RIGA Professional Symphonic Band
The RIGA Professional Symphonic Band is the official orchestra of the Riga City Council.
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- Classical:NEXT 2014
company descriptionThe RIGA Professional Symphonic Band is the organizer of annual Spring Festival WINDSTREAM and the International Composers' Competition WINDSTREAM. 50 musicians, Chief Conductor Mārtiņš Ozoliņš,conductor Raitis Ašmanis, Managing Director Ilona Breģe. The orchestra was founded in 1972. The performances of the RIGA Professional Symphonic Band were acknowledged by a nomination for the Latvian Great Music Award 2010 as the best musical collective of the year in Latvia as well as a nomination for the Annual Culture Award of Newspaper “Diena” for the 2011/2012 Season Opening Concert and Latvian TV Cultural.
In 2007 the RIGA Professional Symphonic Band released its first album titled Merry Christmas! that was nominated for the Annual Latvian Music Recording Award 2007 in the category of the best instrumental, film or theatre music album. In 2008 album Windstream was released in collaboration with brothers Petrauskis – saxophonist Oskars and pianist Raimonds. The latest album was released in 2011 under the title Riga. Tannenbaum. Christmas Tree with participation of conductor Mārtiņš Ozoliņš and soloists Kristīne Gailīte, Ingus Pētersons and Daumants Kalniņš.
Since 2011 the artistic director and the chief conductor of the RIGA Professional Symphonic Band is Mārtiņš Ozoliņš. In 2009 conductor and big band maestro Raitis Ašmanis commenced his cooperation with the RIGA Professional Symphonic Band and established a tradition of jazz and popular music performances.
In October 2011 in frames of the Riga Days in Saint Petersburg the band gave two performances in the Small Hall and the Great Hall of The N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov Saint Petersburg Conservatory. Since 2009 the RIGA Professional Symphonic Band organizes the Spring Festival WINDSTREAM that is received with great enthusiasm by the audiences of Riga. During the last several years the RIGA Professional Symphonic Band has encouraged and facilitated creation of new pieces by the contemporary Latvian composers: Ēriks Ešenvalds – cantata Latvia. Impressions of Seasons (2008), Nic Gotham – Every Day (2010), Vilnis Šmīdbergs – Symphony (2010), Andris Dzenītis – Drone (2010), Ilona Breģe – Requiem (2010), Imants Mežaraups – cantata For the Taken Away (2011), Nic Gotham & Kārlis Auzāns – Ode to Gagarin (2012), Vilnis Šmīdbergs – Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra (2012), Uģis Prauliņš - Fantasie (2013), Andris Dzenītis - The Urban Mass (2014.