The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra offers wide and varied programme of “Liepāja Summer” festival between 1 July and 26 August in the Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” and in the Hick’s Hall of the lovely Promenade Hotel, inviting to experience eight wonderful summer nights and enjoy the greatness of symphonic music as well as the intimacy of the chamber music.
‘We wanted to cover as wide a range of epochs and genres as possible forall music loversto find in this festival something to their liking,” says the artistic manager and principal conductor of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra Atvars Lakstīgala, “This is one of Latvia’s oldest music festivals which we reinvented in 2010.” “Liepāja Summer” festival is the spiritual heir and continuation of the legendary summer concert series of symphonic music. For tens of years Liepāja’s inhabitants and guests of its health-resort were able to enjoy concerts of symphonic music at the open air stage of Liepāja Sea Park. It was in 1783 that Duke of Courland Peter von Biron initiated this tradition. The festival has already featured such famous performers as Giora Feidman, Gidon Kremer and “Kremerata Baltica”, Avi Avital, Tokiko Kato and many others.
This year the festival will be opened by the internationally renowned violin duo – musicians of Slavic descent residing in Germany, students of famous violin virtuoso Edward Grach – Evgenia Gelen from Uzbekistan and Egor Grechishnikov from Russia, who will perform with Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under Atvars Lakstīgala. The repertoire will consist of popular, jovial and summery music, comprising Spanish dance melodies, Argentinian tango rhythms, as well as music by Vivaldi and Paganini.
French Cultural Institute is supporting the recital of the French pianist Wilhem Latchoumia – a unique personality in music world. His original concert programmes, performed with enormous charisma,have won great acclaim. Theycomprise new music as well as classical music repertoire. A special chamber music programme preparedespecially for the occasion will be performed by internationally renowned musicians – Russian violinist Aleksey Lundin, Latvian violinist Eva Bindere, violist from Germany Erik Wenbo Hu, Latvian violist Artūrs Gailis and Latvian cellists Kristīne Blaumane, and Ivars Bezprozvanovs. The Hick’s Hall of the Promenade Hotel will host two chamber music concerts. An ambitious concert programme will be performed by the Latvian “Trio Like” - cellist Dace Zālīte, pianist Zane Volberga and percussionist Edgards Vaivods. Another programme of outstanding music by famous composers will be performed by the award-winning Liepāja String Quartet.
This year the festival will also feature Latvian pop star Intars Busulis who will perform with “Abonnement Orchestra” and Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, and sing well known and popular songs composed by Raimonds Pauls, Elena Vaeng and other composers with lyrics in Russian and Latvian languages.
One of the key events of “Liepāja Summer” festival will be the Kurzeme premiere of multimedia symphony “Nordic Light” by the world renowned Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds. Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and State Choir “Latvija” under the direction of MārisSirmais will conjure up the story about Northern lights that has been the subject of many tales and legends on Northern people, which will be supplemented witha documentary video and nature sounds recorded during the expedition. The festival will close with a concert given by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and Choir “Latvija” performing Mozart’s “Requiem” and Symphony No. 25. The performance of “Requiem” will feature an international team of soloists: Latvian soprano Margarita Vilsone, German mezzo-soprano Annika Schlicht, Hungarian tenor Gyula Rab and Mexicanbass-baritone Jorge A. Martinez.
More information about the festival concerts is available here.