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Riga calendar of events
Here's what's going on in Riga in April and May. Photo of Nine Inch Nails courtesy of Positivus - www.positivus.com.

Music & Events
April 
           
Date    Time    Event    Venue
3    19:00    Riga Jazz Stage. Jazz music competition. €10    SP
4 - 6        The Fourth Dimension Show at the Riga Circus. See it live every weekend. For times see www.cirks.lv    CIR
4    19:00    Riga Jazz Stage. Jazz music competition finals. €10 - 15    SP
5    19:00    Riga Jazz Stage awards ceremony followed by China Moses (USA). €10 - 20    SP
5    19:00    The Metal All-Stars featuring musicians from Pantera, Anthrax, Sepultura, Megadeth, Ministry and many more. €30 - 57    AR
10    22:00    Overweight (Belgium). Skapunk concert    DP
11    19:30    The Champions and Friends Ice Show featuring Evgeni Plushenko. Figure skating at its best. €29 - 58    AR
11    20:00    4th European Blues Challenge. 18 blues bands from 18 countries. €26    SF
12    19:00    Ballroom Dancing at the Small Guild with a live orchestra    SG
12    20:00    4th European Blues Challenge. 18 blues bands from 18 countries. €26    SF
14    19:00    Tommy Emmanuel. Australia's guitar virtuoso in concert. €15 - 65    RCC
15 - 21        Riga Orienteering Week, www.magnets.lv    
16    20:00    Turisas (Finland). Folk metal concert    MP
18    20:00    Antithesis IV metal show with Esoteric (UK), Isole (Sweden), Procession (Sweden), Doomed (Denmark) and others    MP
20 - 21    12:00 - 17:00    Traditional Latvian Easter celebrations at the Ethnographic Museum    EM
26    19:00    Riga's Rhythms Festival presents the Pat Metheny Unity Group (USA). €30 - 70    RCC
28    22:00    Die Sektor (USA): EBM/industrial; Nitro / Noise (Canada): violent EBM    DP
            
May            
1 - 2    10:00 - 21:00    Magic Dance 2014. Dance competition with participants from around the globe. €5 - 50    KH
2    22:00    Kastete (LV). Punk/hardcore concert    DP
6    20:00    Nine Inch Nails. Reznor and crew live in Riga for the first time. €35 - 53    AR
10    21:00    Global Dance House Event. First Session: Holland DJ Parade. €19    PR
13    19:00    Dominic Miller and Band. The guitarist has played on all of Sting's albums and tours since 1990! €11 - 35    GG
15 - 17        Art+Communication 2014 New Media Culture Festival: Recyclable Future    KM
17    20:00    Peter Gabriel. The music legend live. €35 - 99    AR
18        Nordea Riga Marathon    
23    19:30    Latvian Folk Dancing Concert featuring 300 dancers in traditional costumes    KH
23 - 25    11:00 - 01:00    Latviabeerfest 2014. The biggest beer feestival in the Baltics in the Vērmanes Park     VP
24    12:00 - 23:00    Pārdaugava Festival. Concerts, kids attractions, a cinema tent, food and an outdoor party from 20:00    AP
27    19:00    Georgian Voices. Georgian folk music choir. €12 - 35    GG
28    19:00    Jesse Cook. A night of rumba flamenco. €12 - 35    RCC
28    19:30    Viaggio guitar and acordion music. From classical to Chanson. €11 - 17    GG

Opera & Ballet
April
        Tickets cost €4 - 30    
Date    Time    Event    Venue
2    19:00    La Bohème, opera, Puccini    OP
3    19:00    The Fountain of Bakhchisaray, ballet, Asafiev    OP
4    19:00    Nabucco, opera, Verdi    OP
5    19:00    Othello, ballet, music by J.S.Bach, Iannis Xenakis and Avet Terterian    OP
6    19:00    Tosca, opera, Puccini    OP
9    19:00    La Traviata, opera, Verdi    OP
10    19:00    La Bayadère, ballet, Minkus    OP
11    19:00    The Marriage of Figaro, opera, Mozart    OP
12    12:00    Karlsson Flies..., fantasy ballet for kids, Karlsons    OP
12    18:00    Karlsson Flies..., fantasy ballet for kids, Karlsons    OP
12    19:30    Baltic Ballet Festival. Bob'Art ballet by Opinion Public cie (Belgium)    OPN
13    19:00    Carmen, opera, Bizet    OP
14    19:00    Baltic Ballet Festival. Gala concert    OP
26    19:00    Premiere. Three Meetings. Three of Latvia's best composers are interpreted by some of the world's best choreographers    OP
27    19:00    Three Meetings. Three of Latvia's best composers are interpreted by some of the world's best choreographers    OP
30    19:00    Anna Karenina, ballet, Tchaikovsky    OP
            
May            
2    19:00    Lucia di Lammermoor, opera, Donizetti    OP
3    19:00    Othello, ballet, music by J.S.Bach, Iannis Xenakis and Avet Terterian    OP
7    19:00    Messiah, ballet, Händel    OP
8    19:00    The Love for Three           Oranges, opera, Prokofiev    OP
9    19:00    La Bayadère, ballet, Minkus    OP
10    19:00    Nabucco, opera, Verdi    OP
14    19:00    The Marriage of Figaro, opera, Mozart    OP
15    19:00    Giselle, ballet, Adam    OP
16    19:00    The Barber of Seville, opera, Rossini    OP
18    19:00    Three Meetings. Three of Latvia's best composers interpreted by some of the world's best choreographers    OP
19    19:00    Concert by students of the Riga Choreography School. €4 - 22    OP
21    18:30    Possible IV. A concert by aspiring dancers and choreographers    OPN
23    18:30    Mikhail and Mikhail Play Chess, opera, Pētersons    OP
30    19:00    Premiere. Il Trovatore, opera, Verdi    OP
31    19:00    Il Trovatore, opera, Verdi    OP

Baltic Ballet Festival 2014
April
        www.ballet-festival.lv    
Date    Time    Event    Venue
7    17:00    Opening ceremony    RR
9    19:00    The King is Dancing    SP
12    19:30    Bob'Art ballet by Opinion Public cie (Belgium)    OPN
14    19:00    Baltic Ballet Festival gala    OP
16    19:00    Czterdziešci by the Polish Dance Theatre of Poznan    RCC
23    17:00    Opening of Jewels at the Mentzendorf House    MH
27    18:00    Dance with Piano by Diāna Zandberga    RSH
29    19:00    Black and White performed by the Jesus Carmona & cia flamenco dance company    RCC

May            
18    19:00    World premiere. Black Diamond performed by the Danish Dance Theatre    RCC

Classical Music
April
            
Date    Time    Event    Venue
2    19:00    J.S.Bach organ music. Alexander Kniazew (organ, Russia). Programme: Goldberg Variations    RC
3    19:00    Avanti Youth Music Festival. Daniil Bulayev (violin) and Liliya Sarkisyan (piano). €5 - 10    SG
4    19:00    J.S. Bach. St. Mark's Passion. Elīna Šimkus (soprano), the Latvian Radio Choir and Sinfonietta Rīga. €10     RC
4    19:00    Viva Beethoven. Vadim Gluzman (violin) and the LNSO. Programme: Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D major and Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 36    GG
6    13:00    Avanti Youth Music Festival. Classical music final gala. €5 - 10    ZB
6    17:00    Avanti Youth Music Festival. Jazz music final gala. €5 - 10    ZB
8    19:00    3 + 1 String Quartet. Programme: D.Tabakova, F.Say and J.Brahms    GG
11    19:00    Johannes Geffert (organ, Germany). Programme: J.S.Bach, S.Neukomm, J.G.Rheinberger    RC
11    19:00    J.S.Bach. St. Matthew's Passion. The Latvian Radio Choir, the Riga Dom Cathedral Boys' Choir and Les Passions de l'Ame. €10    SPC
11    19:00    Sinfonietta Riga. Programme: E.Tüür's Action. Passion. Illusion; Beethoven's Violin Concerto in D Major; Mozart's Symphony in C Major KV 425    GG
12    11:00    LeNeSOn’s Zoo. Children's concert. Programme: Carnival of the Animals by C.Saint-Saens and Countryside Suite by J. Karlsons     GG
12    14:00    LeNeSOn’s Zoo. Children’s concert. Programme: Carnival of the Animals by C.Saint-Saens and Countryside Suite by J. Karlson    GG
12    19:00    Chamber Music Charges. The Opera piano trio perform Shostakovich and Grīnups. €10    SK
12    19:00    Bach and Spanish Music. Ricardo Gallen (guitar) adn the Riga Professional Symphony Band    GG
16    19:00    Chants of Holy Week. Ilze Reine (organ), Jānis Kurševs (tenor) and the Radio Latvia Choir. Programme: J.S.Bach, Carlo Gesualdo da Venosa      RC
18    19:00    Good Friday concert. Kristīne Adamaite (organ), Ēriks Kiršfelds (cello) and the Tiāra Girls’ Choir     RC
18    19:00    LNSO concert. Programme: O.Messiaen's Four Symphonic Meditations The Ascension and R.Strauss' Symphonic Poem Death and Transfiguration    GG
18    19:00    J.S.Bach. St. John’s Passion. The Latvian Radio Choir and Concerto Copenhagen. €7 - 15    SJ
19    15:00    Duet with Cellos. Ilze Ozoliņa (piano), Ilona Bagele (mezzo-soprano) and Inga Sunepa (cello). Programme: J.Brahms, L.Bernstein, C.Saint-Saëns. €8    OPD
19    19:00    Windstream 2014 International Composers Competition Final    GG
20    19:00    Easter concert. Ilze Reine (organ), Jānis Porietis (trumpet) and Edgars Švembergs (trumpet)     RC
20    19:00    Windstream 2014 International Composers Competition awards ceremony and concert    GG
25    19:00    Organ music concert. Diāna Jaunzeme (organ), Szabolcs Zempléni (French horn, Hungary). Programme: J.S.Bach, G.F.Händel, M.Lanquetuit    RC
25    19:00    Yundi (piano, China). Winner of the 14th Chopin Piano Competition. €7 - 45    GG
26    19:00    Rīga Festival. World premiere of Zigmars Liepiņš' Transcendental Oratorium. The Latvija State Academic Choir and the LNSO     RC
            
May            
2    18:00    Dream Team cello ensemble. Programme:  J.S. Bach, L. Vierne and D. Popper    SJ
4    19:00    Two Latvias: the Urban and the Pastoral. Riga Professional Symphonic Band gala concert. Programme: Ē.Ešenvalds, I.Brege and A.Dzenītis    GG
8    19:00    LNSO performs Trio Variations. Programme: Beethoven, J.Karlsons, B.Martinů and R. Muczynski    GG
9    19:00    Magic Flute. Dita Krenberga and other musicians. Programme: C.Debussy, A.Copland, M.Ravel and C.Saint-Saëns. €10    SK
14    19:00    Concert Masters in Chamber Music. The LNSO and soloists. Programme: E.Vecumniece, A.Altmanis, P.Hindemith and M.Arnold    GG
16    19:00    Sinfonietta Riga season gala concert. Programme: R.Schumann's Symphony No. 1; M.Tippett's Divertimento on Sellinger’s Round; C.P.E.Bach's Cello Concerto in A minor. €7 - 30    GG
17    19:00    Solo concert by Inga Kalna (soprano). €6 - 55    OP
18    15:00    Chamber music concert.  Programme: P.Plakidis, J.Haydn, M.Lindberg, B.Mantovani, Ē.Ešenvalds, G.Connesson. €8    OPD
23    19:00    The LNSO season gala concert. Programme: R.Strauss' Tone Poem Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks; F.Liszt's Piano Concerto No. 1; P.Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64    GG
24    19:00    Rīga Festival. Sinfonietta Riga at the Spilve Airport. Programme: A.Schnittke, K.Pētersons, G.Ligeti, J.Nordin and G.d'Hoop. €10    SA
25    18:00    The University of Latvia's DeCoro Choir. Proramme: P.Glass and E.Whitacre    SJ
25    19:00    The London Symphony Orchestra. Programme: F.Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 and G.Mahler’s Symphony No. 1    OP
26    19:00    The Doane College Choir (USA) performs music by American and Latvian composers    SJ
29    19:00    Sinfonietta Riga concert. Programme: A.Pert, P.Vasks, R.Tiguls. €15    SPC

Riga 2014 Events
April        www.riga2014.org    
Date    Time    Event    Venue
        1914. An exhibition dedicated to WWI. Visual arts from 11 different nations on the continent. On display until 20.04    AEH
        Heartbeats. An interactive art exhibition by French artist Christian Boltanski. On display until 20.04    AEH
4    19:00    J.S. Bach. St. Mark's Passion. Elīna Šimkus (soprano) and Sinfonietta Rīga. €10     RC
5    18:00    Black Market of Useful Knowledge and Ignorance No.16    SF
11    19:00    J.S.Bach. St. Matthew's Passion. The Latvian Radio Choir, the Riga Dom Cathedral Boys' Choir and Les Passions de l'Ame. €10    SPC
11        Opening of the exhibition Vija Celmins: Double Reality    RB
18    19:00    J.S.Bach. St. John’s Passion. The Latvian Radio Choir and Concerto Copenhagen. €7 - 15    SJ
17    19:00    Windstream 2014 International Composers Competition jury concert with the Riga Professional Symphonic Band    GG
19    19:00    Windstream 2014 International Composers Competition Final    GG
20    19:00    Windstream 2014 International Composers Competition awards ceremony and concert    GG
24 - 30        Watch 15 - 20 European films from the 1940s and 50s preceded by historic newsreels    SP
26 - 27    19:00    Three Meetings. Three of Latvia's best composers are interpreted by some of the world's best choreographers    OP
30        The opening of the former KGB building also known as the Corner House    CH

May            
                    Stories from Ziedoņdārzs. Daily weekday events at the park     ZD
13 - 17        Blank Canvas. Street art festival at Nabaklab and other venues    NK
18    19:00    Three Meetings. Three of Latvia's best composers are interpreted by choreographers    OP
22        Opening of the exhibition Seeking the Horizon    RM
25    19:00    The London Symphony Orchestra. Programme: F.Schubert’s Symphony No. 8 and G.Mahler’s Symphony No. 1    OP

Venues
AEH - Arsenāls Exhibition Hall
AR - Arena Riga
CH - Corner House (Stabu/Brīvības)        
CIR - Riga Circus
DP - Depo
EM - Ethnographic Museum
GG - Great Guild
KH - Ķīpsala Hall
KM - kim?
MH - Mentzendorff House
MNH - Museum of Natural History
MP - Melnā piektdiena
OP - Opera
OPD - Opera Dress Circle
OPN - Opera New Hall
PR - Palladium Riga
RAS - Riga Art Space
RB - Riga Bourse Art Museum
RC - Riga Cathedral
RCC - Riga Congress Center
RM - Railway Museum
RR - Riga Train Station
RSH - Riga Society House
SA - Spilve Airport
SF - Sapņu Fabrika
SG - Small Guild
SJ - St. John’s Church
SK - Spīķeri Concert Hall
SP - Splendid Palace
SPC - St. Peter‘s Church
ZB - Ziemeļblāzma Culture House
ZD - Ziedoņdarzs Park

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  • Martin - 24 September 2013
    Guy`s First i would like to say, great lucking web site and were useful. But wish to as you can i get the event calender for October, as it is the month that i plan to wist Riga. Thank you in advance Guys and keep up the grate work, good bye
  • Bretscher Lucia - Richterswil, Switzerland 27 June 2013
    Could you send me your calender events for October, please? We're 18 friends visiting Riga from 6th-10th October. Are there any music preformances during this period? Thanks in advance.Best wishesLucia Bretscher

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