Liepāja Summer

The LIEPĀJA SUMMER festival, annually organized by the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, is the spiritual heir and continuation of the legendary summer symphonic music cycle LIEPĀJA SUMMER. For decades, in Liepāja, on the open-air stage of seaside park, on warm summer days, Liepāja residents and health resort visitors with all their families would enjoy symphonic music concerts. Back in 1783, this initiative was started by then the Duke of Courland Peter von Biron. In recent years, such famous words as Giora Feidman, Gidon Kremer and Kremerata Baltica, Avi Avital, Tokiko Kato, Maija Kovaļevska, Wilhem Latchoumia and others have been heard at the festival.

Since 2018, the festival "Liepāja Summer" with several concerts throughout whole day has been taking place in Rundāle Palace, now traditionally ending with a beautiful night concert in the charming baroque garden of the castle.

 

The Festival LIEPĀJA SUMMER
July 2 / August 5 / Augusts 27, 2022
Liepāja Concert Garden "Pūt, vējiņi!"

Started in 1881, the tradition of giving symphony concerts has become an integral sign of cultural identity of Liepāja City. Powers have changed, the city itself has changed, the stages built for open-air concerts also change, however, enjoying music on summer evenings surrounded by the tender breath of the sea reverts to the spirit of our city's life over and over again.

In the 19th and 20th century Liepāja those were three months of intense summer concert life featuring guest artists from Rīga, Lithuania, Poland and Germany. In 20s/30s of the last century summer concert seasons gained enormous popularity and now were based mainly on local orchestra musicians, while in the second half of the 20th century summer symphonic seasons under the direction of Valdis Vikmanis from now on were held for many decades.

Commensurate to the great moment of revival of the Concert Garden “Pūt, vējiņi!”, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the three fundamental music traditions of Kurzeme Capital of Culture in three big concerts: the 100th anniversary of Liepāja Opera tradition celebrated with a concert conducted by Atvars Lakstīgala, a 140-year-long symphonic tradition celebrated with a concert programme featuring Vestards Šimkus and Guntis Kuzma, and the Liepāja rock music tradition rocking along with the legendary rock-band “Pērkons” for more than half a century already.

Commensurate to the great moment of revival of the Concert Garden “Pūt, vējiņi!”, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the three fundamental music traditions of Kurzeme Capital of Culture in three big concerts: the 100th anniversary of Liepāja Opera tradition celebrated with a concert conducted by Atvars Lakstīgala, a 140-year-long symphonic tradition celebrated with a concert programme featuring Vestards Šimkus and Guntis Kuzma, and the Liepāja rock music tradition rocking along with the legendary rock-band “Pērkons” for more than half a century already.

July 2 7PM
OPERA AND LIEPĀJA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

August 5 7PM
ŠIMKUS, GERSHWIN AND LIEPĀJA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

August 27 7PM
"PĒRKONS" ROCK-BAND AND LIEPĀJA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Tickets for the concerts of the Festival may be purchased at all the "Biļešu Paradīzes" trade spots and in internet –  www.bilesuparadize.lv.

This year the Festival LIEPĀJA SUMMER IN RUNDĀLE PALACE will take place on July 30. Information will follow.

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