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

The June will begin with a concert in Rundale Palace

On 1 June at 5 p.m. in Rundāle Palace Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under conductor Māris Kupčs will give a concert with violinist Eva Ter-Sarkisova and soprano Ilze Grēvele-Skaraine. The programme will feature masterpieces by Ravel, Respighi, Handel and other great Italian, French and German composers.

“The music we will play needs no comments. It just is the most wonderful music ever and it is even a bigger treat to hear it in such beautiful place as Rundāle Palace,”says Mārtiņš Kupčs when asked about the choice of the programme.

Of French composer Maurice Ravel’s music the audience will hear Suite "Le Tombeau de Couperin", which Ravel devoted to his friends and acquaintances whose lives were taken by World War I. To the comments that a piece in memoriam should not be so light-hearted and cheerful, Ravel said: "The dead are sad enough, in their eternal silence.” We will play also Ravel’s early composition "Pavane pour une infante défunte" – a nostalgic reflection on sweet and carefree childhood that cannot be retained. "La flûte enchantée" from Song Cycle "Shéhérazade" will take the audience to the magic world of Arabic fairy tales.

The music of technically virtuoso and resilient Concert Rhapsody for Violin and Orchestra "Tzigane" will be performed by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and Eva Ter-Sarkisova, a young violinist who successfully passed several stages of an audition and is now studying at the Yehudi Menuhin Music School in Surrey for musically gifted children and is currently one of the best violinists of the school. She will also perform The Romance for Violin and Orchestra by Ludwig van Beethoven.

Another soloist of the concert will be Ilze Grēvele-Skaraine who has studied at Royal Conservatory of Hague and has perfected her vocal mastery at the Lithuania Academy of Music and Theatre with world renowned early music specialists. Since 2012, Ilze Grēvele-Skaraine is an artist of baroque choir Collegium Choro Musici Riga and a soloist of international ensemble Le Voci delle Grazie (the Netherlands).

Semiopera "Acis and Galatea" by George Frideric Handel has been adapted numerous times and presently is known in the arrangement by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In Latvia it was premiered back in 1997 and was conducted by Māris Kupčs. The concert programme includes Galatea’s arias form the opera. The audience will also hear Lucrezia’s aria from the 1st act of Gaetano Donizetti’s opera "Lucrezia Borgia".

The conductor has also chosen Ottorino Respighi’s Suite "The Birds". In each of the five parts of the suite the composer attempted to transcribe birdsong by using the colour and style of different composers (of Italian Renaissance or Baroque).

Tickets to LSO concerts can be purchased in all Box-Offices of “Biļešu paradise” and at www.bilesuparadize.lv.

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