Southern Kurzeme Festival RIMBENIEKS / Closing Concert

20/08/2021    20:00
Liepāja St.Joseph's Cathedral

Viktorija Pakalniece / soprano
Sniedze Kaņepe / mezzo-soprano
Rafal Bartminski/ tenor
Rihards Mačanovskis / baritone

Māris Sirmais / conductor
State Academic Choir LATVIJA
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra

Wojciech Kilar – Orawa for string orchestra
Wojciech Kilar – Missa pro pace 

The center of the closing concert of the Southern Kurzeme Festival RIMBENIEKS will be the work of Wojciech Kilar, Polish composer of 20th century classical music and film scores. Many of those who have never heard the composer’s name are familiar with his music through famous and awarded film scores, however, this will be a rare opportunity to hear Kilar’s concert music outside of his native land. The extensive Missa pro pace, or Mass for Peace, was written in 2000 and leads the listener from darkness into light with its emotionally saturated sound. It will be performed by an outstanding ensemble of international soloists, the State Academic Choir Latvija and the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, led by charismatic conductor Māris Sirmais.

In collaboration with the 24th International Festival of Sacred Music.

The new Southern Kurzeme festival bears the name of Evalds Rimbenieks. This man, whose fate not only brought him from a farm in Gramzda, Priekule municipality, to Aizpute and Liepāja, but also made him perform minister duties with Kārlis Ulmanis’ government, was the mayor of Liepāja for many years. Nearly 100 years ago, he was also the founder of the Liepāja Opera, the People’s Conservatory, and the Art School, as well as the restorer of the Liepāja Philharmonic.
The festival invites on a journey around Southern Kurzeme to reveal its cultural and historical heritage, the beauty of its nature and the hospitality of its people while meeting at summer concerts and enjoying passionate performances by musicians of Liepāja. Evalds Rimbenieks’ dream of a developed and highly cultured society is still alive, and it will be promoted by Southern Kurzeme Festival RIMBENIEKS.

Supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia

ATTENTION: Concerts are planned with eased safety measures in mind, which means only hosting attendees who are vaccinated against or have recovered from Covid-19 and can confirm it with a valid Covid-19 certificate. More information on the website of the Culture of Ministry and

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