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

The Stars festival expands its scope

Liepāja International Stars Festival which took over the tradition of Piano Stars Festival, is expanding its scopein 2016 by offering seven varied music nights at the Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER”  from 5 −13 March.

Already during the closure of the 23rd International Piano Stars Festival Uldis Lipskis, Board member of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra pointed out that the festival will have its rebirth in the coming year, acquiring a broader scope and featuring not only pianists but also outstanding singers and virtuosos of other instruments to attract even greater audiences. The International Piano Stars Festival will grow into Liepāja International Stars Festival.

“The Piano Stars Festival could be compared to a river with the piano music in its every expression as the main stream. Now the river will flow into the sea of symphonic music. We wish our choirs to be perceived as stars. Choirs in Latvia are perceived as common, whereas the level of their performances abroad is praised as exceptionally high. A conductor, a singer or a soloist playing an instrument can be a star. Besides, if previously we could not include symphonies in the programme, the new format will have no limitations of that kind any more. The audiences will be offered much wider and richer programme, the festival will continue the tradition and enter a new phase. It is wonderful that Liepāja has acquired new concert pianos – it solves the problem which we have been fighting for many years,” tells Uldis Lipskis.

In order to emphasize the continuation of traditions the piano will keep the leading position. In 2016 the festival will feature pianists from Germany, Israel, Palestine and India. There will be evenings of chamber music, concerts of choir music – a new feature of the festival, and the solo stars of the festival gala concert will be the virtuosos of French horn and violin.

At the opening concert of Liepāja 24th International Stars Festival on Saturday, 5 Marchin the Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Matthiass Manasi (Germany) who will also be playing the piano. The concert will feature piano duo "DUO AMAL" – Yaron Kohlberg (Israel) and Bishara Haroni (Palestine) as well.

On Sunday, 6 March in the Chamber Music Hall of “GREAT AMBER” piano duo "DUO AMAL" will perform in the concert “Solo for Piano Four-Hands”. On Tuesday, 8 March in the Chamber Hall there will be a performance by “Spīķeru kvartets” followed on the next day by the"Carion Quintet" concert. On Friday, 11 March in the Great Hall of “GREAT AMBER” the audience will be offered a concert “Fascinating Voices”, featuring Latvian Radio Choir conducted by Sigvards Kļava.

On Saturday, 12 March in the Great Hall of “GREAT AMBER” theLiepāja Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by the well-known guest conductor Lutz Koehler (Germany). The soloist in this concert will be Sheila Arnold (piano, India/Germany). The closing concert on Sunday, 13 March will feature Liepāja Symphony Orchestra conducted by its artistic director AtvarsLakstīgala, violinist Elīna Bukša and French horn player Christoph Eß (Germany).