Liepāja Symphony Orchestra 141. Season Opening Concert

On 18 September at 19.00, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will open the new concert season under the baton of the chief conductor maestro Gintaras Rinkevičius with a truly splendid programme. A special guest at the concert will be the outstanding Latvian violinist Paula Šūmane. And for the season, the Orchestra is planning and preparing exciting programmes for both live and online events.

“In the new concert season, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will offer a rich repertoire consisting of both world-known symphonic masterpieces and premieres of compositions by Latvian composers. We will perform together with brilliant and talented soloists and have a magnificent celebration of the 30th anniversary of Liepāja International Stars Festival in March next year. We will also continue the concert series “Closer” and “Symphony Closer” started last season, and these series will be available to everyone longing for it, without any restrictions in digital form,” reveals Uldis Lipskis, director of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra.

The Orchestra will open their 141st concert season by performing the Romantic music, putting emphasis on its traits of Scandinavian nature. The programme includes Manfred Symphony by Tchaikovsky, who is, without any doubt, the most significant Russian composer of all times, and Jean Sibelius’ Violin Concerto in D minor, which is one of the most remarkable compositions of this Finnish composer of the late Romantic period.

Tchaikovsky’s Manfred Symphony, which is based on the Byron’s poem and inspired by the snow-covered Alpine scenery, tells about a mysterious and philosophical character looking for the meaning of life. While the Violin Concerto by Sibelius is a clash of numerous contrasts: the sensitive and dreaming versus the passionate and wild, the charming against the aggressive, the voice of a symphony orchestra versus the bright, soloistic virtuosity performed this time by the Latvian violinist Paula Šūmane.

Paula Šūmane is a widely-known brilliant and versatile violinist. Starting her violin classes first at Emīls Dārziņš Music School and then at Jūrmala Music School, Paula was admitted to National Superior Conservatory of Paris for Music and Dance when she was only fifteen and graduated in 2008 with her first prize. Then comes the Master studies at the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz, which she graduates from with excellence. Paula is the winner of Latvia's Great Music Award 2011 for Debut of the Year and holder of prizes at many other international competitions, including the most important Latin American competition – Music Competition Dr. Luis Sigall. Her manner of playing is characterised by a refined sense of style, excellent technique, delicate nuances, and brilliant stage performance. She has performed as soloist for Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra, the Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra, the Latvian National Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta Riga, and many others. And this is going to be another Paula’s meeting with Liepāja Symphony Orchestra.

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