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

LIEPĀJA INTERNATIONAL STARS FESTIVAL

LIEPĀJA INTERNATIONAL STARS FESTIVAL will be held for the twenty-eighth year in a row. Once as the International Piano Stars Festival it was started in 1993 by former artistic director of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra – Imants Resnis. There have been more than 170 pianists participating from all of the world − Europe, Asia, North and South America, Australia. We have had the privilege of seeing such high class artists as Julian Joseph, Mikhail Voskresensky, Freddy Kempf, Noriko Ogawa, Robert Mitchell, Christina Ortiz, Dmitrij Bashkirov, Stanislav Igolinsky, Brigitte Engerer, Lazar Berman, Rolando Luna, Chano Dominguez, Eldar Djangirov and many more.

During the closure of the 23rd International Piano Stars Festival Uldis Lipskis, Board member of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra pointed out that the festival will have its rebirth in the coming year, acquiring a broader scope and featuring not only pianists but also outstanding singers and virtuosos of other instruments to attract even greater audiences. Therefore this is no longer the International Piano Stars Festival, but the Liepāja International Stars Festival.

The Festivals' successful cooperation with the foreign soloists and conductors makes the world aware of Latvian culture and ensures residents of Latvia and not only with a high quality live performances.

28. LIEPĀJA INTERNATIONAL STARS FESTIVAL  7. – 14.03.2020
Concert hall Great Amber, Liepāja

It is for the 28th time that Liepāja International Stars Festival will present to the audience unforgettable moments of classical, jazz, modern and vocal music in interpretation of outstanding musicians. In five concerts given in the Great Hall of “GREAT AMBER” and in the Jurgelaitis Chamber Hall, it will feature renowned conductors Gintaras Rinkevicius, Andris Veismanis, and Atvars Lakstīgala, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and Latvian Radio Big Band, singers Maija Kovaļevska and Maria Mendes, virtuosos Michael Pipoquinha un Karel Dohnal, pianists Armands Ābols and Wilhem Latchoumia, a premiere of Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Concerto for Saxophone with Oskars Petrauskis as soloist, the Riga Chamber Choir AVE SOL male group, and Orests Silabriedis.

Info about the Festival in Lithuanian language:
28-asis LIEPOJOS TARPTAUTINIS ŽVAIGŽDŽIŲ FESTIVALIS


MARCH 7 | SATURDAY | 18.00
Concert Hall GREAT AMBER | Great Hall 

28. LIEPĀJA INTERNATIONAL STARS FESTIVAL
OPENING CONCERT

Wilhem LATCHOUMIA / piano
Oskars PETRAUSKIS / saxophone

Gintaras RINKEVICIUS/ conductor
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra


Nikolay RIMSKY-KORSAKOV – Capriccio Espagnol, op. 34
Maurice RAVEL – Piano Concerto in G major
Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY – Italian Capriccio, op. 45
Ēriks ESENVALDS – Visions of Arctic: Sea (world premiere)

 


MARCH 8 | SUNDAY | 18.00
Concert Hall GREAT AMBER | Great Hall 

28. LIEPĀJA INTERNATIONAL STARS FESTIVAL
MARIA MENDES & MICHAEL PIPOQUINHA

Maria MENDES / vocal
Michael PIPOQUINHA / bass guitar

Latvian Radio Big Band

In the concert you will hear Brazilian music in Portuguese, Brazilian classic, Maria and Michael’s duet, as well as Tribute to Jaco programme (a tribute to the legendary Jaco Pastorius) performed by Michael and the Latvian Radio Big Band.

 


MARCH 12 | THURSDAY | 19.00
Concert Hall GREAT AMBER | Chamberhall

28. LIEPĀJA INTERNATIONAL STARS FESTIVAL
HARLEKIN

Karel DOHNAL / clarinet

Karlheinz STOCKHAUSEN - Harlekin for clarinet solo

 


MARCH 13 | FRIDAY | 19.00
Concert Hall GREAT AMBER | Chamberhall

28. LIEPĀJA INTERNATIONAL STARS FESTIVAL
MAIJA KOVAĻEVSKA. SONGS AND NOCTURNES

Maija KOVAĻEVSKA / soprano
Armands ĀBOLS / piano
Māris KUPČŠ / guitar

Andris VEISMANIS/ conductor
The Rīga Chamber Choir AVE SOL male group

Orests SILABRIEDIS / conferancier

Jānis MEDIŅŠ, Lūcija GARŪTA, Franz SCHUBERT, Frederic CHOPIN, Robert SCHUMANN

 


MARCH 14 | SATURDAY | 18.00
Concert Hall GREAT AMBER | Great Hall 

28. LIEPĀJA INTERNATIONAL STARS FESTIVAL
CLOSING CONCERT

Maija KOVAĻEVSKA / soprano
Armands ĀBOLS / piano

Atvars LAKSTĪGALA / conductor
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra


Ludwig van BEETHOVEN, Giuseppe VERDI, Giacomo PUCCINI, Georges BIZET

 

Tickets for the concerts of the 27th LIEPĀJA INTERNATIONAL STARS FESTIVAL may be purchased at all the “Biļešu paradīze” trade spots and in internet –  www.bilesuparadize.lv