The second “Osokin’s Freedom Festival @152” will take place in Riga from July 7 to 11, during which favorite Latvian artists will perform in nine concerts with special concert programs for almost a week: Ģirts Krūmiņš, Deniss Pashkevich, Raimonds Tiguls, Ieva Parša, Rihards Lībietis, Iveta Cālīte, Katrīna Gupalo, Gints Smukais and the author of the festival idea himself – Andrejs Osokins.
“Despite how difficult and even challenging it is to organize public events during this pandemic, that all have to meet so many different requirements and restrictions, we have chosen to go forward with this festival this year as well. We do this because it is extremely important for us to create an opportunity for both ourselves and other wonderful artists to meet the audience in person, to feel the emotions of people and the excitement of a real concert, ”says Andrejs Osokins.
Two types of concerts are planned during the festival – all will be available to listeners with a valid Covid-19 certificate, while three concerts are also intended for those music lovers who can present a negative Covid-19 test confirmation. TICKETS available online.
The opening concert of the festival on the evening of July 7 will feature a magnificent piano music program performed by Andrejs Osokins. The special guest of the concert will be the outstanding Latvian mezzo-soprano Ieva Parša. The program includes the diversity of German romanticism in piano music – the most outstanding opuses of Ludwig van Beethoven, Robert Schuman, Franz Schubert, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Johannes Brahms. (TICKETS).
On July 8 two concerts will take place – the concert of Deniss Pashkevich‘s electro-acoustic music project TEN KA with the program “sonic geometry: structures, patterns and forms” (TICKETS) and Andrejs Osokin’s solo concert dedicated to piano music of German Romanticism. (TICKETS) Both concerts can be attended by spectators with a valid Covid-19 vaccination certificate or negative test.
On July 9 the charming singer and musician Katrīna Gupalo will perform her solo program with songs by the well-known Latvian composer Imants Kalniņš as well as Katrīna’s own songs, also several premieres and surprises are to be expected. (TICKETS) Immediately afterwards Katrīna will perform the most beautiful songs from musicals and film, together with Andrejs Osokins. The concert will feature songs and compositions from Liza Minelli, Marilyn Monroe, Edith Piaf, Audrey Hepburn, Elvis Presley, George Gershwin and others. (TICKETS)
On July 10, for the first time, the beloved Latvian actor Ģirts Krūmiņš will meet Andrejs Osokins in a concert-performance, which will be a tribute to outstanding 20th century personalities in music. In this concert-performance the emotionally saturated sensitive perception of the world, expressed in the love poetry of Marina Tsvetaeva and Velga Krile, will intertwine with the compositions of Lucia Garuta, Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Peter Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev and Jānis Mediņš – pieces united by refinement, strong emotionality and unusual sound color palette that characterize the compositions of the Silver Age of Music. This concert-performance will take place at 18.00 (TICKETS) and 20.00 (TICKETS), the last of which will also be available to listeners with both a valid Covid-19 certificate as well as a negative Covid-19 test.
The closing day of the festival, July 11, will be full of contrasts. At first violinist Magdalena Geka and pianist Iveta Cālīte will perform a concert of exquisite chamber music “Women – Composers”. The two musicians are united by a strong, temperamental and at the same time extremely subtle creative spirit, as well as close ties with the musical life of Paris. The program includes music for violin and piano by Klara Schumane, Maija Einfelde, Ruta Paidere and Amanda Maiere. (TICKETS)
At 19.00, the last concert of the festival, the folk and original music program will be performed by two virtuoso guitarists – Rihards Lībietis and Gints Smukais, who will be joined by both Katrīna Gupalo and composer and master of ambient music Raimonds Tiguls. The program will include many of the audience’s favorite compositions with meditative and experimental music, creating a colorful palette of sounds, rich emotions and a little Mediterranean feeling. (TICKETS)
This year also the festival will take place in the Piano Salon in Riga, 152 Brīvības Street, thus preserving the concept of a mini-festival, which provides an opportunity to attend concerts for a narrow circle of listeners, ensuring a special sense of closeness between artists and listeners.