Just in: Verbier chief founds another festival

Martin Engstroem has announced a new festival in Latvia.

The first year will cosist of four weekends with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Mariss Jansons; Israel Philharmonic Orchestra/Zubin Mehta; London Symphony Orchestra/Gianandrea Noseda and the Russian National Orchestra/Mikhail Pletnev.

The second year will be six weekends, going up to eight in 2021.

Engstroem’s co-director is Miguel Esteban, Verbier’s co-founder and COO of London-based production company Idili Live and associate producer of Mamma Mia! The Party.

Backing for the ‘Riga Jurmala Music Festival’ comes from ‘the BMS Foundation, a philanthropic body dedicated to creating world-class classical music events in Latvia.’

So what’s not to like?

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  • I attend music festivals in Jurmala in 1960-70th, where could hear best USSR orchestras and soloist. But than cost of tickets were about 1 rouble. What cost of tickets for projected festival like? Wonderful coastal resort.

  • Eight weeks seems rather ambitious. The Proms, in the “largest and richest” city in Europe, manages only eight weeks. Where do they imagine they will get their customers?

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