Concert with Andrejs Osokins in early December

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will reunite with pianist Andrejs Osokins.

On December 3 at 18.00 at Liepāja Concert Hall “Lielais dzintars” the orchestra under its principal conductor Guntis Kuzma will perform one of Johannes Brahms' most famous compositions - the First Piano Concerto with solo by Andrejs Osokins, as well as Antonin Dvorzák's elegant Eighth Symphony.

Ukrainian citizens can attend the concert free of charge.

The last time the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra with pianist Andrejs Osokins performed together was two years ago, when Sergey Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto was performed in “Lielais dzintars”. Guntis Kuzma was the conductor of the orchestra.

Later, in the Latvian Radio 3 programme “Post Factum”, musicologist Dace Bluķe shared her impressions of Osokins' performance, which was received with a long standing ovation by the audience: “It is the pianist's extraordinary skill that the audience does not feel that it is very difficult for a pianist to play this difficult piano concerto. The beautiful music of Rachmaninov by Andrejs Osokins was so amazingly easy! It was a beautiful and heartfelt event.”

Andrejs Osokins, winner of the 2008 Music Grand Prix, has won the world's most important piano competitions, and critics have judged him to have “a mesmerising personality, a wide and expressive palette of sound colours, and an unusually persuasive sense of different musical styles”.

Brahms's First Piano Concerto, which the audience will hear at the concert on December 3, was written in the composer's early youth, when, still admiring the classicist Ludwig van Beethoven, Brahms was fascinated by technical exploration and the incorporation of complex techniques into the piano part, while still retaining the basic structures and content of the classicism.

Whereas Dvorzák was inspired by the folk music of his native Bohemia (the western part of modern-day Czech Republic) for his Eighth Symphony in Sol minor.

Tickets for Liepāja Symphony Orchestra concerts are available at “Biļešu Paradīze” ticket offices.

To support Ukrainian civilians who have arrived in Latvia or are unable to return to Ukraine due to the war caused by Russia, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra offers free admission for Ukrainian citizens to the concert on December 3.

To receive free entrance cards, citizens of Ukraine are invited to visit the Information Centre of Liepaja Concert Hall “Lielais dzintars” and present their passport or ID card.

The Concert Hall Information Centre is open on weekdays from 11.00 to 17.00 (with a lunch break from 14.00 to 14.30), and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00 to 15.00.

The concert is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia and Liepāja Municipality.