The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
On 3 July at 5 p. m. in the White Hall of Rundāle Palace “Liepāja Sounds at Rundāle Palace” concert series will offer a programme “Mozart. Boccherini. Prokofiev.” The concert will feature Liepāja Symphony Orchestra (LSO) under conductor Kaspars Ādamsons and soloist Ēriks Kiršfelds (cello).
“When selecting music for the concert programme, we studied the palace’s history and took into consideration the acoustics and atmosphere of the White Hall. The second half of the 18th century was a significant time at Rundāle Palace when the old palace was taken down, the new one was built and gardens were planted around it. This was the time when Ridolfo Luigi Boccherini and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart composed their charming music,” explains the choice of music conductor Kaspars Ādamsons. “It was decided to perform the Cello Concerto in G major by Boccherini, one of the well-known cellists of his time, who wrote it in 1770. This was the year when the construction works at the palace were completed and mirrors were placed in the White Hall.”
The cello part will be played by Ēriks Kiršfelds, the Principal Cello of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, a musician of “Spīķeri String Quartet”, a faculty member of Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and teacher at Jūrmala Secondary Music School. He has an active performance schedule as a soloist and a chamber musician. For many years he has been a soloist and principal cello of Kremerata Baltica. He studied cello performance at Emīls Dārziņš Secondary Music School with Dzidra Račevska and at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music with professors Māris Villerušs and Eleonora Testeļeca. He also honed his professional skills at the prestigious Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with Professor Arto Noras and graduated the Music Academy of Basel after studies with Ivan Monighetti. In 2009, he received the Latvian Great Music Award for Outstanding Ensemble Work.
“We have two pieces by his century’s great master Mozart ‒ Symphony No. 35 in D major, known as “Haffner Symphony”, and Serenade in G major or “Eine kleine Nachtmusik”. The concert will end with Sergey Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 in D major. Called “Classical” by the composer, the piece is an example of Neoclassical music and echoes Joseph Haydn’s and Mozart’s works,” Kaspars Ādamsons comments the programme.
“I have on many various occasions collaborated with Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, and these musical journeys have always been cordial and memorable. Ēriks Kiršfelds is an outstanding cello performance master who is equally talented as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra musician,” says the conductor about the coming collaboration.
Kaspars Ādamsons graduated from Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music and obtained a Master degree in Choir Conducting. He perfected his mastery with early music expert Professor Erik Van Nevel at Music College of Leuven University in Belgium. In 2011, he graduated from Estonian Academy of Music and Drama obtaining a Master degree in Orchestra Conducting, and in 2012 completed his studies at Royal Stockholm Music College where he perfected orchestra conducting skills with Professor Daniel Harding. Since 2014, Kaspars Ādamsons has been the Manager of the Symphony Orchestra of Riga Music Schools, the Choir Master of Latvian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, an Assistant Principal Conductor in Latvian National Opera for the productions of “Rienzi. Rise and Fall”, “Three encounters” and “Manon Lescaut”, as well as conducted operas “Birds’ Opera” and “The Immured”. Kaspars Ādamsons has collaborated with numerous orchestras in Latvia and abroad. In 2015, he was nominated for the Latvian Great Music Award as The Young Musician of the Year and received the Audience Award
Tickets to LSO concerts can be purchased at all Box Offices of „Biļešu paradīze” and at www.bilesuparadize.lv, as well as an hour before the concert at the concert venue.
The concert is supported by the Ministry of Culture of Latvia, Latvian Culture Capital Foundation and “Latvenergo”.