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The pianists Vicky Chow and Reinis Zariņš to perform in Ventspils
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On Saturday, 18 September 2021, in the Concert Hall “Latvija”, two brilliant pianists – Vicky Chow from the United States of America and Reinis Zariņš, a Riga-based pianist and winner of multiple Great Music Prizes – will give a double piano concert “Autumn Works”.

On 20 June last year, after more than three months of inactivity due to the distancing, reservation and isolation from the music, the Concert Hall “Latvija” reopened its doors, holding the concert “Summer Works” that marked the end of an unusual season full of struggle. At present, at such a fragile time, the concert “Autumn Works” seeks to give a new beginning to the upcoming season.

“I believe that Brahms and Glass – this unprecedented dichotomy – leads us to a place where to recover from global fears and the war of ideas that have plagued us over the past year, as this music has the power to bestow remarkably beautiful humanity upon our “simple” lives. It goes without saying,” says Reinis Zariņš about the encounter of the selected compositions by Johannes Brahms and Philip Glass in the same programme.

Vicky Chow, the renowned pianist from New York and a member of the ensemble “Bang on a Call All-Stars”, reflects on her selection of the programme, referring to the words of the composer Tania Leon in the commentary on the composition “Rituál”: “It’s all about the flame, the passion that dwells deep inside of those who encourage others, as they see something in others, something those people are not even aware of. It is a flame that ignites something new. Thinking about all we have experienced and gone through over the past six months, I believe that we should support and encourage each other, marching together for better days. I express it through the selected compositions that I will perform in Ventspils, and I hope that the audience will truly hear me.”

The programme “Autumn Works” selected by Vicky Chow features the piano pieces by the composers Caroline Shaw, Felipe Lara, Tomeka Reid, Tania Leone and Christopher Cerrone.

Vicky Chow, a member of the renowned contemporary music ensemble “Bang on a Can All-Stars”, has been described as “brilliant” by the New York Times, a “monster pianist” by the Time Out New York and a “new star of new music” by her colleagues from the West Coast (Los Angeles Times). These are just a few descriptions that, for the purposes of publicity, are easier to quote. Her huge love for music and the instrument, as well as her ability to develop her talent from young age speak louder than words. Just like many others, Chow started the piano at the age of 5, but as early as at the age of 9, she was invited to perform at the International Gilmore Music Keyboard Festival. A year later, the young musician made her orchestral debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Her subsequent studies at The Julliard School and later at Manhattan School of Music seem to form a natural part of her professional career.

Over the years, her brilliant talent and passion for the new music have propelled her to work with the leading contemporary composers and musicians, such as Nik Bärtsch, Terry Riley, the founder of “Band on a Can” David Lang, of course, as well as Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, Shara Worden, also know as “My Brightest Diamond”, Lee Ranaldo from “Sonic Youth” and many others. Vicky Chow has had the honour of giving the North American premiere of Steve Reich’s “Piano Counterpoint”. The Latvian audience might recall her performances in Ventspils and Cēsis, as the pianist performed the ambitious “Surface Image” by Tristan Perich and a number of compositions of modern-day composers from New York from the album “A O R T A”, created especially for her. Also, the upcoming concert “Autumn Works” is expected to provide time and space for our very first encounter with previously most likely unheard, but so characteristic East Coast music of today.

Reinis Zariņš is one of the greatest Latvian talents, a master of deeply thought-through interpretations, a bright vocalist and a great master of chamber music, as well as author of conceptual interarts projects. Zariņš has performed at a number of prestigious festivals, won awards at international piano competitions and given concerts at the highest ranked concert halls worldwide. His concerts have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3, the National Polish Radio and King FM.

The tickets to the double piano concert “Autumn Works” by Vicky Chow and Reinis Zariņš are available at all sales points of “Biļešu Paradīze”. The number of tickets is limited.

ATTENTION! The concert requires the visitors to present a proof of vaccination or recovery from Covid-19 (the same shall apply to children/ teenagers). Before the concert, the visitors are required to present an interoperable Covid-19 certificate, an identity document and a personalized ticket.

Concert Hall “Latvija” online:
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www.koncertzalelatvija.lv
www.instagram.lv/latvijahall

 

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