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

Splendid soloists will close the festival

On 26 August at 7 pm in Concert Hall "GREAT AMBER" the monumental Mozart’s Requiem will be performed by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and State Choir "Latvija" under the baton of Atvars Lakstīgala. The performance will feature stellar team of soloists: soprano Margarita Vilsone, mezzo-soprano Annika Schlicht, tenor Gyula Rab and base baritone Jorge A. Martinez.

"I think Mozart's Requiem is the most often performed sacral music opus from the whole literature of music. I am in great awe of this work. It took me several weeks to understand whether I am ready for it. There are many good interpretations but even more bad ones. It is Mozart's last work and possibly the composer was aware of that; this makes performer’s responsibility even greater as it is not just beautiful music with traditional text in Latin; it is much more - something very personal, introvert, ungraspable," tells conductor Atvars Lakstīgala, adding: "It is a curious coincidence that Mozart wrote Requiem when he was 35. I will conduct it for the first time at the age of 35."

Mozart's Requiem will be performed by internationally renowned, outstanding musicians. Liepāja born Latvian soprano Margarita Vilsone studied in Bremen and Nurnberg. She perfected her mastery in numerous masterclasses with outstanding vocal teachers and presently sings at Latvian National Opera as well as Nürnberg State Theatre. German mezzo-soprano Annika Schlicht is an artist with the Deutsche Oper Berlin and is soon having a debut in the Opéra Bastille in Paris. Hungarian tenor Gyula Rab in the coming concert season will join the International Opera Studio of the Zurich Opera House. He is a graduate of Royal College of Music in London, has studied with Eva Martone in Budapest and with Justin Lavender in Birmingham. And last but not least, Mexican base baritone Jorge A. Martinez studied in Mexico, Cuba and Germany – he is a student of Montserrat Caballé and for several years has been an artist with Schleswig-Holstein Theatre.

"Liepāja Summer" festival closing concert by tradition is organised in collaboration with the International Sacred Music Festival. It will also feature Mozart's Symphony No. 25, written by the composer at the age of 17. The music from the first movement of Symphony No. 25 sounds in the beginning of the famous film "Amadeus", directed by Miloš Forman and produced in 1984.

"Liepāja Summer" festival, organised by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, will take place from 1 July to 26 August in Concert Hall "GREAT AMBER" and in the Hick's Hall of Promenade Hotel. It 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.