On August 4th, at 7:00 PM, at the Great Guild in Rîga, the orchestra Rigas Kamermuziki will present a concert featuring two distinguished artists from the Nordic countries – oboist Helena Jahren (Sweden) and conductor Juha Kangas (Finland).
The audience will hear Sibelius’ suite Rakastava, Per Henrik Nordgren’s Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra, and Mozart’s Symphony in E-Flat Major.
Conductor Juha Kangas (Finland) established one of the best chamber orchestras in Scandinavia in 1972 – the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. Kangas is a musician who loves temperamental and even audacious interpretations of music, as long as the interpretations are logical in their construct. Kangas is particularly interested in the work of Nordic composers, Baltic composers, and Mozart. He has worked with the Latvian National Symphony on several occasions, as well as with the orchestra Rigas Kamermuziki. Kangas regularly performs and records the music of Peteris Vasks. In 1997, he was given the Great Music Award of Latvia for his work in popularising Latvian music abroad.
Oboist Helena Jahren (Sweden) is one of the most prominent oboists in Europe today, and she has performed as a soloist in Europe, the United States, South America and the Far East, working with numerous distinguished conductors. She has performed in Vienna, Milan, London, Barcelona, Madrid, Geneva, Munich, Tokyo and many other places. She has also recorded oboe concertos by Mozart, Bach and Schnitke, as well as chamber music by Britten, Schoenberg and others. Helena Jahren performs music from the periods of Baroque, Classicism and Romanticism, but she also plays music from the early and late 20th century. Some 50 composers from all around the world have composed music especially for Jahren. She teaches master classes throughout the world and is an oboe teacher at a music academy in Denmark. Since 1998, she has been an honorary member of the Swedish Royal Academy of Music.
Tickets cost Ls 3 to 7 and are available at the offices of Bilesu Paradize or on the Internet.