In 2017 the Orchestra Rīga began a new tradition, the Three Star Festival, which takes place in November and is dedicated to Latvia's State Centenary. Each year the festival plans three special concerts where music created by Latvian composers is thematically tied to a particular event in Latvian history or the anniversary of some outstanding Latvian working in the field of culture.
The idea is to celebrate Latvian cultural achievements and facilitate the composition of new Latvian music.
The concert Latvia in the poetry of Imants Ziedonis and Ojārs Vācietis features the work of composers Pēteris Plakidis and Vilnis Šmīdbergs, as well as premiere performances of Arturs Maskats and Jēkabs Jančevskis vocal compositions. On Lāčplēsis Day (memorial day for soldiers who fought for the independence of Latvia, 11 November) the Rīga Men's Choir and the Orchestra Riga perform patriotic Latvian soldiers' and working songs that have been sung from the First World War until the present day. The third concert, For Fatherland and Freedom, presents the world premiere of new compositions to be performed by the Orchestra Rīga and assembled choirs and soloists.
9 November - Latvia in the poetry of Imants Ziedonis and Ojārs Vācietis - National Library of Latvia, I. Ziedonis Hall, Riga
11 November - Latvian Soldiers' Songs - Great Guild Hall, Riga
19 November - For Fatherland and Freedom - VEF Culture Palace, Riga
Created and done by: Riga City Council / Riga Orchestra
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