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

Music by Kalniņš, Lācis and Tchaikovsky

On 2 April at 7 pm in Liepāja Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” Liepāja Symphony Orchestra conducted by Atvars Lakstīgala will perform music by Imants Kalniņš, Kārlis Lācis and Peter Tchaikovsky. The concert will also feature soloists Pēteris Endzelis (oboe) and Miks Vilsons (flute).

The programme of the first half of the concert includes the 3rd movement “Ball in the Palace” from Symphony No.6 by Imants Kalniņš, written in 2001 and inspired by Rabindranath Tagore’s poetry. The composer dedicated the Symphony to his wife Agra.

The first half will also feature Kārlis Lācis’ Liepāja Concerto No.10 for Flute, Oboe and Orchestra “42,195”. It was premiered on 30 August 2014 at Liepāja Open Air Stage “Pūt, vējiņi” in celebration of the Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” roof rafters completion. Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under conductor Atvars Lakstīgala will perform the concerto with oboist Pēteris Endzelis and flutist MiksVilsons.

“42,195 kilometresis the official marathon distance – it demandsdetermination, strength, spirit of competition and enormous patience from the runner. While running, the human being experiences the so called aerial phase, when both legs are off the ground. The feeling of flight is also amongst the most often mentioned after the completion of long distance runs – related to strong emotions of happiness and joy,” says the creator of the piece Kārlis Lācis.

After the premiere of the concerto musicologist Ilze Šarkovska-Liepiņa wrote in “Latvijas Avīze”:
“The Concerto demonstrates typical features of the composer’s music. It is stylistically eclectic, cinematographic andhas the imagery and chain of episodescharacteristic of theatre music.“42,195” is like music in the loop or a composition realizing the principle of perpetuum mobile. It throws the listeners into a range of emotions experienced during a run and into the process of changing episodes, repetition, scenes and emotions for visualisation, while maintaining the driving pulse. The essence of the concerto is in the spirit of competition expressed through parallel as well as contradictory movements of flute and oboe. It was only in the second movement that I paid attention to the performance of composer himself – the counterpoint of running, done by Kārlis Lācis on a treadmill, dressed in sportswear which added a theatrical nuance and turned out to be apt and essential.”

The second part of the concert will feature Peter Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4 written between 1877 and 1878. In Middle Europe it is sometimes called the symphony of fate (or "Fatum"). It was the first example of psychological drama in the history of Russian symphonic music. Peter Tchaikovsky dedicated it to his patroness Nadezhda von Meck, who very often provided him not only financial but also invaluable moral support. Tchaikovsky wrote to her about the symphony: “I may be mistaken, but I think that this symphony is excellent, it is the best I have ever written.”

Tickets to concert can be purchased in all Box Offices of “Biļešu paradīze” and online at

P.S. This concert takes place instead of the initially scheduled concert “Liepāja Concerts and the Centenary Symphony”. Tickets that have been purchased in advance can be returned at the Box Offices of “Biļešu paradīze” and will be refunded. The purchased tickets are also valid for this concert.