The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
In March 2019, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will host the Liepāja International Star Festival for the 27th time, featuring such guest artists as cellist Mischa Maisky, pianist Vestards Šimkus, the chamber orchestra “Sinfonietta Rīga”, and the choir “Latvija”.
This time, the program of the festival has become more compact – five concerts are planned to take place at the concert hall “Great Amber” over the course of a week, and two of them will take place in the chamber hall. On Saturday, 9 March, the festival will be opened in the Great Hall by the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and the Rīga-born Israeli cellist Mischa Maisky. We will hear them perform Ottorino Respighi’s “Adagio with Variations for Cello and Orchestra” and Peter Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra, and the second part of the concert will be crested by Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 1. On Sunday, 10 March, a jazz night is planned at the Dzintars Jurgelaitis Hall – the Danish trio “3X Hess” will introduce us to the best jazz music traditions of their country.
On Thursday, 14 March, the Great Hall will be visited by the chamber orchestra “Sinfonietta Rīga” and its head conductor Normunds Šnē. The program will include Richard Strauss’ Study for 23 Strings “Metamorphosen”, Ruta Paidere’s chamber symphony “And Nothing More”, as well as Sebastian Fagerlund’s Clarinet Concerto, the interpretation of which will feature the solo artist Guntis Kuzma.
On Friday, 15 March, pianist Vestards Šimkus will perform at the Dzintars Jurgelaitis Hall with a solo concert, and, in his program, he has included both nine chorale preludes of Johann Sebastian Bach, transcribed for the piano by Ferruccio Busoni, and his own composition “Dreamscapes. Nine Etudes for Piano”.
The festival will close on Saturday, 16 March, with a large concert, where, the Liepāja Symphony orchestra led by the Estonian conductor Risto Joost will perform in company with the State Academic Choir “Latvija” and solo performers – Rihards Mačanovskis (bass-baritone), Tuuri Dede (mezzo-soprano, Estonia) and Mark Wilde (tenor, Scotland). Performed by these artists, we will hear the monumental opus of the English composer Edward Elgar – the oratorio “The Dream of Gerontius”, which is based on John Henry Newman’s poem about the journey of a man’s soul at the moment of death.