The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
On 22 September at 7 p.m. at Liepāja Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” the concert “Lūsēns and Subramaniam. A Tribute to Latvia” will feature the first symphony by Jānis Lūsēns ‒ “Romantic Symphony”, played by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra (LSO) under conductor Kaspars Ādamsons.
Mid-September will see the fourth premiere of a symphony from the Centenary Cycle, commissioned by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and following the premieres of symphonies by Rihards Dubra, Imants Kalniņš and Andris Vecumnieks. “Liepāja Symphony Orchestra’s request to write this symphony was a big challenge and temptation for me,” says the composer about the creation of his first symphony. “In the beginning I listened to a lot of music and followed the global contemporary music news but there was nothing that pleased me. I am not a fan of contemporary symphonic music. Almost 80 % of the projects are short-term ones. It does not take great skills to apply various orchestral techniques and to surprise with something. I have often heard attempts to get the message across with decent composition techniques that result in failure. This is why I found no sense in composing something just for the sake of composing. It was of no interest to me, until all of a sudden it dawned on me ‒ if the request comes from Liepāja, it has to be about Liepāja. All of it is related to the beginnings of my musical experience acquired at Liepāja Music School, when I was a teenager. This is where I learned about music and where my musical career started. I wanted to reflect my feelings of that period ‒ the band Little Minuet, performing Imants Kalniņš’ music with Šipkēvics at the guitar; my passion for organ music, Bach’s music, impressionism and expressionism, French music. I wanted to render the intonations of those days; the music is mostly associative not direct.”
Liepāja born Jānis Lūsēns is the founder of the ensemble “Zodiac” and a well-known composer. Most of his compositions are theatre musicals, rock-operas, operas for children. The ones that have been most successful are the rock-opera “Sphinx”, showed 86 times at the National Theatre, and “Kaupēns, my love” which has been included in the Latvian Cultural Canon. He has also been a music director at the Liepāja Theatre. However, it is songs that constitute the main part of Jānis Lūsēns’ compositions. He has written solo songs, songs for choirs and ensembles, as well as vocal symphonic works: Cantata LIIV, Magnificat, choral symphony “In Deep Breath”. Lūsēns' contribution to Latvian Music has been noted and highly appraised. He has received the Latvian Theatre Award as the best composer (for the music for “Santa Krusa” in 1996; for rock-opera “Kaupēns, my love” in 1999), the Great Music Award (for theatre music and contribution to the theatre music genre in 2000), and the Eternity Prize of the Copyright and Communication Consulting Agency of Latvia in 2003 and 2014.
The concert will feature the Indian violin virtuoso and composer Dr. L. Subramaniam and the premiere of his “Latvian Symphony”, as well as his concerto for violin and orchestra “Isabel” and symphony “Bharath”.
Tickets for LSO concerts can be purchased at all box-offices of “Biļešu paradīze” and at www.bilesuparadize.lv.
The concerted is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the Cultural Capital Foundation and Lakshminarayana Global Music Festival.