– August 9 – Concert “My Way & Frank Sinatra” –
This year’s opening concert of the festival “Summertime – Inese Galante & Friends” will take place in unusual and extraordinary format – traditional classical symphony concert will be replaced by another version of classics, in another genre – the atmosphere of music festival filled with charm will be created by songs from the repertoire of the legendary ballad performer and the “velvety” voice owner – Frank Sinatra. Sinatra’s compositions form the golden fond of musical culture and up until today conquers listeners all over the world, leaving marks in everyone’s souls, regardless of nationality, age and musical taste. When Frank Sinatra left this world, journalists wrote: “Screw the calendar! Video: https://youtu.be/f29YpQs6vW8
August 10 – Concert “Nirvana, Queen, Led Zeppelin in jazz!”
Jazz, as a music style, is very versatile and easy falls into any other music genre – from folklore music to rock music melodies. Examples of such experiments are concert programmes of Russian leading saxophonist and jazz music virtuoso Anton Rumyantsev – “Nirvana in Jazz”, “Queen in Jazz”, “Led Zeppelin in Jazz” and others. Compositions by those excellent collectives were played and continue to sound in the concert halls, festivals and radio stations all over the world. Most of the jazz musicians simply interpret world’s famous song melodies, but A. Rumyantsev has particularly created specific programmes dedicated to each band separately. A presence of vivid emotionality and temperament is felt in his interpretations at the same time maintaining a respect for legendary songs and their performers. Anton Rumyantsev and his jazz quartet presents a lot of those concert programmes in different European cities, where crowded halls of every concert are filled with unrelenting ovations.
August 11 – Concert “Piano & Opera about Love”
For admirers of the classical music, Inese Galante has intended a special concert for the festival “Summertime – Inese Galante & Friends”: on August 11, in the Small hall of the concert hall “Dzintari”, which is famous for its acoustics, the patroness – one of the best soprano vocals in the world and owner of the unique piano playing technique – Inese Galante, will perform together with talented piano master from Germany – Alexander Schmalcz.
During the concert in Jurmala, the most beautiful love arias and lyrical musical compositions will be heard. Those performances will allow all present concert guests to feel the love of artists for listeners, music and life as such. During this concert the matter of love and warmth of the soul will be felt throughout all songs. A joint performance of remarkable artists already has conquered a recognition of Stockholm audience, Nobel laureates and royal family, guiding the concert with stormy ovations.
August 11 – Concert “Goran Bregovic: The Balkans in Jurmala”
Goran Bregovic – worldwide star, one of the most internationally known and admired musicians and composer, originally from the former Yugoslavia. For a wider audience he is well known as an author of the music for the movies directed by Emir Kusturica. Music by Bregovic is a combination of fiery Balkan rhythm and gypsy motives together with a play of wind instruments saturated with contemporary base and beats. Thanks to his talent, artistry and charisma, Bregovic is attracting listeners all over the world – performing on the stage as if carelessly, demonstrating unspeakable magic of his music and creating associations with the gypsy ethnos and Balkan traditions making all listeners to dance – adults and children, irrespective of their age, status and nationality.
The concert schedule of Goran Bregovic is filled for years ahead. In Latvia the artist is a rare guest, however four years ago he already performed for the festival’s “Summertime – Inese Galante & Friends” 10-year anniversary, earning a recognition and love accompanied with ovations from Jurmala’s audience. G. Bregovic’s performance will therefore be a pleasure for musician’s talent admires. None of the listeners will remain indifferent for the emotional performance of Bregovic and those positive emotions will remain in the memory of the concert guests for a long time – remembering the summer of 2018 in Jurmala.
August 12 – The concert “Gala Galante”
On August 12, in the concert hall of “Dzintari” traditional – already 14th international music festival’s “Summertime – Inese Galante & Friends” closing concert will take place – a bright culmination of the music festival arranged by Inese Galante. Listeners will enjoy a combination of positive emotions thanks to the diversity of musical performances: during the evening on the stage will be seen Latvian and foreign stars together with new talents – laureates of the “Inese Galante’s talents” contest.
Only the closing concert “Galá Galante” will provide the unique opportunity to see and hear the music star constellation on one stage: soloists of the Latvian National opera, who have earned recognition of professional music critics and audience – Raimonds Bramanis, Mikhail Chulpayev and Juris Vizbulis, combining their voices and charisma in a musical trio of tenors – Tenoru trio; an excellent Latvian countertenor – Sergejs Jegers, witty and charismatic personality Intars Busulis and, of course, festival’s main figure – Inese Galante, as well as widely admired mezzo-soprano from Russia – Olesya Petrova and legendary Russian jazz pianist – Daniel Kramer. As a special guest in the closing concert of the festival world-wide known Italian singer – Giovanni Cоstello will perform, as well as artistic baritone from Austria – Martin Achrainer. For example, Giovanni Cоstello owner of a divine voice and charm, a conqueror of women’s hearts across the globe and admired by audiences all over the world in his unique manner will perform hits and ballades of famous Italian singers, such as Caruso and Celentano. Meanwhile performance of Martin Achrainer, the soloist of Vienna Opera, will be a new discovery for Latvian audience of the festival. “Martin is able to sing both lowest and highest notes in his range, yet he does it in a very professional, sophisticated and filigree manner,” is written by one of the United States’ largest newspapers, The New York Times, about the vocal abilities of an Austrian baritone.
August 14 – Concert “Viva Italia!”
On August 14, in the concert hall “Dzintari”, within the framework of the festival “Summertime – Inese Galante & Friends” Italian singer Giovanni Cоstello will perform a solo concert. The artist in his unique manner will perform hits from well-known Italian singer’s Paolo Conti repertoire and Italian ballades from Caruso to Celentano. Giovanni Cоstello’s performance will be a novelty for Latvian audience, however, the charming singer and the owner of enchanting voice has earned a recognition of music fans and conquered thousands of women’s hearts all over the world. Italy – with its unique cultural heritage, has long served as the source of inspiration for the greatest artists of the world and Italian language itself can charm, but the music – inspire to love, besides – admirable Italian charisma together with the fiery temperament certainly serves as a source of energy. All that – love, inspiration and dreams about eternal summer in the concert “Viva Italia!” on August 14, in the concert hall of Dzintari.