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European Studies Series

A series of documentaries that offers in-depth studies on the geography, history, culture and people of various European countries; also informative perspectives on significant contemporary issues are addressed. Programs available on 25 individual DVDs, Digital Streaming Files or Videos; also in a 25-Disc Set. Click for more

Latvia: I Remember Riga

Latvia: I Remember Riga

"Recommended. A rare and wonderful opportunity to see and hear a renewed spirit of life in Latvia through the music and memories of the classical musician Arkady Formin." -National Media Review
The renowned conductor and violinist Arkady Fomin, whose father survived the Holocaust of World War II, was born and raised in Riga, Latvia, when this Baltic country was part of the former Soviet Union. He began studying violin with Voldemar Sturestep at the age of eight; then went on to earn his master's degree from the Latvian State Conservatory and eventually toured as a soloist with the Latvian State Philharmonic. Today, he is a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, as well as a Professor and Artist-in-Residence at the University of Texas at Dallas, the Artistic Director of the New Conservatory of Dallas, and the Artistic Director of Conservatory Music in the Mountains in Durango, Colorado. But as this inspiring documentary shows, to say, "you can never go home again," would not apply to this master musician. Here, he returns to his homeland with a number of his music students from Dallas to give a concert during the Christmas season with the Latvian Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. As we hear student concert performances, featuring the music of Mozart and Vivaldi, we too hear personal reminiscences about Riga by the maestro, along with beautiful winter scenes of the capital city. Produced by Quin Mathews. 06/09DE IJSCA 25 min.
Also on Christmas: The Christmas Series; Flowers For Christmas With Jane Packer; Christian: The Story of Christ in Art; Canada 10: Christmas in Banff; Musical Storyteller 2a: The Story of the Christmas Stockings

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