Thursday, July 05, 2012

Latvian-Born Conductor Mariss Jansons, One of the World's Best, and the Music Behind the Notes

At the Guardian, The Observer's Fiona Maddocks reports in an article headlined:

Mariss Jansons: 'The notes are just signs. You have to go behind them:
"Mariss Jansons is regarded by many as the best conductor in the world. On the eve of a visit to the UK with the Amsterdam Concertgebouw he talks about his Latvian roots, his heart attack on the podium, and why he's never satisfied with his performances"

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Ligo - Latvia Celebrates the Summer Solstice According to Ancient Traditions - The BBC Reports

The great thing about the ancient and traditional celebration of the Summer Solstice in Latvia is that it is a fresh and healthy departure from the monotonous stream of reports about the world debt crisis or other negative international events that dominate the daily news.

Damien McGuinness reports for BBC News in Latvia midsummer: Songs, flowers and running around naked.

Looks definitely like one understandable way to get up the low birth rates in Western Civilization countries.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Visit to Riga Latvia Recommends Fewer Business Barriers For Young Latvians

The Voice of America Breaking News reports that Clinton Recommends Fewer Business Barriers For Young Latvians

Hillary Rodham Clinton Visits Latvia as 100th Visited Country as Secretary of State and 122nd representing the USA

See the AP story at the Washington Post, June 28, 2012, in Globe-trotting Hillary Clinton makes, marks history in Latvia.

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