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World premieres in Imants Kalniņš’ anniversary

To mark Imants Kalniņš’ 75th anniversary the LSO will give concerts in Liepāja, Cēsis and Rēzekne in the end of January. Three world premieres of compositions by the legendary Latvian composer will take place.

The composer’s anniversary year will start with the performance of his three long-awaited compositions – Liepāja Symphony Orchestra which has a long history of performing and recording Imants Kalniņš’ music, this time under the guidance of Māris Sirmais, will perform the Seventh Symphony, Symphonic Miniature “Santa Cruz” and Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra, where the oboe solo will be performed by Pēteris Endzelis − the principal oboe of the Chamber Orchestra “Sinfonietta Rīga” and Latvian National Opera and Ballet Orchestra.

The Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra and the Seventh Symphony are eagerly expected compositions. The composer is not willing to dwell on the idea of the symphony, because “to express the message of music in words is like attempting to describe the smell of a flower”. In 2015, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra started the Latvian Symphony Cycle which envisages commissioning, performing and recording of twelve symphonies by Latvian composers by 2021. The Second Symphony by Rihards Dubra was premiered in 2015. The next one is the Seventh Symphony by Kalniņš. Incidentally, it has been fifteen years since he composed his Sixth Symphony.

When asked why he chose to compose a concerto with a solo part for oboe, Imants Kalniņš admits that oboe has a special timbre: “It has mysterious oriental charm incomparable to any other wind instrument. Actually any classical music instrument is unique and incomparable. I wrote for oboe because my son Marts Kristians also plays this instrument.”    

The Miniature for string orchestra “Santa Cruz” was composed especially for these concerts. Its main theme was performed in the stage production of “Santa Cruz” by Max Frisch at the Latvian National Theatre in 2007. 

The concert in Cēsis will be broadcasted live on Latvijas Radio 3 “Klasika”.

Information about concerts:
“Forever Young” − 29 January at 7pmat Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER”, Liepāja. The concert is organised by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra;
“Imants Kalniņš. Anniversary Concert” – 30 January at 7pm at Vidzeme Concert Hall “Cēsis”, Cēsis. The concert is organized by Vidzeme Concert Hall “Cēsis”;
“Imants Kalniņš – Forever Young” – 31 January at 4pm at Latgale Concert Hall “Gors”, Rezekne. The concert is organized by “Austrumlatvijas koncertzāle” Ltd.