The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
In Jelgava House of Culture on October 16 at 19.00 and in Liepaja’s concert hall “Great Amber” on October 17 at 18.00, Liepaja Symphony Orchestra with pianist Andrejs Osokins will perform in a concert under conductor Guntis Kuzma. The program includes premieres of works by Beethoven, Rachmaninoff and Juris Karlsons.
The concert will be opened by the musically expressive Egmont Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven, which was created while Europe was taken over by the Napoleonic Wars and the dominance of the First French Empire. In this opus, the composer expresses his stance against the surrounding processes and the oppression of people.
The outstanding pianist Andrejs Osokins together with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra will perform one of the most frequently played opuses of Sergei Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 3. It is rightly called one of the most difficult piano concertos, which demands impeccable technique and musicality from the performer. Andrejs Osokins, winner of the Latvian Grand Music Award, has won awards in world’s most significant piano competitions. Among the highlights of the last concert seasons is the return to the Berliner Philharmoniker with Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1, a performance with orchestra Kremerata Baltica in Frankfurt’s concert hall Alte Oper, a visit to the legendary Konzerthaus Berlin with Georgijs Osokins to perform Rachmaninoff’s piano concertos, as well as a solo concert in Milan’s concert hall La Verdi.
“I admire Guntis Kuzma both as a conductor and a stage partner. I can always afford to be emotional, having him at the conductor’s stand. In turn, memories from early childhood link me to the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, when my father performed at the Piano Stars Festival. I have always admired the skill of this orchestra to perform the repertoire of piano concerts so masterfully and with such feeling. It’s a great art to be both with the pianist and as one with the pianist,”Andrejs Osokins is looking forward to the October concerts, convinced that Rachmaninoff will be present in his spirit.
The concert program is expected to also include a premiere. At the suggestion of the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra and conductor Guntis Kuzma, Juris Karlsons has created a suite for his ballet “Antonija #Silmači” of 2017, which was staged at the Latvian National Opera in 2018 under Aivars Leimanis. The ballet is inspired by “The Tailor Days at Silmači” (Skroderdienas Silmačos) - a play by Blaumanis, and its central character is Antonija, whose thirsty heart is yearning for love and true fulfilment. The suite features fragments from both acts of the ballet in a continuous symphonic progression.
The concerts are supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the State Cultural Capital Fund and the Kurzeme Planning Region. Tickets to the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra concerts can be purchased in all Box-Offices of “Biļešu paradise” and at www.bilesuparadize.lv.