Embassy Music Series at Latvian Embassy in Washington
Oct 24, 2012
By Gustavs Plato
The evening of October 4th was a special evening as the Embassy Music Series came to the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia.  It featured violinist Lorenzo Gatto, accompanied by pianist Robert Giordano.  The two were extraordinary and delivered passionate and lively renditions of Mozart, Beethoven, Kreisler, Tchaikovsky, and Ravel.  

Following the concert, the guests were able to meet with the artists, interact with one another, as well as newly arrived Ambassador Andris Razans and his wife Mrs. Gunta Razans.  Of course, the evening would not have been complete without a festive dinner and reception that featured Baltic cuisine.

The event was very appropriate for the location. The building that is currently the Latvian Embassy has a long and storied past (now designated a historical site in DC).  At one time it served as the Peruvian Embassy and it also operated as the British Officer’s Club.  Historically, it is probably the most recognized as being owned by Alice Pike Barney and catered to patrons of the arts including President’s Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft.

The Embassy Series made its debut in 1994. The non-profit group has hosted over 300 concerts featuring more than 500 artists.  They have worked with over 100 ambassadors at 46 different embassies.  There is no better “series” that can truly give the audience a better feel for the nation being represented and the cultural diversity that resides in Washington DC.

Washington DC is a city filled with great energy and commerce and the Embassy Series provides an evening respite where the work of the day can be put aside for a few hours to take in the talented musicians and cultures they represent.

During the upcoming “season” (year), the Embassy Music Series has many concerts already planned including Austria, Iceland, Israel, and Slovenia.  What makes this even more special is that LatCham’s Ian Portnoy is the Chairman of the Board for the Series.  A special thanks also to Jerome Barry, who is the Founder and Artistic Director for the Embassy Music Series, and whose inspiration makes such a wonderful contribution to the Washington DC music and cultural scene.

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