Here is a video of Bill and Ilze performing Legende by Georges Enescu (click here) at this recital.
Thursday, April 15, featured a concert of brass soloists with the Jazeps Medins Riga Music School Wind Orchestra. Here's a video of three trumpeters who traveled from the Netherlands (Jordi Lensink, Ruben van Schijndel, and Eline Beumer) performing Leroy Anderson's Buglers Holiday, Andis Karelis conducting (click here). Olivier Darbellay also played on this concert (click here).
Here is a video clip of Andante et Allegro by J.Guy Ropartz (arranged by David Marlatt) with Janis Retenais conducting (click here).
The final concert for the Brass Symposium was on Saturday, April 17, featuring the JVLMA Brass Ensemble and the debut performance of the Latvian Brass Band. Here is a clip of the brass band performing Diogenes by Jacob de Haan, Andis Karelis conducting (click here). Bill's friend Edgars Svembergs plays trumpet in the Latvian National Opera and soprano cornet in the LBB (click here). Bill has played flugelhorn in the brass band since January and was featured on Black Velvet (click here). We're also "embracing the swing" here in Riga! (click here)
Of course, the party afterward is often an important part of these types of events. Big fun! Congratulations to event coordinator Janis Retenais, the JVLMA, and the Latvian Brass Association (website here) for an outstanding week of great brass playing and teaching. We know that this annual event will continue to amaze and inspire brass players in this corner of the world. Prieka!