The Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will begin the coming year in Liepāja Concert Hall “Lielais dzintars” with the world's Golden Classic and the premiere of a new Latvian work – at the concert taking place on January 27 at 19:00 under the direction of the main conductor Guntis Kuzma Ilona Breģe's Fourth Symphony will be premiered and the brilliance of Ludwig van Beethoven's Violin Concerto will be revealed by the outstanding violinist Sergei Dogadin as a soloist.
Ludwig van Beethoven's Violin Concerto written in 1806 is considered one of the most significant works in the violin concerto genre and is regularly performed in concert halls all over the world. The piece is dedicated to Beethoven's childhood friend, violinist and conductor Stephan von Breuning, to whose wife, two years later, an adaptation of this concerto for piano and orchestra was made as a tribute.
The role of a soloist in this concert will be taken by the violinist living in Austria, who is already known to the Latvian audience – winner of the world's most prestigious violin competitions, Sergei Dogadin, with whom the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra has worked together many times already.
In 2016, Jean Sibelius's Violin Concerto was jointly played at the “Lielais dzintars”, while in 2017 the mastery of this outstanding musician could be enjoyed in an unusual programme specially dedicated to the 25th Liepāja International Star Festival, where he was playing with two other world-renowned musicians-conductors. Together with the violist Maxim Rysanov and the cellist David Geringas, he played the “Concerto for Three” by Alfred Schnittke, the “Sinfonia concertante” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and the Double Concerto by Johannes Brahms.
The virtuoso violinist is a winner of many prestigious competitions and awards. He has given concerts in the world's most prominent concert halls and collaborated with several internationally significant symphonic ensembles and conductors.
The concert programme also includes the premiere of Latvian composers’ Ilona Breģe new symphony, the fourth in a row already – the composer finished working on this opus in July 2021, and it was composed in memory of the person dearest to her – her late mother Vizbulīte Breģe (1933-2018). The symphony consists of four movements, and in the third movement the composer has used the form of variations to create a collage of moments of memories based on a song she composed at the age of five and gifted to her mother.
Tickets for the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra concerts can be purchased at “Biļešu Paradīze” ticket offices.
The concert is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the State Cultural Capital Foundation and the Liepāja Municipality.