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

Ešenvalds’ Concerto premiere in the Stars Festival

On 7 March at 6 p.m. in Liepāja Concert Hall “GREAT AMBER” Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will open the 28th Liepāja International Stars Festival. Ēriks Ešenvalds’ world premiere of Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra “Arctic Visions: Sea” will feature Oskars Petrauskis as a soloist.

Ešenvalds’ recent concerto of “Arctic Visions” series was written for saxophonist Oskars Petrauskis, the principal saxophonist of Orchestra RIGA, winner of the Great Music Award, laureate of numerous national and international competitions, who is giving regular concerts in duo with his brother pianist Raimonds Petrauskis, as well as with “Xylem Trio” together with percussionist Rihards Zaļupe.

The renowned Latvian master of meditation and virtuoso landscapist Ērikas Ešenvalds is very familiar with nature of the North; his Liepāja Concerto is devoted to the beauty of arctic night. In his recent composition he conveys the harsh wilderness of the North Sea through an inimitably beautiful sound of Oskars Petrauskis’ saxophone trailing like a shining pattern in the sky above.

“I remember standing on the last strip of land on the sea coast of Greenland Island, Scandinavia and the Alaska sea. I am staring into the northern distance watching out for the splashes of icy waves not to wet my feet. All around me there is dark water – the sea. The sea puts on a shining silver gown in the light of the Sun, the Moon or Aurora Borealis whereas during a night when the sky closes the sea is pitch black and is rather scary, murmuring about those living in its depths. Next day the wind grabs the water and the sky, swirls them and vigorously throws away. And this is probably it – the sea cannot do without the sky. If the sea had wings…”, this is how Ēriks Ešenvalds describes his new composition.

In the Festival opening concert the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Gintaras Rinkevicius will also perform two symphonic capriccios ‒ Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov’s Spanish Capriccio and Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s Italian Capriccio ‒ and the beautiful Piano Concerto by Maurice Ravel played by a pianist born in France ‒ Wilhem Latchoumia.

The five concerts from 7‒14 March of the 28th Liepāja International Stars Festival organised by Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will feature exceptional musicians from Brazil, Chile, Portugal, France, Czechia, Lithuania and Latvia, and will take place in Liepāja Concert Hall “Great Amber”.

Tickets to the Festival concerts (from 10 EUR) can be purchased in all Box-Offices of “Biļešu paradise” and at The 28th Liepāja International Stars Festival is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the State Culture Capital Foundation and the city of Liepāja.


Ešenvalds’ Concerto premiere in the Stars Festival