In April, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra invites the audience to attend three inspiring concerts, where one of the most beautiful symphonies of the 19th century will be played: Beethoven's Symphony No.8, symphony “Stations of the Cross” by Kārlis Lācis, music by Grammy Award nominee Anna Clyne, and also golden classic by Edward Elgar, Johannes Brahms and Gustav Mahler.
On Maundy Thursday, on 6 April at 19:00 at the concert “Waiting for an Easter miracle” the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra in cooperation with the State Academic Choir “Latvija” and soprano Jolanta Strikaite under the direction of the conductor Māris Sirmais will play the symphony “Stations of the Cross” by Kārlis Lācis.
Lightness and poignancy intertwine in the symphony “Stations of the Cross”, which premiered in 2015. The piano part of the symphony will be played by the composer Kārlis Lācis himself, inviting the audience to engage in a musical reflection on the mundane and transcendental issues.
The single-part concert will begin with one of the superhits of symphonic music – Gustav Mahler's Adagietto from the Symphony No.5, a dreamily lyrical love letter to composer’s wife Alma.
On 20 April at 19:00 the orchestra invites you to enjoy its concert series “Symphony CLOSER” in person for the first time. Under the direction of the conductor Atvars Lakstīgala, the orchestra will play one of the most beautiful symphonies of the 19th century, which is Symphony No.8 by Ludwig van Beethoven. The concert is included in the “School Bag” programme.
In 2021 the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra was nominated for the Grand Music Award for the series of online concerts “Symphony CLOSER”. This time, music lovers will have the chance to hear the symphony in person.
The concert series “Symphony CLOSER” created by the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra was created to introduce the audience to the cornerstones of the world symphonic repertoire – beautiful, classical symphonies that everyone should know.
The concert “Symphony CLOSER. No.8 by Beethoven” and discussion will begin with the welcome speech given by the music reviewer Orests Silabriedis, revealing the context of the time when the symphony was created and the structural specifics of the masterpiece. After the concert guests will also be encouraged to engage in an informal conversation with the conductor Atvars Lakstīgala.
On 28 April at 19:00 – in the prime of spring the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will offer its audience music by two English composers: the classic Edward Elgar and the very talented contemporary composer, Grammy Award nominee Anna Clyne. Symphony No.3 by Johannes Brahms, one of the world's most significant symphonists, will also be performed.
In this concert, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra accompanied by the cellist Marta Sudraba will play Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, which is composer’s last significant piece that became a classical music bestseller in the 1960s along with the recording made by the English cellist Jacqueline Du Pré.
Whereas, Anna Clyne is a contemporary English composer, described by the “New York Times” as a “composer with extraordinary talents and methods”. She currently is one of the most sought-after composers working with orchestras, choreographers, filmmakers and visual artists all over the world.
Music by Johannes Brahms, one of the world's most significant symphonists, is also included in the concert programme, and this time the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Estonian conductor Risto Joost will play his Symphony No.3, which is sometimes also called “Heroic”.
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 State Cultural Capital Foundation and Liepāja City.