Vondráček, Maeda, Sējāns, Leimane – Liepāja Symphony Orchestra announces autumn concerts

Vondráček, Maeda, Sējāns, Leimane – Liepāja Symphony Orchestra announces autumn concerts

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, having just wrapped up its first season under the baton of Chief Conductor Guntis Kuzma with a dazzling concert programme, is already looking forward to the next season's musical events, which will present symphonic masterpieces from different eras and styles.

This autumn, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra will be joined on stage by such outstanding soloists as Czech pianist Lukáš Vondráček, Japanese rising star violinist Hina Maeda, Latvian recording artist, music producer and composer Reinis Sējāns, and leading soloist of the Latvian National Ballet Elza Leimane.

Opening the 143rd concert season on 16 September at 18.00, the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra together with its Chief Conductor Guntis Kuzma are going to lead the audience on an emotional journey from darkness to light, from despair to hope: triumph over the own psychological crisis and comeback to his artistic pursuit is the key motif of Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto.

Czech pianist Lukáš Vondráček will appear on a stage as special guest at the opening concert of the season. The Boston Globe wrote a glowing review of his performance of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto with the Boston Symphony Orchestra last year: “Vondráček’s playing was admirable from every angle, his soft playing a particular strength, variegated and sensitive, taking more time now and then than one might have thought possible, judiciously overlaying a remarkably thoughtful and appropriate rubato, yet never straying into anything remotely treacly or sticky sweet. His playing throughout ideally amalgamated fire and mist. Indeed, those opening chords did foretell an extraordinary interpretation.”

The programme also includes Concerto for Orchestra by one of the most influential Polish musicians, composer Witold Lutosławski, as well as the opus “Musica alba” by Agris Engelmanis – our own music giant.

On 21 October at 18.00, the Great Amber Concert Hall will premiere a symphonic performance of “Crow. One-Act Flight”, a joint work by musician and composer Reinis Sējāns and Elza Leimane, leading soloist, and choreographer of the Latvian National Ballet.

“Crow. One-Act Flight” is a story about man, not about a crow – about man’s inner struggle, about the ugliness in the beauty and the beauty in the ugliness, about heading towards the dangerous and getting to know self again. The crow as a symbol, as an extremely intellectually developed and beautiful bird, helps to tell this story in such a way that everyone can recognise themselves in it.

On 2 December at 18.00, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra led by Guntis Kuzma will give a concert with Japanese rising star violinist Hina Maeda, who has just won the 16th International Henryk Wieniawski Violin Competition, drawing much attention from the music world with this tremendous success.

On the Great Amber stage, this outstanding artist will sparklingly perform Polish composer Henryk Wieniawski’s Second Violin Concerto, while the evenin’'s programme will also include Carl Maria von Weber's Overture to the opera “Euryanthe” and Sergei Rachmaninoff’s symphonic poem “Isle of the Dead”, while Juris Karlsons’ “The Secret Garden” will be given its world premiere.

Tickets for Liepāja Symphony Orchestra concerts are available at Biļešu Paradīze https://www.bilesuparadize.lv/lv/organizer/50

The concerts are supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia, the State Culture Capital Foundation, and the City of Liepāja.