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Gidon Kremer and "Kremerata Baltica" dedicate concert to Garden of Destinies

BC, Riga, 16.09.2009.Print version

On September 15, violinist Gidon Kremer and his chamber orchestra "Kremerata Baltica" performed at the Great Guild in Riga, dedicating their concert to the memorial site Liktendarzs (Garden of Destinies), a project under construction on Krievkalns Islet in the River Daugava by Koknese town, as LETA learned from the project's spokeswoman Kristine Atraste.


The Garden of Destinies memorial site is being developed in memory of all those that Latvia lost during the 20th century – war dead, exiled, and all who suffered under the occupation regimes. Kremer supports the idea of the Garden of Destinies and dedicates tonight's concert to the memory of his loved ones and in hope that in future Latvia will not have to go through periods of violence and conflict anymore.


The concert's program included Gidon Kremer's interpretation of "Last Song" by Georgs Pelecis; "Octet" by Felix Mendelssohn and two Latvian premieres: "Sogno di Stabat Mater" by Lera Auerbach (soloists Gidon Kremer and Ula Ulijona) and Symphony No.4 by the Estonian composer Arvo Part, who will assist at the concert.


Part has dedicated Symphony No.4 to Mikhail Khodorkovsky; it was conducted by Estonian Tonu Kaljuste.


The Garden of Destinies project is planned to be accomplished within 10 years – till the 100 anniversary of the Latvian Republic in 2018.


The author of the artistic and conceptual image of the memorial is monk and famous landscape architect Shunmyo Masuno from Japan.

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