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Atvars Lakstīgala's final concert as LSO Principal Conductor

On 28 April at 6 p.m. at Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will close its 136th concert season with a grand concert programme. It will be the final concert of Atvars Lakstīgala conducting LSO in the status of its Principal Conductor and Artistic Director.

Atvars Lakstīgala has gained valuable experience while working with LSO and is currently one of the most notable Latvian young generation conductors. He became the Principal Conductor of LSO in 2010 with an excellent debut performance, following a regular and successful collaboration with the orchestra since March 2008. Atvars Lakstīgala as Principal Conductor together with LSO has been nominated for and has received numerous awards, Latvian Great Music Award being amongst them. In 2011 he was awarded the title of the Citizen of the Year of Liepāja. Atvars Lakstīgala studied orchestra conducting at the Berlin University of the Arts with the world renowned professor Lutz Koehler and at Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music with Imants Resnis, long-time former LSO Principal Conductor and Artistic Director.

In 2009, Atvars Lakstīgala made a successful debut conducting the Latvian National Opera Orchestra which led to collaboration in numerous opera and ballet performances, some of them highly acclaimed, as well as in concerts. Alongside his work with LSO, Atvars Lakstīgala has conducted the famous Berliner Symphoniker orchestra, Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, Landesorchester Nordrhein Westfalen in Germany, Orchestra Sinfonica di Bari and Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma in Italy, Istanbul Milli Reasürans Chamber Orchestra and Yasar University Chamber Orchestra in Turkey, São Paulo State Symphony Orchestra in Brazil, and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. He was a Music Director of the ballet production of Sergey Prokofiev’s ballet “Cinderella” with Royal Scottish Ballet.

Atvars Lakstīgala comments the creative moments shared with LSO: “I conducted every concert with maximum energy. Concerts in Kuldīga or Aizkraukle have never been less important for me than concerts in Riga or Liepāja. Of course, there are concerts which have remained deeper in my memory, like performing Verdi’s Requiem, the opening concert of Concert Hall “Gors”, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, concerts in Mumbai and Delhi in India, as well as concerts in Greece, China, in neighbouring Lithuania and the memorable Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at the opening concert of the ‘GREAT AMBER’”.

The programme of LSO’s 136th season closing concert will offer Ludwig van Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, performed by highly acclaimed guest violinist Alexei Lundin, the Principal Violin of one of the leading orchestras – “The Virtuosos of Moscow”. Beethoven composed this extremely popular violin concerto for Franz Clement in 1806. Its first performance was unsuccessful and for some decades the work languished in obscurity, until revived in 1844 by Joseph Joachim, the most famous 19th century violinist who was only 12 at the time, and the Orchestra of London Philharmonic Society conducted by Felix Mendelssohn. Ever since, it has been one of the most important works of the violin concerto repertoire and is frequently performed and recorded today.

The audience will hear Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No.5, composed in 1902, with the popular Adagietto – the fourth movement of the symphony, possibly Mahler’s most famous composition, written as a love song to his wife Alma. Gustav Mahler wrote Symphony No. 5 at the time when his music started winning success.

LSO will begin its 137th concert season with a new principal conductor – Lithuanian Gintaras Rinkevičius, and will continue its collaboration with Atvars Lakstīgala, though less extensively.

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 Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Latvian Culture Capital Foundation and Latvenergo. 

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Atvars Lakstīgala's final concert as LSO Principal Conductor