The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
On 4 October at 7 p.m. in Liepāja Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER”, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will perform Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 3 with Vestards Šimkus. The concert programme will also feature the world premiere of Latvian Symphony by Kārlis Lācis.
“During the past ten years of all Latvian orchestras Liepāja Symphony Orchestra was the one that had invited me to play with them most often, therefore we have a good artistic understanding. This relates also to conductor Atvars Lakstīgala who was holding the conductor’s baton on most of the occasions. I am very much looking forward to each our performance together. After the grand and successful tour at the end of previous year, we will perform in Liepāja and play the greatest, most impressive, most romantic and most moving piano concerto ever written – Sergey Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto. Its endless flow of melodies does not leave anyone indifferent,” says Vestards Šimkus and adds, “I and Atvars Lakstīgala have been willing to perform it together for a long time.”
It is interesting to note that when Vestards was 13 it was in Liepāja during the International Piano Stars Festival that he heard this concerto for the first time performed by outstanding Russian pianist Stanislav Igolinsky and Liepāja Symphony Orchestra conducted by Imants Resnis. Vestards fell in love with it and began learning the concerto right after the performance.
Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto was written in 1909. It is feared by many pianists because of its extreme technical challenges. The composer dedicated the concerto to his friend Josef Hofmann, controversial and indisputably vivid Polish pianist and educator who never dared to perform it in public. The concerto was premiered during Rachmaninov’s tour of the USA by the New York Symphony Orchestra and the composer himself at the piano. Several weeks later, its second performance was conducted by Gustav Mahler.
The concert programme will feature a special event - world premiere of Latvian Symphony by Kārlis Lācis. In the new half-hour symphony themes of Latvian folk songs and ethnic motives interlace, history of Latvia, formation of its statehood, and its centenary closely intertwine with the flow of current life in Latvia. The work was composed within the framework of the cycle of Centenary Symphonies, which after the unique cycle of Liepāja Concertos (comprising 12 opuses, with the 13th opus – Saxophone concerto by Eriks Ešenvalds still to come) was initiated by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra with the aim to create a collection of Latvian symphonic works for future generations. “We are doing this to foster creation of new compositions, some of which possibly will be popular and famous in future. Kālis Lācis’ symphony is the most recent contribution to the collection of symphonies. The orchestra has already had the honour to premiere symphonies by Andris Vecumnieks, Imants Kalniņš, Rihards Dubra, Andris Dzenītis, and Jānis Lūsēns,” says Uldis Lipskis, manager of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, and adds, “Writing a symphony is a long slow and substantial work, therefore it is a rare chance to experience these miracles.”
Tickets to the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra concerts can be purchased in all Box-Offices of “Biļešu paradise” and at www.bilesuparadize.lv.