The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
From now on tickets are available to Liepāja Symphony Orchestra 137th season opening concert taking place on 16 September at 6 p.m. at Liepāja Concert Hall "GREAT AMBER". This will be the first concert featuring Gintaras Rinkevičius, the outstanding and experienced Lithuanian maestro, in the status of the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra.
Gintaras Rinkevičius, the prominent and internationally acclaimed Lithuanian conductor, professor of Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre, founder, Principal Conductor and Artistic Director of Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra (1988), is well known in Latvia.
He is a laureate of numerous international competitions including Herbert von Karajan Competition. Since 2007, Gintaras Rinkevičius has been the Principal Conductor and Artistic Director with Novosibirsk Academic Symphony Orchestra. From 1996 to 2003, he was the Principal Conductor of Latvian National Opera and from 2007 to 2009 ‒ its Principal Guest Conductor. He received the Latvian Great Music Award twice (in 1997 and 2000) and was awarded the Latvian Order of Three Stars.
Gintaras Rinkevičius will open his first season with Liepāja Symphony Orchestra with one of the most famous vocal and instrumental opuses of all times ‒ "Carmina Burana" or "Songs of Beuern" by Carl Orff. In the beginning of the 19th century a collection of poems in Latin and Middle High German written in the 11th and 12th century was discovered in a Benedictine Monastery. The poems reflect the scenes from Hanseatic everyday life, morals, eating habits and turn of seasons. In Orff's cantata the texts acquire a new meaning ‒ in "Carmina Burana" as well as in ancient texts love songs are followed by poems of earthly medieval humour, elated hymn-like phrases - by scenes of gambling and feast, and patriotic emotions - by erotic joy.
The concert will feature the State Academic Choir Latvija, Boys Choir of Emilis Melngailis Liepāja Secondary Music School and soloists Ērika Elofa (soprano), Andris Lapiņš (tenor) and Šarls Raiss (baritone).
Tickets to LSO concerts can be purchased in all Box Offices of "Biļešu paradīze" and at www.bilesuparadize.lv. LSO receives the support from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, Latvian Cultural Capital Foundation and Latvenergo.