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The State Chamber Orchestra Sinfonietta Rīga in the single sinfonietta type orchestra not only in Latvia but also in the Baltic countries. It is like a melting pot for various musical traditions coming from West and East Europe. This is where the unique, deliberately nurtured performance style is being continuously kneaded and polished, with the primary aim to achieve an impeccable quality of sound. Sinfonietta Rīga gives regular performances in Latvia and elsewhere. Three times it has been announced the winner of the Great Music Award of Latvia, last time in March 2016.
The major highlight of this concert is the world premiere of new work for solo saxophones and chamber orchestra by Lithuanian composer Justė Janulytė entitled The Colour of Water. Co-commissioned by the Saxophonia Festival in Riga and the Klaipėda Music Spring Festival in Klaipėda, this work, in composer’s words, “is an attempt to poetically reflect on the illusory colour of water, which is actually non-existent.”
Lithuanian saxophonist Arvydas Kazlauskas, who currently resides and teaches in Latvia, will join the orchestra, performing on soprano, alto and baritone saxophones. Besides the world premiere, Normunds Šnē, artistic director and conductor of the Sinfonietta Rīga, has programmed works by Joseph Haydn, Jachin Pousson and Erkki-Sven Tüür.