The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
On 9 August at 7 p.m. in Liepāja Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” and on 10 August at 8 p.m. in Rundāle Palace Liepāja Symphony Orchestra (LSO) invites to a LIEPAJA SUMMER festival concert presenting a programme of wonderful romantic music conducted by Andris Veismanis, performed together with clarinettist Anna Gāgane, a laureate of The Great Music Award and Dārta Tisenkopfa, a virtuoso harpist.
The rich summer concert programme will present Felix Mendelssohn’s symphonic hit ‒ “Italian Symphony” ‒ written by the composer when he was just 24, one of his brightest works inspired by sunny and cheerful atmosphere of Italy, as well as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Symphony No. 29, completed when he was not even 20 yet. The virtuoso soloists and the orchestra will perform Clarinet Concerto No. 1 by Carl Maria Weber and “Dances Sacred and Profane” by Claude Debussy.
Harpist Dārta Tisenkopfa studied at Music Conservatory "Arrigo Boito" of Parma in Italy and is a laureate of a number of prestigious competitions in Italy. She believes that Debussy’s “Dances Sacred and Profane” is one of the most often played pieces for harp and orchestra, which has been the reason she has deliberately avoided playing it, though she has played Debussy frequently. Now is the time to finally master this pearl of the harp repertoire. “This technically rich piece wonderfully displays the universal character of harp and diversity of its timbral and characterising abilities. However, the technical side is not the only interesting side of the Dances. A musician has to discover and bring out the dualism hidden in the piece, the contrast between the sacral and profane dance, because Debussy has not expressed it directly. This music is special for the colour of sound, lightness of harmony characteristic of Debussy and the way the contemporary meets the ancient,” says Dārta.
Technically diverse, with great dynamic contrasts and chromatic, virtuosic passages, innovative for its time ‒ it is Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 1. LSO will play it with clarinettist Anna Gāgane, who is continuing studies for her second master degree in Basel and can boast of being a recipient of the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship and of recent win of Latvian Great Music Award in the category of The Young Musician. “I want to surprise the audience in Liepāja and Rundāle with a bright, saturated and even witty musical interpretation,” says the clarinettist. “Weber’s music has an important place in clarinettists’ “golden repertoire”, which is why it has always been with me from my first steps in playing clarinet. Weber’s talent and the masterfully written part for clarinet allow me to truly enjoy performing this piece and to present the variety of timbral colours and shades of character sharing wonderful musical experience with the audience,” continues Anna. She is happy to meet LSO again. “This has been my first orchestra and being in it I fell in love with playing in symphony orchestra; I felt how great it is to be part of a big and powerful collective in creating memorable and magic musical moments.”
Music Festival "Liepāja Summer", annualy organised by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, is the spiritual heir and continuation of the legendary summer symphony music cycle LIEPĀJA SUMMER, in 1783 iniciated by Peter von Biron, the Duke of Kurland. Many decades residents of Liepāja city and their families have been able to enjoy the symphony music concerts on the open air stage in the seaside park. In the last few years the festival was participated by such artists as Giora Feidman, Gidon Kremer and „Kremerata Baltica”, Avi Avital, Tokiko Kato, Maija Kovaļevska and others.