The Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, which has just ended its first season under the direction of its chief conductor Guntis Kuzma with a thrilling concert programme, is now inviting listeners to next season's musical events, where they will have the chance to hear symphonic masterpieces of different eras and styles.
This autumn, in cooperation with the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, such outstanding soloists as the Czech pianist Lukáš Vondráček, Japanese rising star, violinist Hina Maeda, Latvian performer, music producer and composer Reinis Sējāns, and also Elza Leimane, the leading soloist of the Latvian National Ballet, will take the stage of the Concert Hall “Lielais dzintars”.
At the opening concert of the 143rd concert season on September 16 at 6 PM, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and its chief conductor Guntis Kuzma will take the audience on an emotional journey from darkness to light, from despair to hope: the triumph over psychological crisis experienced by himself and the return to artistic endeavour is the theme of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No.2.
The special guest of the opening concert of the season is going to be the Czech pianist Lukáš Vondráček. “The Boston Globe” paper wrote rave reviews of his performance of Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in cooperation with the Boston Symphony Orchestra last year: “His performance stood out for its sparkling, light passages and command of the work's dark, rhetorical drama.”
The programme will also feature the Concerto for Orchestra by one of the most influential Polish musicians – composer Witold Lutoslawski, and the opus “Musica alba” by the great master of domestic music – composer Agris Engelmanis.
On 21 October at 18:00 in the Concert Hall “Lielais dzintars”, the joint work “Crow. A Flight in One Act” by the musician and composer Reinis Sējāns and Elza Leimane, the leading soloist and choreographer of the Latvian National Ballet, will be performed on a symphonic scale for the first time.
“Crow. Flight in one act” is a story about a human – not a crow – about the inner struggle in human, about the ugly in the beautiful and the beautiful in the ugly, about approaching danger and getting to know yourself anew. The crow as a symbol, as an extremely intellectually developed and beautiful bird, helps to tell this story in a way that makes each of us see ourselves in it.
On 2 December at 18:00 the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Guntis Kuzma will give a concert in cooperation with the rising Japanese star, violinist Hina Maeda, who is a recent winner of the 16th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, and whose huge success has been attracting a lot of attention from the music world.
On the stage of the Concert Hall “Lielais dzintars” this outstanding musician will shine in the Violin Concerto No.2 by the Polish composer Henryk Wieniawski, while the evening programme will also feature Carl Maria von Weber’s overture to the opera “Euryanthe” and Sergei Rachmaninoff's symphonic poem “Island of the Dead”, in addition, world premiere of the “Mysterious Garden” by Juris Karlsons will be given.
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 Liepāja City.