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WOOD SYMPHONIES will feature brilliant wind instrumentalists

Saturday, October 13, at 19.00 in Liepaja Concert Hall Lielais Dzintars/Great Amber together with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra under the baton of conductor Andris Vecumnieks will perform five outstanding woodwind instrumentalists - Paolo Taballione /flute, Austria, Italy/, Eva van Grinsven /saxophone, the Netherlands/, Gregor Witt /oboe, Germany/, Karel Dohnal /clarinet, the Czech Republic/ and Peeter Sarapuu /bassoon, Estonia/. Repertoire - Oboe Concerto and Bassoon Concerto (originally the Flute Concerto arr. by Peeter Sarapuu) by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, François Devienne’s Flute Concerto, Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto and Ballade for Alto Saxophone by Frank Martin.

Tickets EUR 5.00, students, schoolchildren and seniors – EUR 3.00, available at Bilesu Paradize ticket offices and online www.bilesuparadize.lv

Concert WOOD SYMPHONIES / KOKU SIMFONIJAS is the Closing concert of the 5th International Woodwind Symposium organized by Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music /JVLMA/. This year the symposium takes place from 8 to 13 October in Riga, JVLMA, and Liepaja. Every year prominent European woodwind players are invited to share their skills in the master classes with the young musicians, this year in Riga and Liepaja. All guest musicians are both outstanding soloists and teaching staff at various music academies in Europe.

Paolo Taballione is currently one of the most renowned flutists in Europe. As a soloist, Taballione performs in the most prestigious concert halls of the world with major orchestras such as the Bavarian State Philharmonic and Opera Orchestra, the Munich Bach Collegium, the Reino de Aragón, the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra under the direction of Zubin Mehta, the La Scala Opera Orchestra in Milan, Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra and many others.

With her broad palette of tone colours, her captivating stage presence and the tremendous joy she displays while playing, saxophonist Eva van Grinsven has won the hearts of both press and public time and time again in the last few years. Her busy and multifaceted performance practice often centres around chamber music, but Eva also performs as a solo artist and with various music companies, including the Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. But no matter what the musical setting or style may be, to Eva the story behind the notes always comes first. In 2017 Eva van Grinsven has been awarded the prestigious Echo Klassik for her CD Rendez-vous Russe.

Gregor Witt is oboe soloist of the Staatskapelle Berlin and a sought for soloist and chamber musician in Europe, Asia and America. Witt is professor at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock, and gives Master Classes at the Juillard School of Music in New York and schools in Spain, Finland, and Poland. Witt conducts the Mecklenburgische Bläserakademie, a cooperation between the Staatskapelle Berlin and Hochschule für Musik und Theater Rostock.

A tireless and enthusiastic promoter of clarinet as of a solo instrument, and at the same time, one of the most respectful clarinettists today, Karel Dohnal, during his entire career has always challenged to perform in his concerts and studio recordings compositions of revealing dramaturgy and demonstrating the technical and expressive potential of clarinet. Karel Dohnal has played to audiences in many countries of Europe, Asia, North and South America, performing as in chamber recitals as well as under the accompaniment of prominent orchestras. Karel Dohnal has also enjoyed great acclaim with his unique performance of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Harlequin, where he as a harlequin in addition to his virtuosic playing the clarinet, demonstrates his comedic and acting talent. Karel Dohnal is one of few clarinettists in the world who performs this exceptionally difficult composition, which has received unsurpassed acclamation from critics as well as from the public. In 2017 Dohnal performed Harlequin in Latvia.

Bassoonist Peeter Sarapuu, a famous soloist, chamber musician, orchestra musician and teacher, since 2005, is the first bassoon of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. As a soloist he has performed with the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland and the Vaasa City Orchestra, collaborated with the Drotingholm Baroque Orchestra (Sweden), the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra (Finland), the Kuudennen Kerroksen Orchestra (Finland), the Opus X Ensemble (Finland), The Theatre of Voices "(USA)," Kesselberg Ensemble "(Switzerland / Latvia)," Melomania "(the Netherlands) and many other collectives, as well as many international festivals - the French biggest classical music festival "La Folle Journée", "Europamusicale", the Haidna Festival in Vienna, "Märzmusik", "Klangspuren" and many others.

Concert is organised by Jazeps Vitols Latvian Academy of Music and Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, and supported by State Culture Capital Fund, Lifelong Learning programme Erasmus+, Kontaktbüro Hochschulen Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and concert hall Lielais Dzintars / Great amber.

 More info - the Artistic director Guntis Kuzma, telephone +371 29 660 814, email guntis.kuzma@gmail.com

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WOOD SYMPHONIES will feature brilliant wind instrumentalists