The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
The five concerts of the 28th Liepāja International Stars Festival, organised by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and held from 7 to 14 March in Liepāja Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER”, will feature internationally acclaimed musicians from Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Portugal, Lithuania and Latvia.
“For the 28th time the festival stars will shine in the concerts, treating the audience to unforgettable moments of classical, jazz, modern and vocal music in interpretation of outstanding musicians,” says Liepāja Symphony Orchestra manager Uldis Lipskis. “The festival programme will feature conductors Gintaras Rinkevicius and Atvars Lakstīgala, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and Latvian Radio Big Band, singers Maija Kovaļevska and Maria Mendes, virtuosos Michael Pipoquinha and Karel Dohnal, pianists Armands Ābols and Wilhem Latchoumia, as well as a premiere of Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra with soloist Oskars Petrauskis, the Riga Chamber Choir AVE SOL male group, and Orests Silabriedis.”
At the opening concert on 7 March, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under conductor Gintaras Rinkevicius will premiere Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Concerto “Visions of Arctic: Sea” the solo part of which was written for Oskars Petrauskis. The beautiful Piano Concerto by Maurice Ravel will be performed by the orchestra and French pianist Wilhem Lachoumia, known to Liepāja audience from the wonderful solo programme in “Liepāja Summer” festival 3 years ago. The concert programme will also include Capriccio Espagnol by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov and Capriccio Italien by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.
On 8 March, the festival will offer a concert of Latvian Radio Big Band, Portuguese diva and jazz vocalist Maria Mendes, and the talented Brazilian bass player Michael Pipoquinha. The concert programme contains Brazilian music in Portuguese, Brazilian classical music, Maria and Michael’s duo, as well as programme Tribute to Jaco dedicated to the legendary American bassist Jaco Pastorius, played by Michael and Latvian Radio Big Band.
On 12 March, the audience will hear the unique and extravagant Karlheinz Stockhausen’s “Harlequin” for clarinet solo. Czech clarinettist Karel Dohnal played this 45-minute piece – music, dance and improvisation – for the first time in 2011, in Czech Republic. Since then, he has toured the world with it.
On 13 March, the festival will present a chamber music night with renowned Latvian soprano Maija Kovaļevska, pianist Armands Ābols, and guitarist Māris Kupčs. They will perform songs and nocturnes by Jānis Mediņš, Lūcija Garūta, Franz Shubert, Frederic Chopin and Robert Schumann together with the Riga Chamber Choir AVE SOL male group conducted by Andris Veismanis. Conferencier Orests Silabriedis will make the concert even more interesting.
The festival will close on 14 March with a concert featuring Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under conductor Atvars Lakstīgala. The programme comprises Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in interpretation of Latvian pianist from Chile Armands Ābols, and arias from world famous operas by Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Puccini and George Bizet performed by famous Latvian opera diva Maija Kovaļevska.
Tickets to the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra concerts can be purchased in all Box-Offices of “Biļešu paradise” and at www.bilesuparadize.lv.