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

Season closing with music that had sounded on the Moon

On 10 May (at 7 p.m. at Liepāja Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER”), Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will mark the closure of its 138th concert season by playing one of the most popular symphonic super hits – Antonín Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony “From the New World”. The concert programme will also feature opera music with Margarita Vilsone and Mihail Čulpajev.

“The music to close a rich concert season has to be exceptionally beautiful. And this is what we offer – magnificent music with beautiful soloists!” says principal conductor of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra Gintars Rinkevicius.

In the first part of the concert, the orchestra will play the most beautiful opera arias and duos sung by a renowned soprano Margaita Vilsone, who has won acclaim not only in Liepāja but also in Europe and is currently a soloist with Latvian National Opera and Staatsheater Nürnberg, and tenor Mihail Čulpajev – soloist of Latvian National Opera. The programme comprises fragments from operas “The Marriage of Figaro”, “Magic Flute”, “Don Giovanni”, and the comic opera with Italian title “Cosi fan Tutte” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as well as from such famous operas and operettas as “L'elisir d'amore” by Gaetano Donizetti, “William Tell” by Gioachino Rossini, “La Traviata” by Giuseppe Verdi, and Franz Lehar’s “The Land of Smiles”. The magnificent programme of opera music will also include Georges Bizet’s 2nd suite “L'Arlésienne”.

Antonín Dvořák’s Ninth Symphony “From the New World”, which will be played in the second part, has been regularly performed by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and is very familiar and dear to orchestra musicians and the audience. The great Czech composer wrote it during his stay in America where he got acquainted with African-American spirituals. For Dvořák it was really a new world. “Those were the days of racial uprising and Dvorak’s symphony “From the New World” is abundant in impressions from African-American and Indian music and, possibly, it is what makes the opus so attractive. Already the premiere of the symphony in December 1893 at Carnegie Hall received thunderous acclaim of the audience,” tells musicologist Orests Silabriedis.

According to the traditional interpretation, in 1969 Neil Armstrong played a recording of Dvorak’s New World Symphony as he stepped out onto the lunar surface for the first time in the history of mankind.

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

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