The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.

The 28th Liepāja International Stars Festival / HARLEKIN

12/03/2020   19:00
Concert Hall GREAT AMBER, Chamber Hall, Liepāja

Karel DOHNAL / clarinet

Karlheinz STOCKHAUSEN - Harlekin for clarinet solo

The unique piece “Harlekin” by inventive modernist Karlheinz Stockhausen was composed 45 years ago for a single clarinettist to play the clarinet, dance and to take the role of a mime.

Czech clarinettist Karel Dohnal does it excellently – he magnificently depicts the classical image of harlekin, who is joyful, funny, obliging when necessary and at times smug. Dressed in a traditional harlequin costume rhombus, Dohnal plays clarinet, dances, bows, stretches, flirts with ladies in the audience, poses for an imagery photographer and convinces that anything is possible. “Karel Dohnal’s performance of Stockhausen’s ‘Harlekin’ was the most striking 45 minutes of my life,” writes Keith Bruce in Scottish newspaper The Herald.

Karl Dohnal is a musician with Prague National Opera Orchestra, Trio Amadeus, Prague PhilHarmonia Octet, and a Professor with Ostrava University; he is frequently invited to run masterclasses all over the world. Dohnal takes special interest in contemporary music and Stockhausen’s musical and dance masterpiece is well suited for the famous musician’s artistic abilities and excellent sense of humour. 

Prior to Stockhausen’s “Harlekin” the audience will be briefly acquainted with the character of performance and the classical commedia dell’arte.

Tickets are available here