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“Sounds of Liepāja in Rundāle Palace” - 3 more concerts | LIEPĀJA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

“Sounds of Liepāja in Rundāle Palace” - 3 more concerts

The concert series “Sounds of Liepāja in Rundāle Palace” organized by the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will take place in three more magnificent events this year.

The Liepāja Symphony Orchestra has been the almost resident orchestra of Rundāle Palace for ten years now – since the orchestra director Uldis Lipskis and Imants Lancmanis, who was the director of Rundāle Palace back then, have signed a cooperation agreement in May 2014, almost 60 concerts have been played in this architectural gem in different lineups.

In early April, the concert of baroque music ensemble “Sonore antiqua” was already played in the White Hall of Rundāle Palace.

The next visit is scheduled for 3 August, when the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the conductor Guntis Kuzma will delight the audience with the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Arturs Maskats. On 28 September the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra brass and percussion ensemble will perform in the White Hall of Rundāle Palace, while on 14 December the palace will be filled with sophisticated chamber music performed by the Berči Quartet and clarinetist Egīls Šēfers.

On August 3, at 18:00 in the White Hall of Rundāle Palace the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under the direction of the conductor Guntis Kuzma will play Mozart's light and graceful piece “A Little Night Music”, which is one of composer's most popular works. The Concerto grosso by Arturs Maskats will surprise you with its modern interpretation and interweaving of classical genres, while Beethoven's Symphony No.6, also known as the Pastoral Symphony, will offer a picturesque and emotional reflection of the beauty of nature. Special guests of the concert will be violinist Sandis Šteinbergs and cellist Ēriks Kiršfelds.

On September 28, at 18:00, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra brass and percussion ensemble under the direction of the conductor Guntis Kuzma will play the new work “Towards the Light” by Vilnis Šmīdbergs.
The list of works written by Vilnis Šmīdbergs, the founder of Latvian rock music, the founder of the art rock band “Katedrāle” and the creator of the key lineup of the band “Sīpoli”, is extensive. For the symphony for wind orchestra Mr.Šmīdbergs received the “Grand Music Award 2010”, and for the Concerto for alto saxophone and orchestra he was awarded the AKKA/LAA Author's Award (2014). This year, Vilnis Šmīdbergs received the Grand Music Award “For Lifetime Contribution”. 

The concert will be complemented by the “Liturgical Fanfares” (Fanfares Liturgiques) written in 1947 by the French composer Henri Tomasi.

The evening of 14 December (18:00) in the White Hall of Rundāle Palace will be dedicated to chamber music. This sophisticated concert will feature the performance of the Quartet named after the prominent architect of Liepāja City, Paul Max Bertschy, and this time clarinetist Egīls Šēfers will join the Quartet. 

Berči Quartet consists of four outstanding orchestra musicians of the younger generation: violinists Gunārs Mūrnieks and Diāna Reimane, violist Elīna Čipāne and cellist Klāvs Jankevics. Together with the virtuoso clarinetist Egīls Šēfers, they will acquaint the audience with a collection of gems from the classicism and romanticism era, creating an unforgettable musical experience.

Tickets for the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra concerts can be purchased at “Biļešu paradīze” ticket offices

The concerts are supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the Zemgale Planning Region.

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