The jazz concert program Some Like It Hot was created, drawing inspiration from the legendary motion picture Some Like It Hot and songs performed by iconic actresses Marilyn Monroe and Peggy Lee and singer Ella Fitzgerald, and by their glamorous brilliance and legendary repertoires.
Three dazzling and charming solo artists, owners of delightful voices Beāte Zviedre, Rūta Dūduma-Ķirse, and Arta Jēkabsone / Elīza Evalde have formed a trio for this concert program, and they will be joined on stage by the Orchestra Rīga Big Band under conductor Valdis Butāns.
In individual solo numbers, the singers will perform tunes by legendary actresses Marilyn Monroe and Peggy Lee – “I Wanna Be Loved By You”, “I Love Being Here With You”, “My Heart Belongs to Daddy”, and many more that have gained recognition through classic comedy films of American cinema – Some Like It Hot and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. The concert program pays a special tribute to the work of singer Ella Fitzgerald – Beāte Zviedre’s velvety voice will bring us “Dream a Little Dream of Me”, and Rūta Dūduma-Ķirse’s vibrant personality will shine in “A-Tisket-A-Tasket”.
The trio will dazzle us with the multitude of their voices in the iconic “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” as well as songs by The Andrews Sisters – the most prominent vocal trio of swing and boogie-woogie. The concert will feature more popular pieces like “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” and also some that are less familiar to Latvian audiences, such as “Shoo Shoo Baby” or “Pennsylvania Polka”.
The artistic director and head conductor of the Orchestra Rīga Big Band, Valdis Butāns, has been conceiving the concert program Some Like It Hot for quite some time. The concert will be filled with vintage American jazz from the first half of the 20th century, which still plays a large role in jazz culture to this day. The Orchestra Rīga Big Band will perform swing-era music, popular orchestra music by Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman. Creators of the program point out that a large part of the music performed by the Big Band will be played in the original note arrangements, and the audience will have the opportunity to hear this music exactly as it was in the past century.
Musicologist Raitis Zapackis will add historical insights to the concert. Solo choreography was developed by dancer Egija Abaroviča.
Orchestra Rīga Big Band
Solo performers: Beāte Zviedre; Rūta Dūduma; Arta Jēkabsone/Elīza Evalde
Conductor Valdis Butāns
Host Raitis Zapackis
The program features works by:
Glenn Miller, George Gershwin, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerals, Cole Porter, Herbert Stotheart, Peggy Lee, and other favorite American jazz composers of the past century.
Concert in two parts, duration: approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes
Place: Great Hall
Organized by: Great Amber
Supported by: Liepāja City Council and State Culture Capital Foundation
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The event is intended for an adult audience. Children under the age of 5 may be denied attendance to events for adult audiences.
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