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

Liepāja Summer at Rundāle Palace / Music Festival

Music Festival LIEPĀJA SUMMER, annualy organised by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, is the spiritual heir and continuation of the legendary summer symphony music cycle LIEPĀJA SUMMER, in 1783 iniciated by Peter von Biron, the Duke of Kurland. Many decades residents of Liepāja city and their families have been able to enjoy the symphony music concerts on the open air stage in the seaside park. In the last few years the festival was participated by such artists as Giora Feidman, Gidon Kremer and „Kremerata Baltica”, Avi Avital, Tokiko Kato, Maija Kovaļevska and others.

Since 2018, the Liepāja Summer festival with several concerts during all day also takes place in Rundāle Palace, now traditionally ending with a beautiful night concert in the charming palace baroque garden.

Music festival LIEPĀJA SUMMER AT RUNDĀLE PALACE
August 7 from 13:00 – 00.00

The dreamlike ease of Rundāle Palace White Hall and the magic atmosphere at the Green Theatre, exciting tales for the little ones, elegant chamber music for grown-ups, wise conversations about the portrayal of death and resurrection in art, solo by Kristine Balanas and Ints Dālderis in a musical programme of the 18th/19th century under the baton of Guntis Kuzma. And, above all, the warm magic of a summer night, smell of roses, and Bach’s music from the palace’s balcony.

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MUSICAL TALES IN THE GREEN THEATRE
1 PM

Liepāja Theatre actress Karīna Tatarinova and musicians of the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra—hornist Ings Novicāns and percussionist Marta Kauliņa—invite the little listeners of preschool and elementary school age to participate in telling and singing fairy-tales. Accompanied by the music of Georgs Pelēcis, Oleksiy Demchenko, Raimonds Petrauskis and Oskars Petrauskis, children will listen to stories about a circus lion Boniface who travelled across the ocean to meet his grandmother, about a little racoon who is learning to be brave, and about the beautiful beanstalk that grows into the sky. All who come will hear the varied sounds of a French horn, marimba, vibraphone, and percussions. And all these instruments will be there, really, really close to you!

The concert staging includes performances that were part of the CD “Little Music Tales” produced by the actress Karīna Tatarinova and published by “Upe tt”. The CD was awarded the Golden Microphone “Best Children’s Music Album of the Year”.

Marta Kauliņa / percussions
Ingus Novicāns / French horn
Karīna Tatarinova / story teller

Tickets: 10 EUR (The ticket price includes a visit to the French Garden, for children 2 EUR discount)

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CHAMBER MUSIC IN THE WHITE HALL
3 PM

Musicians of the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra have formed a string quintet to put their youthful energy into a breezy, bright and colourful programme. In this concert, the lucid Melancholy Waltz by Emīls Dārziņš and the passionate fandango by Luigi Boccherini are mixed with lyric and buoyancy compositions, like Edward Elgar’s “Love’s Greeting”, Edvard Grieg’s “From Holberg’s Time”, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s divertimento or music for good mood.

Liepaja String Quintet:
Annija Endija Kolerta / violin
Līva Tomiņa / violin
Katrīna Anna Pelnēna / viola
Dina Puķīte / cello
Guntis Kolerts / contra bass

Tickets: 15 EUR

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Concert-conversation DEATH AND RESURRECTION IN ART
5 PM

The musical conversation lead by the musicologist Orests Silabriedis will bring together a writer and the Secretary General of the Council of the Creative Unions of Latvia, Haralds Matulis and the philosopher and researcher of the ancient culture Harijs Tumans. Under the magnifying glass: death, resurrection and rebirth, phoenix and Osiris, and other myths and legends from Orpheus and the Christ until Presley and McCartney.

The conversation will be brightened by the solo of percussionist Edgars Vaivods from the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra.

Orests Silabriedis / music viewer
Harijs Tumans / doctor of history, professor
Haralds Matulis / writer, publicist, translator
Edgars Vaivods / percussions

Tickets: 15 EUR (The ticket price includes a visit to the French Garden)

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KRISTĪNE BALANAS AND LIEPĀJA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
8 PM

While Johann Sebastian Bach is, without any doubt, the absolute genius of the rich and talented Bach family, also several sons of the great master deserve special attention. The programme of the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and the conductor Guntis Kuzma includes music by two of Bach’s sons. One is the promulgator of the ideas of Sturm und Drang movement, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and the other is Johann Christian Bach, who had great impression on the growth of the young Mozart. The world-known Latvian violinist Kristine Balanas will perform solo in Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 5, but the bright clarinettist Ints Dālderis will shine in the Clarinet Concerto No. 2 by the star of the early Romanticism, Carl Maria von Weber.

Kristīne Balanas / violin
Ints Dālderis / clarinet
Guntis Kuzma / conductor
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra

Program:
Johann Christian BACH – Symphony No.4 in D major Op.18
Carl Maria von WEBER – Clarinet Concerto no. 2 E flat major op. 74
Carl Philipp Emanuel BACH – Symphony in E minor (H. 653),
Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART – Violin Concerto No. 5 in A major 

Tickets: 25 EUR

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CONCERT AT NIGHT IN THE GARDEN
10 PM

Magically lit garden of Rundāle Palace and the 18th century’s chefs-d’oeuvre from the balcony. Kristine Balanasa will perform the Bach’s legendary chaconne for solo violin, the flautist Egija Sproģe has chosen the phantasies by the Hamburg’s master Telemann, but the celloist Krišjānis Gaiķis will join the Bach’s Cello Suite No. 3. The summer night, smell of roses, and the baroque sound of an instrument alone. Sounds like an unforgettable experience!

Egija Sproģe / flute
Krišjānis Gaiķis / cello
Kristīne Balanas / violin

Tickets: 15 EUR (The ticket price includes a visit to the French Garden)

All day ticket: 49 EUR (The ticket price includes a visit to the French Garden)

Attention: The festival is organised in strict conformity with safety measures under which only visitors with a valid Covid-19 certificate (vaccinated against Covid-19, tested for the virus and received negative test result, or recovered from Covid-19) and children until 12 years of age without a certificate may attend. More information is available on the website of the Ministry of Culture: https://www.km.gov.lv/lv/jaunumi un www.covid19sertifikats.lv.

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