in its turn has enabled cooperation with the most outspoken composers in the world and musicians of top-professional level. The previous festivals hosted a number of outstanding musicians as distinguished guests – Arvo Pärt, Joe Zawinul, Heinz Holliger, Gavin Bryars, György Ligeti, Mauricio Kagel, Steve Reich, Magnus Lindberg and others.

In 2015 the theme of the festival is “UTOPIA” which will be impersonated by unusual musical ideas. The audience will enjoy compositions inspired by Utopian texts, imaginary Utopian tasks will be solved transforming and exposing the space, the cultural heritage will be viewed in the light of the future technology; dialogues will be incited among musicians who live apart from each other not only because of different music styles but even different continents.

Like before, the festival this year will continue to present contemporary music to the audience in concerts, lectures and discussions providing everyone who takes interest in the field with a chance to understand the diversity of means of expression in modern music as well as to talk to composers and performers about their ideas and work.

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  • Classical:NEXT 2015


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