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

LSO begins the New Year in a jazzy mood

On 17 January at 7 p.m. in Liepāja Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under conductor Mārtinš Ozoliņš will perform music by Ravel, Gershwin and Rimsky-Korsakov. The concert will feature a special guest performer – Agnese Egliņa, one of the most demanded Latvian pianists.

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under conductor Mārtiņš Ozoliņš, principal conductor of Latvian National Opera Orchestra, will perform the sensual Spanish Rhapsody by Maurice Ravel and oriental and blissful Scheherazade by Rimsky-Korsakov. Agnese Egliņa will ignite the jazzy passion of the world renowned Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin.

“In a single night we will be able to experience virtual presence in Spain and America and the fragility and power of oriental culture,” says Mārtiņš Ozoliņš. “I have performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody a number of times, each time with a different soloist, who added new colours and messages to the performance. This time I am very much looking forward to the collaboration with Agnese Egliņa. Ravel’s Spanish Rhapsody is a serious challenge for the orchestra, and conducting two rhapsodies in a single night will be a new experience for me. Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade is especially close to my heart and I am looking forward to performing it in Liepāja Concert Hall, which has wonderful acoustics.”

George Gershwin, one of the most popular and demanded American composers, wrote Rhapsody in Blue in 1924. It brought the composer into the constellation of young talents and was the milestone in his successful and bright career development. Elements of classical and jazz music intertwine in a rapid, contrasting and vibrant swirl of themes.

After the premier of the Rhapsody, even the critics who sneered at jazz music reviewed their opinions. Gershwin had managed to do something unprecedented – he had integrated jazz and classical music in a single miraculous composition, and opened the doors of concert halls to jazz music. In ten years since Rhapsody in Blue has been composed, it has earned a quarter of million dollars merely from its performance, recordings and hire purchases.

Mārtiņš Ozoliņš is looking forward to collaboration with pianist Agnese Egliņa and Liepāja Symphony Orchestra: “Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue is one of my favourite opuses. It is joyful, vital and energetic. It will be an exceptionally festive experience for me to perform it with excellent musicians in a wonderful concert hall!”

Tickets to the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra concerts can be purchased in all Box-Offices of “Biļešu paradise” and at