10 February 2021, 19:00
Normunds ŠNĒ / conductor
Orests SILABRIEDIS / music reviewer
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra
Sibelius’s Symphony No. 3
Conversations with the conductor and guests before and after the concert
We offer to watch a live recording from Liepaja’s Concert Hall GREAT AMBER on 10 February 2021. After purchasing a ticket, you will receive a link to the concert recording and an access code in your e-mail. The recording will be available for watching for an unlimited number of times for 30 days.
The Liepāja Symphony Orchestra has launched a new concert series Symphony CLOSER, which introduces audience to beautiful, classical symphonies that should be known by everyone.
Symphony is one of the most concise, spacious and beautiful forms that the humanity provides its message in. Heavenly order, spirit of the era, the advancement of society and deeply personal revelations are simultaneously miraculously manifested in masterpieces that have outlasted their time and become a part of the world’s cultural heritage.
Generations are changing, and the symphony, which the European society has known and loved for more than two hundred years, is slowly shrouded in the dust of oblivion. There are fewer and fewer people who come to concerts with scores. There are fewer and fewer of those who are able to compare dozens of different interpretations of the same symphony and for whom the message of music, history, literature, philosophy, painting and architecture is intertwined in a full and intelligent sense of the world.
Let's go to school! Let’s relearn the mysterious symphonic language to once again access the riches of the spirit that are still alive and take on new forms in each new age!
This time the listeners will have the opportunity to get to know the well-known Finnish composer’s JEAN SIBELIUS SYMPHONY NO. 3 filled with extraordinary power and energy. The position by the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra conductor’s console will be taken by a Latvian Orchestra icon NORMUNDS ŠNĒ.
’’This symphony will always be special and unforgettable for me, because it was the first symphony masterpiece with which I performed by a real symphony orchestra conductor’s console. It gave me the opportunity to understand the beauty, never-ending challenges, kaleidoscope of mistakes and findings of this profession, to experience the sleepless nights and the ecstatic moments of joy from time to time.’’ says the conductor Normunds Šnē, ‘’ for the Finnish genius this piece was the breakthrough into freedom – into music; as a peak of a magical flight, without frames, rules, but with a strong and clear mind and score made with a burning heart.’’
Orests Silabriedis together with the conductor of the concert program will reveal the context of time of the making and details of the masterpiece before the performance of the symphony; after the performance of the sypmhony, in a conversation led by Timurs Tomsons, the director of the concert hall “The Great Amber”, the regularly invited regular listeners of the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, whom we know as unmissable guests in our concerts, will share their impressions of their musical adventure. This time it is the chairman, director and actor of Liepāja Theater - Herberts Laukšteins.