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It is for the 28th time that Liepāja International Stars Festival will present to the audience unforgettable moments of classical, jazz, modern and vocal music in interpretation of outstanding musicians. In five concerts given in the Great Hall of “GREAT AMBER” and in the Jurgelaitis Chamber Hall, it will feature renowned conductors Gintaras Rinkevicius, Andris Veismanis, and Atvars Lakstīgala, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and Latvian Radio Big Band, singers Maija Kovaļevska and Maria Mendes, virtuosos Michael Pipoquinha un Karel Dohnal, pianists Armands Ābols and Wilhem Latchoumia, a premiere of Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Concerto for Saxophone with Oskars Petrauskis as soloist, the Riga Chamber Choir AVE SOL male group, and Orests Silabriedis. Supported by: the Ministry of Culture of the Latvian Republic, the State Culture Capital Foundation and Liepāja city.
The Festival will close with music by Beethoven, whose grand anniversary will be celebrated in 2020.
The programme will start with the “Fidelio” Overture and continue with Piano Concerto No. 4. It is one of the most beautiful works of this genre of all times – a surreal fantasy, conversation with pauses of silence, and moonlight, which take to a different reality. Armands Ābols’ intelligent, manly, considerate and refined musical thinking is perfect for playing this brilliant concerto.
Maija Kovaļevska will perform the longing aria of opera singer Floria Toska, the fragile story of Spanish girl Mikaela and of Parisian seamstress Mimi. We will be able to admire the orchestral colours and scope in the Overture of Verdi’s opera “Sicilian Vesper” and in fragments from Bizet’s “Carmen” and in Puccini’s quietly contemplative miniature “Chrysanthemums”.
The orchestra will be conducted by Aivars Lakstīgala who is well known to Liepāja audience and whose talent is blossoming in performing the emotional music of Romanticism as well as when interpreting the brilliant music by Beethoven.
Maija KOVAĻEVSKA – soprano
Armands ĀBOLS – piano
Conductor Atvars LAKSTĪGALA
Ludwig van BEETHOVEN, Georg BIZET, Giacomo PUCCINI, Giuseppe VERDI