The unique amber sound of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
From 30 to 31 March at Concert Hall "GREAT AMBER" the Liepāja International Stars Festival will celebrate its anniversary season with an impressive programme comprising a numbers of concerts and featuring several soloists ‒ 5 concerts from Baroque to Jazz, 3 orchestras, and many stars. For the first time along with Liepāja Symphony Orchestra other orchestras will participate in the Festival - the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra and Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra. Jazz will also be returning to the festival this year.
The 25th International Liepāja Stars Festival will commence on 3 March at 7 p.m. with a magnificent concert by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra conducted by Atvars Lakstīgala and featuring 8 soloists. The festival will be opened by Iveta Apkalna, one of the top European solo organists who just participated at Elbphilharmonie Opening Concert in Hamburg. She will play Samuel Barber's Toccata Festiva. The concert will continue with Pēteris Vasks' Flute Concerto starring Dita Krenberga, Artūrs Maskats' Liepāja concerto No.12 for Piano and Orchestra with Reinis Zariņš at the piano (world premiere) and Pēteris Plakidis' “Interplay” performed by Artūrs Šults (French horn), Egils Upatnieks (oboe), Guntis Kuzma (clarinet), Anete Toča and Miks Vilsons (flute).
The concert on 11 March in the Big Hall of the "GREAT AMBER" at 6. p.m. will be a treat to jazz music lovers, offering an opportunity to enjoy the original programme of Kekko Fornarelli Jazz Trio, the incredibly successful Italian contemporary jazz musicians.
On 16 March at 7 p.m. Liepāja International Stars Festival will host a concert of Klaipeda Chamber Orchestra conducted by Mindaugas Bačkus. The orchestra will play a special Baroque programme featuring the Baroque violin master Dmitry Sinkovsky from Russia, who often surprises his audience by singing in countertenor voice or by beginning to conduct the orchestra.
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra concert on 24 March at 7 p.m. is going to feature there grand masters of performance ‒ Russian violinist Sergei Dogadin, Maxim Rysanov from Russia who has established himself as one of the world's most vibrant and charismatic violist, and the outstanding Lithuanian cellist David Geringas. The latter two are also excellent conductors ‒ in this programme “Tutti i virtuosi” they will take turns in conducting the orchestra as well as playing the solo parts in music by Mozart, Brahms and Schnittke.
The Liepāja International Stars Festival gala concert on 31 March will feature Latvian National Symphony Orchestra under its principal conductor Andris Poga. The special guest of the concert will be Dmitry Masleev, pianist from Siberia, the most recent First Prize winner of the International Tchaikovsky competition, who will play the solo of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 24. This is going to be his first guest performance in Latvia. The concert will close with Dmitry Shostakovich's Symphony No. 12, which is rarely performed even in Russia, not to mention the world.
Tickets to the 25th Liepāja International Stars Festival can be purchased at all Box Offices of "Biļešu paradīze” and at www.bilesuparadize.lv.