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Stockhausen’s “Harlequin” and clarinettist Karel Dohnal

On 12 March at 7 p.m. in Liepāja Concert hall “Great Amber”, the 28th Liepāja International Stars Festival invites to experience the unique piece “Harlequin” by the inventive modernist Karlheinz Stockhausen.

Czech clarinettist Karel Dohnal, a musician with Prague National Opera Orchestra, Trio Amadeus, Prague PhilHarmonia Octet, a Professor with Ostrava University, highly sought-after and warmly received teacher at masterclasses, was invited to give a special performance in the Stars Festival. Dohnal takes special interest in contemporary music and Stockhausen’s masterpiece of music and dance is well suited for the famous musician’s artistic abilities and excellent sense of humour.

Stockhausen composed the piece 45 years ago for a single clarinettist to play the clarinet, to dance, and to assume the role of a mime. Karel Dohnal does it excellently – he magnificently depicts Harlequin, a classical commedia dell’arte character − joyful, funny, obliging when necessary and at times smug. Dressed in a traditional Harlequin rhombus costume, Dohnal plays clarinet, dances, bows, stretches, flirts with the ladies in the audience, poses for an imagery photographer and convinces the audience that anything is possible.

The Czech clarinettist has toured this performance nearly all over the world and has won the acclaim of numerous critics. Many of them have praised the unique and phenomenal interpretation of this unusual piece. “Karel Dohnal’s performance of Stockhausen’s “Harlequin” was the most striking 45 minutes I have experienced,” writes Keith Bruce in Scottish newspaper The Herald.

Prior to Stockhausen’s “Harlequin”, the popular music guide, musicologist Orests Silabriedis, will briefly tell the audience about the character of performance and classical commedia dell’arte.

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.