Concert by the Latvian National Armed Forces orchestra and big band in honour of the 97th anniversary of the 1st military band of the Latvian National Armed Forces.
The Latvian National Armed Forces orchestra and big band
Special guest - Rihards Zaļupe
On 6 February, 1919 captain Ludvigs Bolšteins, commander of the newly formed armed forces issued order No.11 according to which company 11 of the volunteers was to form a band. In compliance with this order the first Latvian military band was formed in Liepāja.
In honour of this event the Latvian National Armed Forces band started an annual tradition of performing a concert in one of the Latvian cities.
On 4 February, 2016 a grandiose concert in honour of the 97th anniversary of the 1st Latvian military band will take place in the Great Amber concert hall at 19:00.
Latvian National Armed Forces orchestra will open the first half of the concert with a repertoire of Latvian Armed Forces military bands. Concert participants will have the opportunity to hear the first performance of Rihards Zaļupe’s composed piece Meža Atmosfēras which was composed particularly for the Latvian National Armed Forces orchestra; it is a composition created with the support of the State Culture Capital Foundation. The marimba solo will be performed by the composer of the piece himself.
Suite of another contemporary Latvian composer Sergejs Austris Universs - Kurzeme represents the brass band original composition part of the programme.
During the second half of the concert the Latvian National Armed Forces big band will perform their concert Tautasdziesma that was created for the big band by one of the leading Lithuanian jazz arrangers - Rimantas Giedraitis.
Songs such as Auga, auga rūžeņa, Seši mazi bundzinieki, Saulīt vēlu vakarā(i), Caur sidraba birzi gāju among other well-known Latvian folk songs have become the basis of the new concert programme.
Approximate length of the two part concert: 2 hours 20 minutes
Place: Great hall
Organiser: Latvian National Armed Forces in collaboration with Great Amber
New concert by the Latvian National Armed Forces big band Tautasdziesma,
Rihards Zaļupe – first performance of the concert for the marimba and a brass band,
Sergejs Austris Universs - suite “Kurzeme".