Carnival of Animals

01/11/2024    10.00
Concert Hall GREAT AMBER, Great Hall, Liepāja

The Liepāja Symphony Orchestra invites our little listeners to a fun carnival, where a lion, an elephant, a kangaroo, a swan, a rooster, a cuckoo, an antelope, a turtle and other animals will meet on the stage of the “Lielais dzintars” Concert Hall.

Conductor Reinis Lapa will lead the journey in the world of music together with actor Pēteris Lapiņš. The event takes place in Latvian.

“The Carnival of the Animals” by the French composer Camille Saint-Saëns includes many fun and exciting scenes, where animals talk, play, make friends and argue. It is going to be a wonderful story and a fantasy world that will come alive in the music of a symphony orchestra.

The concert programme will be complemented by one of the most famous works by Robert Schumann – “Carnaval”. It was inspired by a carnival that took place in his hometown of Zwickau. The composer also included some of his friends and himself as characters in this work. The concert will feature certain fragments from this piece and each fragment will tell a story of a character or an event associated with the carnival.

These two fun and colorful pieces will create a sense of a real carnival, enabling the audience to imagine and compare how people have fun and how animals do it.

Pēteris LAPIŅŠ (narrator)

Agnese EGLIŅA (piano)
Edgars TOMŠEVICS (piano)

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Reinis LAPA

Robert SCHUMANN (1810-1856) Fragments from the work “Carnaval”
Camille SAINT-SAËNS (1835-1921) The Carnival of the Animals

The Concert is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the State Cultural Capital Foundation and Liepāja City.  

Tickets are available here