Every year November-mid February time, Herman Braun Foundation organizes Winterfest, an International Opera Festival.
Festival concerts are characterized by the versatility of the genre and the legendary maestros, famous young soloists, chamber ensembles, choirs, period music ensembles, jazz vocal group and cross-over group participation.
Festival Winterfest does not have a defined orientation. Rather, it is a concert series devoted to Christmas (December), New Year and Orthodox Christmas (January) and Herman Braun Foundation’s current anniversary (February).
Festival concerts are diverse in terms of genre. Among the participants are legendary masters, brilliant young soloists, chamber ensembles, choirs, early music ensembles, jazz groups, and cross-over groups: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Kremerata Baltica, Dmitry Bashkirov, Gidon Kremer, Martha Argeriča, Muse Rubackīte , Eugene Samoilovs, Sivan Silver and Gil Garburgs, Petr Anderševskis, Dee Dee Bridgewater, mission, Anatoly Safiuļins, Irina Dolženko, Inga Kalna, Antra Bigaca, Daišins Kašimoto, Andres Mustonen, Ramon Jaffe, Ilze Urbane, Skride, Vestards Shimkus, Katona Twins, the Tokyo string Quartet, Gvarneri string Quartet, Julliard string Quartet, choir Latvia, Latvian Radio Choir, the BBC Singers, Early Music Academy Tatyana Grindenko management, villancicos, Terem-Quartet, Beni Schmid, Sexteto Canyengue, King Singers, Swingle Singers, Chanticleer Intars Busulis Brazz Brothers, Klazz Brothers & Cuba Percussion and others. Moscow Orthodox male choir Pravoslavnije Pevčije Riga concerts every winter.
Herman Braun Foundation, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio offering and Handel’s Messiah play, as well as unique Christmas charity concert each individual family Toy Symphony, the festival has established a new tradition in the city.