The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
From 27 September to 6 October, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and its art director and chief conductor Gintaras Rinkevicius will go on a concert tour to India and Sri Lanka. The concert tour is an event in the international programme of Latvia’s Centenary to promote Latvia and India’s cooperation in economics, education and culture.
The concerts are organised in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in India and the renowned violinist and composer Lakshminarayana Subramaniam (Dr L. Subramaniam) and The Subramaniam Foundation. The cooperation began in 2015, when LSO and Dr L. Subramaniam performed concerts in India. The concert of Delhi on 10 June 2015 is particularly noteworthy, because it welcomed Latvia’s presidency in the Council of the European Union. However, last September the Indian violin icon visited Latvia, and he not only performed together with LSO in Liepāja, but also devoted a Symphony of Celebration to Latvia’s Centenary.
“Since 2015 when the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia was opened in Delhi, our cooperation with India has evolved more rapidly, and it manifests itself in a broad field of cooperation – economics, education and culture. Latvia has had an age-old interest in Indian culture, which undoubtedly was influenced by the similarities in our languages. It is important for Latvia to introduce its culture to India as well, which directly helps in shaping mutual contact and is a solid foundation for strengthening our countries’ relations” says Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia.
Concerts taking place on 29 September in Chowdiah Memorial Hall in Bangalore, India, 2 October in Nelum Pokuna Auditorium in Colombo, Sri Lanka and 5 October in Siri Fort Auditorium in Delhi, India, will be open to visitors free of charge. The programme is made to be of interest to everyone – compositions of Dr L. Subramaniam will be played, Europe’s values will be represented by Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony as well as the most outstanding example of Latvian symphonic music – Melancholic waltz by Emīls Dārziņš.
“Concerts by LSO and Indian musicians in India and Sri Lanka will, without a doubt, not only be remarkable events in relation to celebrating Latvia’s Centenary, but they will also leave a lasting impression on the cooperation of both countries and will contribute to Latvia’s recognition in India and the region,” states the Latvian Ambassador to India, Aivars Groza, “Ever since the embassy was opened in 2014, relations between Latvia and India have been growing steadily. Latvia has become a country that many a student from India chooses as their place of study. The cooperation project, within which the Freeport of Riga provides shipping services to India for exporting their country’s agricultural and other products to Europe, is developing rapidly. The official visit of the Latvian Prime Minister to India and Chairman of the Indian Parliament Sumitra Mahajan’s visit to Latvia in June of this year can be acknowledged as milestones in shaping the relations of both countries. Considering India’s increasing role in global political and economic processes, it is important to maintain active dialogue with the largest democracy in the world, including contributions related to culture.”