23 January, 2022 seen 1,148Restaurant Kūriņš in Jūrmala serves a traditional Latvian cuisine. It's located close to the seashore in Kauguri (part of Jūrmala). Rumour has it - in weekends it's hard to get a table here. The reason probably is a great food, large portions and a lovely location. a Signboard at Restaurant Kūriņš Latvians are really into a carving, and Restaurant Kūriņš is…
Dzintari concert hall is popular throughout Latvia as a place where concerts and other events are held, where outstanding artists have been performing for almost for 70 summers now.
I discovered this place by accident during my cycling Jūrmala ride. I stopped my vehicle in front of this place just to rest and decided to photograph this venue site as well.
Here is what I got:
Water fountain in front of Dzintari Concert Hall
Entrance gates at Dzintari Concert Hall
Dzintari concert hall
I really enjoy its wooden architecture
Cultural monument - Dzintari concert hall
According to the inscription on the plate - in this building back in 1986 happened a USSR - USA delegate meeting - Chautauqua at Jurmala: Since I had no clue what that actually means I found following. An excerpt from When Stars and Stripes Met Hammer and Sickle: The Chautauqua Conferences on US-Soviet Relations, 1985–1989
..The second meeting, in Jurmala near Riga, Latvia, was put in jeopardy twice: first when the Soviet State Security Committee (KGB) arrested a U.S. journalist, Nicholas Daniloff, and later when the American Latvian Association protested the meeting out of concern that official U.S. participation would imply acceptance of the illegal Soviet incorporation of Latvia into the USSR during World War II. But as it turned out, the Latvian nationalist cause was helped rather than harmed by the meeting. Local Latvians, bolstered by the support of their kin in the U.S. delegation, turned the event to their advantage. The Americans criticized the restrictive attendance policy of the Soviet hosts and convinced them to open up the events to ordinary Latvian citizens. Latvian-speaking Americans passed out lapel pins with U.S. and Latvian flags, the latter of which had been banned by the Soviet authorities since 1940. The 1987 conference at Chautauqua received wide media coverage in the United States and helped expose Americans to the changes under way in the Soviet Union...
Poster at Dzintari Concert Hall
Promoting famous Latvian composer Raimonds Pauls and vocal group FRAMEST
About Dzintari Concert Hall
The concert hall was built in 1936. Famous Latvian artists and international stars such as José Carreras, M. Caballe, Y. Obraztsova, F. Chaliapin, L. Sobinov, F. Stravinsky, I. Glazunov, piano players G. Ginzburg, H. Neuhaus, S. Richter, violinists I. Bezrodny, L.Kogan, D.Oistrakh, as well as R. Pauls, I. Galante, P. Kaas C. Dulpher, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Bremen Symphony Orchestra, Kremerata Baltika have also performed here.
In 2004 – 2006 the Dzintari concert hall was reconstructed, at this time the park surrounding Dzintari concert hall was enlarged and landscaped, the stage and the auditorium were reconstructed and the amenities of the territory were improved.
Annual festivals of jazz and classical music, the international humor festival “Jūrmala 2009”, the show of the club for merry and witty ones"Singing KiViNs", the magnificent festival of ballet stars “Ballet Stars in Jūrmala”, the young performers’ contest “The New Wave” and the international festival of classical music “Summertime” have become traditional.
Every season the audience can enjoy approximately 100 concerts! The concert program is created to suit all tastes and all age groups, representing all genres – from folklore and classical music to rock and pop.