Pianist’s tour scheduled in U.S., Latvia

A concert tour by pianist Armands Ābols of Latvia will take the artist to four cities in the United States before he returns home to play two concerts in honor of his late teacher, Ilze Graubiņa.

The tour, sponsored by the New York-based cultural organization TILTS, begins Oct. 23 in Houston, Texas, and concludes Nov. 6 in Sigulda, Latvia.

Ābols first gained international recognition in 1992 when he won the Maria Canals International Piano Competition in Barcelona, Spain. Since then he has performed in Europe, North America and South America.

Ilze Graubiņa was a well-known professor at the Latvian Academy of Music. She died in 2001.

Concerts in the United States are scheduled at 8 p.m. Oct. 23 in the Houston First Baptist Church Morris Chapel, 7401 Katy Freeway, Houston, Texas; at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th St., New York; at 5 p.m. Oct. 30 in St. John’s Church, 301 N. Newtown Street Road, Newtown Square, Penn., and at 3 p.m. Oct. 31 in the First & Second Church, 66 Marlborough St.,  Boston, Mass.

In Latvia, concerts are scheduled at 19.00 hours Nov. 5 in Rīgas Latviešu biedrība,  Merķeļu ielā 13, Rīga, and at 18.00 hours Nov. 6 in Baltā flīģeļa zāle, Šveices ielā 19, Sigulda.

Armands Ābols

Armands Ābols will perform in the United States and Latvia. (Photo courtesy of TILTS)

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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