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Stars Festival closes with virtuoso performance

On 13 March at 6 pm the 24th Liepāja International Stars Festival will close with a concert in Liepāja Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER”. The concert will feature Liepāja Symphony Orchestra conducted by Atvars Lakstīgala, the brilliant Latvian violinist Elīna Bukša and one of the leading French horn players from Germany Christoph Ess.

The concert programme will include the most popular piece of violin repertoire of all times − Max Bruch’s Violin Concerto No.1. The famous violinist of the 19th century Joseph Joachim said: “The Germans have four violin concertos. The greatest, most uncompromising is Beethoven’s. The one by Brahms vies with it in seriousness. The richest, the most seductive, was written by Max Bruch. But the most inward, the heart’s jewel, is Mendelssohn’s.” The violin solo will be performed by Elīna Bukša, one of Latvia's foremost up and coming violinists, holder of the Latvian Great Music Award anda laureate of the prestigious Windsor Festival International String Competition.The professional magazineThe Strad writesthat Elina’s performance“can conjure up a phantasy and narrate”and that it “demonstrates convincing technical skills and individuality.”

The audience will also hear Richard Strauss’ Horn Concerto No.2, composed during the climax of World War II exactly 60 years after the First Concerto. The solo part of the concert will be performed by one of the leading horn players of his generation, principle French horn of Bamberger Symphoniker Christopher Ess. “I am convinced that each Stars Festival should feature an outstanding wind instrument player. This year we are having one of the best French horn players of my generation in Europeand definitely so in Germany.Christoph Ess won the prestigious ARD International Music Competition in Germany. If you are the winner of such a competition in Europe, you are a top musician. Gunārs Upatnieks also has won this competition. Bamberger Symphoniker is among the elite orchestras and Christoph is one of the soloists of the orchestra – principal French horn. I am very much looking forward to his performance. I am sure our musicians will enjoy the experience, too,” says the artistic manager of the festival Atvars Lakstīgala.

The festival will close with exceptionallyenchanting music – the glamorous sounds of African-American and Indian music of Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No.9 “From the New World”. Last January, during our tour in India this music received standing ovation. “The last chord was not yet over when the audience was already on its feet,”remembers the principal conductor of the orchestra Atvars Lakstīgala.

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