WOMEN’S DAY. ARENA 2015 Introductory Concert
March 08 18:00, Riga Latvian Society House, Golden Hall

Irena Friedland is one the most highly appraised musicians in Israel having gained a notable international recognition performing in numerous countries both as a piano player and chamber musician as well as a lecturer. Piano music lovers know Friedland in Belgium, France, Finland, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, Russia, Vietnam and the USA. Music critics call her performance a play of a genuine sound, point out her warm and captivating tone and extensive range of colors so well heard in her piano play full of power and romantic flame.

Friedland’s professionalism is also attested by three CDs released in “Romeo Records”, highly appraised by such prestigious music magazines as “American Record Guide” and “International Piano” marking the piano player’s sophisticated understanding of music and her warm and intelligent sound of the piano – emotionally expressive but without sentimentality or theatricality. The pianist herself finds it essential to find the connection between the sound and visual arts. She strives to reveal their interrelation both in her concert programs and lectures which she has been giving in different universities of the world for 15 years.

Concert program:
The chosen concert program for Riga includes pieces in seven colors of a rainbow – 19th – 21th century pieces of seven women composers of seven different nationalities. Alongside with music samples of the marvelous romantic period many of which have been undervalued or ignored (e.g. pieces by the German composer Fanny Mendelssohn) while some – totally forgotten (the French composer Cecile Chaminade) the audience will be offered pieces by the American composer Amy Beach and Clara Schumann (Germany). The concert program will also present completely new music written in the 21st century by contemporary Israeli composer Naama Tamir together with pieces by the Latvian composer Indra Riše and Zita Bruzaite, a composer from the neighboring Lithuania.