The motto of the Autumn Chamber Music Festival is tête-à-tête or "eye to eye", emphasizing the uniquely intimate chamber musicianship atmosphere and the special dialogue that takes place between the audience and musicians. For several years now the festival has been held under the patronage of the world famous Latvian composer Peteris Vasks. His acceptance of this honorable position encourages musicians to include pieces composed by him or by other Latvian composer into their programs.
Most of the festival’s concerts will be held at the Spīķeri Concert Hall, which is located in a beautifully restored warehouse originally built in the 19th century and has in recent years become a popular concert venue. Concerts will also be held at the Riga Blackhead’s House, the Old St.Gertrude’s Church and the Great Guild Hall.
The festival’s opening concert will be held at the Riga Blackhead’s House" and will feature the internationally acclaimed quartet "Raro", which will perform music from such composers as Alfred Schnittke, Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann and Vasks himself.
One of the main days of the festival will be October 1 - "Chamber Music Day in Spīķeri". Concerts will be held at the Spīķeri Concert Hall all day, from noon to the late hours of night. On the day, music from such famous composers as Franz Schubert and Franz Liszt will be played, as well as the closing concert from Latvian saxophonist Nick Gotham and the group "Riga Libre".
On the other hand, the festival’s closing concert called "Symphonies by Haydn and epiphany from Vasks" will be held on October 7 at the Great Guild Hall in Riga.