The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
On 18 October at 7 p.m. in Kuldīga Culture Centre and on 19 October at 6 p.m. in Liepāja Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER”, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and Vineta Sareika under the baton of Gintaras Rinkevicius, principal conductor of LSO, will delight their audience with the wonderful Violin Concerto of the American composer Samuel Barber.
This will be a reunion of the distinguished violinist Vineta Sareika (called by the Belgian newspaper Le Soir “an iron fist in a velvet glove”), Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and maestro Gintaras Rinkevicius, with whom the violinist performed in Vilnius at the end of 2018.
“I fell in love with Barber’s Violin Concerto while still in school, when my teacher Ojārs Kalniņš introduced me to a recording by Isaac Stern. I think I listened to it more than 200 times! It seemed that the introductory theme can give wings to any listener, and I had never before heard anything like the wild dash of the finale! This music keeps fascinating me with its sincerity and romanticism, especially the theme of the second movement, which, to my mind, is one of the most beautiful and heart-breaking pieces of the violin repertoire,” says Vineta Sareika about Samuel Barber’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. “It is real pleasure to perform with Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and maestro Gintaras Rinkevicius with whom I played this Barber’s Concerto last year in Vilnius Philharmonic Hall.”
The concert programme will also feature Barber’s unworldly and wonderful Adagio for Strings. To contrast the image of prairie expanse and direct emotionality interweaved in Barber’s music, the orchestra will perform Symphony No.2 by the Scandinavian music colossus Jean Sibelius, music saturated with sublime and restrained passion, which fits so well in the acoustics and architectonics of Liepāja Concert Hall. This symphony had an important role in strengthening of the Finnish national spirit – it became a symbol of national independence movement. American historian Alex Ross in his book “Everything Else is Noise” wrote that this opus might be one of the first, if not the first example of music in the history of the 20th century symbolizing a political idea.
Tickets to the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra concerts can be purchased in all Box-Offices of “Biļešu paradise” and at www.bilesuparadize.lv.