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Dzintars Jurgelaitis' 50th birthday

The musician who has made a major contribution to the musical lives of Liepāja and Latvia would have turned 50 on 3 April. On this day at the Chamber Music Hall (of Liepāja Concert Hall “Great Amber”), named after Dzintars Jurgelaitis, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra (LSO) will present a commemorative concert titled "DZINTARS JURGELAITIS ‒ 50". It will feature musicians of Liepāja and Helsinki symphony orchestras ‒ friends and students of the man who unexpectedly passed away 4 years ago.  

The concert will feature such musicians as Ints Dālderis (clarinet), Sweden-based Anrijs Ivanovskis (bassoon), Janne Pulkkinen - the principal bassoonist of Helsinki Opera Orchestra, Liepāja String Quartet, LSO musicians - Artis Zēns (bassoon), Mārtiņš Zālīte (oboe) and Jānis Ivuškāns (trumpet), as well as pianist Agnese Egliņa, and musicians from the orchestras of Riga – bassoonists Aivis Klibinskis, Normunds Zvejnieks, Reinis Burkins and Mārtiņš Grīnbergs. The diverse programme will include popular opuses by Mozart, Poulenc, Mendelssohn and many other composers, as well as the Latvian premiere of “Conversations with a Friend” for bassoon and electronics by Emīls Zilberts, performed by Anrijs Ivanovskis. It will be a unique concert with the greatest number of bassoonists ever performing on a single stage.

Bassoonist Dzintars Jurgelaitis was a very experienced music teacher, the principal of LSO woodwinds, and a teacher and orchestra manager of Emilis Melngailis Liepāja Music School. “He was a truly good person and great personality, radiating love for music. In all of his various spheres of activity he could raise the spirits and ignite the hearts – be it his study mates, chamber music partners, orchestra colleagues, students or the audience of adults, or children at the concerts presented by Dzintars all around Latvia,” tells Uldis Lipskis, LSO manager.

Dzintars Jurgelaitis was born on 3 April 1967. His professional career began at Jāzeps Mediņš Riga Music School. He obtained the Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Jāzeps Vītols Academy of Music. From 1991–1993 he studied at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, USA.

“Dzintars began playing bassoon unusually late – when he was 18, if I am not mistaken. And just after a year and a half he was playing in the Latvian Philharmonic Orchestra (!),” remembers Uldis Lipskis.

From 1984‒1996 Dzintars Jurgelaitis was a member of the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra (LNSO). From 1996 he tied his life with Liepāja, the LSO and its woodwind section. "Dzintars Jurgelaitis’ contribution to the development of symphony orchestras exceeded that of being an outstanding bassoonist with the National and Liepāja orchestras. It was under Dzintars being the principal of wind instrument group that Liepāja Symphony Orchestra acquired its perfection of sound. His talent was also recognized by other orchestras - he was regularly invited to perfect the ensemble mastery of the LNSO (in 2009 its principal conductor Karel Mark Chichon chose Dzintars to be his principal assistant), Latvian National Opera Orchestra and German Radio Saarbrucken-Kaiserslautern Philharmonic Orchestra," tells Uldis Lipskis. "I think that the Chamber Hall of the new Concert Hall has been justly named after Dzintars, since he constantly maintained the love for chamber music within LSO and at Melngailis School, and was relentlessly improving the quality of wind instruments group which greatly facilitated the rapid development of Liepāja Orchestra in the late 90s," adds clarinettist Ints Dālderis.

The Orchestra’s audience will remember Dzintars Jurgelaitis as an excellent narrator - he presented the concerts of "Liepāja Summer" festival and educational events for children and youth.

Entrance fee 5 EUR. Tickets to LSO concerts can be purchased in all Box Offices of "Biļešu paradīze" and at www.bilesuparadize.lv.

The concert is supported by the Liepāja Culture Department and Latvenergo.

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Dzintars Jurgelaitis' 50th birthday