The unique amber sound of the Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja.
On 7 March at 6 p.m. in Liepāja Concert Hall “Great Amber” Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will give the opening concert of the 28th Liepāja International Stars Festival. The concert will feature a special guest ‒ French pianist Wilhem Latchoumia, who will play the beautiful Piano Concerto by Ravel.
“For me it's one of the most beautiful concertos I have ever played. I always enjoy working on it, be it on my own or with an orchestra. Ultimately it is an immense pleasure to play it to the audience. In this Concerto you can find all the emotions ‒ it's like a jewel. Last time when I was in Liepāja I played a very demanding programme, however I had a very attentive audience, very warm and curious of a new kind of music. Therefore it is with great pleasure that I return to present and share a great page of the French music,“ Wilhem Latcoumia comments the coming event. Three years ago, during festival “Liepāja Summer” we had a chance to enjoy his wonderful solo recital in the little hall of “Great Amber”.
Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G major conveys the sparkling vitality of the 20th century post-war Europe. It will be a pleasure to listen to this opus of bright and wild joy performed by Wilhelm Latchoumia born in France. The French press write that fairies have put a spell on Latchoumia. The pianist makes the most complicated contemporary music sound as captivating as a crime story, his connection with audience is magic.
Ravel’s Concerto will be preceded by two masterpieces of the 19th century ‒ two symphonic capriccios. Naval officer Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s music offers Spanish rhythms of wide scale, in turn his countryman Tchaikovsky revives his lost joviality in the sunny Rome and his lively Capriccio reflects Italian folk songs.
The concert will close with a world premiere of the Saxophone Concerto “Arctic Visions: Sea” by the world-renowned Latvian master of meditation and virtuoso landscapist Ēriks Ešenvalds, written for the outstanding saxophonist Oskars Petrauskis.
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 www.bilesuparadize.lv. 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.