Liepāja Symphony Orchestra is a classical symphony collective that holds to the traditions of the grand European symphony.

Ešenvalds’ northern lights in concert series for children

On 16 February at Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, Egīls Šēfers and Ēriks Ešenvalds will continue the educational concert cycle for younger audiences at three concerts ‒ at 10 a.m. for pre-school age children, at 11.30 for school children and at 1 p.m. for secondary school pupils.

Egīls Šēfers will introduce the concert audience to the music of the outstanding and famous Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. “We will watch Ēriks Ešenvalds’ arctic visions,” says Egīls Šēfers. “This concert cycle will have a very emotional theme ‒ search for inspiration. Ēriks will tell about the last 4 years of his work, when he turned to northern arctic theme and joined the expedition in search of inspiration. His music is very associative, rendering various Nordic images to sound ‒ northern lights, journey in a dog sled, Nordic folk music reflections, nature, ice sounds. He masterfully uses various orchestral colours which we will try to identify. Musicians will have to play on glasses; there will be different clarinet effects and imitation of the sound of the wind.”

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under conductor Atvars Lakstīgala will play excerpts from Ešenvalds’ Liepāja Concerto No.4 “Visions of Arctic Light” for clarinet, orchestra and electronics. This opus is about the dark north - a major source of inspiration for the composer to later write the multimedia symphony “Nordic Light”. Through the description of picturesque nature processes the composer is seeking to solve the mystery of world existence.

The creation of this concerto was facilitated by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra by initiating the Liepāja Concert Cycle and commissioning music from various contemporary Latvian composers. Liepāja Concerto No. 4 was premiered in the Hall of Liepāja Latvian Society House by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under Atvars Lakstīgala with Ints Dālderis playing the clarinet solo.

This time the clarinet solo will be played by the concert presenter Egīls Šēfers: “Actually it is very challenging to play and to present the concert simultaneously. I have done it before at chamber music concerts ‒ it is a sweaty job. Of course I try not to show it and the audience does not feel it, but the concentration and changing hats from performing to narrating is quite complicated. There will be no time for taking breath so these 45 minutes are going to be exciting.”

The impressions and images will be intensified by video – Nordic lights and excerpts from documentaries on the composer's journey to the North.

Tickets to LSO concerts can be purchased in all Box Offices of “Biļešu paradīze” and at www.bilesuparadize.lv.

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Ešenvalds’ northern lights in concert series for children