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Kaspars Teodors Brambergs
Ginters Krumholcs
Liene Mackus
Egons Peršēvics
Andris Prigičevs


Starting from March 24th art venue Civita Nova located in concert hall“Great Amber” presents works by five Latvian artists under the title Searchings.

Along with large scale paintings, the exhibition includes finely animated plasticine landscapes, playful ready-made mise-en-scènes and sculptures saturated with subtexts. Searchings within this contexts can be revealed on many levels – they’re very practical solutions concerning form, material and means of artistic expression, as well as socially active commentary on current events and deviations of society, and spiritual quest. These objects claim to be perceived as something similar to road signs showing the way to a place  that isn’t attached to physical reality – a place without the junk of pop culture, corrupted politicians,  pollution of the urban environment and the individual thought.

Up until summer the citizens and guests of Liepāja are welcome to get to know the multimedia works by Kaspars Teodors Brambergs, Ginters Krumholcs, Liene Mackus and locals Egons Peršēvičs and Andris Prigičevs.

Place: Art space Civita Nova

Curated by Andris Vītoliņš, Elīna Sproģe

Exhibition design by Raimonds Kalējs

June
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26/06/2016
Sunday 13:00


Svētdien, 26.jūnijā liepājnieki un pilsētas viesi pulksten 13 laipni aicināti pievienoties ekskursijai pa koncertzāli “Lielais dzintars” gida pavadībā.

Vasaras sezonā ekskursijas pa tūristu iemīļoto objektu tiks piedāvātas katru svētdienu, vienotā laikā.

Sīkāka informācija par cenām un pieteikšanās, zvanot uz Informācijas centra tālruni 634 24 555.
July


Atzīmējot Polijas animācijas tradīciju 60.gadadienu, jūlija mēnesī koncertzāles mākslas telpā ‘’Civita Nova” būs skatāma multimediāla Polijas mākslinieku/animatoru viesizstāde.

Ekspozīcijā skatāmas 60 animācijas filmas, ko papildina animatoru radīti gleznojumi, skulptūras un dizaina elementi.

Izstāde būs apskatāma līdz 31. jūlijam.

Norises vieta: Mākslas telpa Civita Nova

Organizē: “Lielais dzintars”
Programme:
Antonio Vivaldi – “Spring” and “Winter”  from “The Four Seasons”
Astor Piazolla – Primavera Porteña and Invierno Porteño  from “The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires”
Niccolò Paganini – La Campanella
Pablo de Sarasate – “Gypsy Airs” Op. 20
Georges Bizet / Franz Waxman – “Carmen Fantasy”

Conductor
ATVARS LAKSTĪGALA

Soloists
EVGENIA GELEN / violin, Germany
EGOR GRECHISHNIKOV / violin, Germany


Venue: Great hall

Organised by:  LIEPĀJA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA


Atzīmējot Polijas animācijas tradīciju 60.gadadienu, jūlija mēnesī koncertzāles mākslas telpā ‘’Civita Nova” būs skatāma multimediāla Polijas mākslinieku/animatoru viesizstāde.

Ekspozīcijā skatāmas 60 animācijas filmas, ko papildina animatoru radīti gleznojumi, skulptūras un dizaina elementi.


Norises vieta: Mākslas telpa Civita Nova

Organizē: “Lielais dzintars”




Concert hall Great Amber, in collaboration with Latvian Concerts, offers the international music project “Mare Balticum” with the participation of Latvian Radio Big Band and famous Australian multi-instrumentalist James Morrison.

Latvian Radio Big Band has prepared a new programme that focuses on Latvian folklore. The programme consists of more than 10 unique compositions and Latvian Radio Big Band will perform it together with Australian multi-instrumentalist James Morrison, who is also the author and arranger of these compositions.

James Morrison is a great storyteller, doing it best with the assistance of music – he is an outstanding musician, performer, and adventurous Australian who knows how to live his life to the fullest!

“James Morrison is a phenomenal musician – there is no doubt! The heights of fame and professionalism that could only be reached with some difficulty, even for the most talented musicians, James achieves without any special effort. For him, playing instruments is the same as breathing and walking for us – mere mortals. He just does it!” – britishtrombonesociety


Duration: 90 minutes

Venue: Great Hall

Organised by Great Amber in collaboration with Latvian Concerts

Programme
Manuel de Falla – Fantasia baetica
Jonathan Harvey – Le Tombeau de Messiaen
Francois-Bernard Mache – Nocturne for piano and electronics
Yannis Xenakis – “Mists”
Pierre Jodlowski – Série Blanch, Série Noire

Soloist:
WILHEM LATCHOUMIA / piano, France


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09/07/2016
Saturday 19:00


Participating:
Kārlis KAZĀKS, Māris BĪMANIS, Gundars GRASBERGS

In the evening of 9 July, music will interlace with poetry in the Chamber Hall of Great Amber. Actor Gundars Grasbergs, together with musicians Kārlis Kazāks and Māris Bīmanis, will tell their story about the world in which they have grown up and which they continue to create. Lyrics of Latvian poets via the music of Kārlis Kazāks. A story of roots, orientation and love. From folk song to ourselves and the present time. Maybe it is just a coincidence that all three of them have grown up at the same time, in the same city and on the same street; and they talk about the path from humble beginnings to where they are now.

Poetry and musical evening “Feelings” is an attempt to capture time, words and music, together.


Lighting designer: Lienīte SLIŠĀNE
Producer: Ilze BLAUBERGA


Venue: Chamber Hall

Organised by Great Amber

Programme
Songs of Kārlis Lācis, Raimonds Pauls, Elena Vaenga

LIEPĀJA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
ABONEMENTA ORCHESTRA (Kārlis Lācis, Kaspars Zemītis, Gints Pabērzs, Edvīns Ozols, Kaspars Grigalis, Karīna Tropa, Vineta Elksne)


There are three concerts by Intars Busulis and Abonementa orchestra planned in a long-awaited cooperation with Liepāja Symphony Orchestra. However it doesn’t mean that this will be an academic music evening, this will be a challenge for the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra to learn a new, non-academic music material, to accept Intars’ style of performing and even choreography. There will be funny awkward moments as well. The concert programme consists of last year’s best songs that are very well known and beloved in Latvia and Russia. The songs will be performed in Latvian as well as in Russian. The very special dish of the concert evening will be the premieres of the new songs that are now in the process of making by Intars Busulis, Abonementa orchestra and the composer Kārlis Lācis.


Venue: Great Hall

Organized by: LIEPĀJA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Programme
Songs of Kārlis Lācis, Raimonds Pauls, Elena Vaenga

LIEPĀJA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
ABONEMENTA ORCHESTRA (Kārlis Lācis, Kaspars Zemītis, Gints Pabērzs, Edvīns Ozols, Kaspars Grigalis, Karīna Tropa, Vineta Elksne)

There are three concerts by Intars Busulis and Abonementa orchestra planned in a long-awaited cooperation with Liepāja Symphony Orchestra. However it doesn’t mean that this will be an academic music evening, this will be a challenge for the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra to learn a new, non-academic music material, to accept Intars’ style of performing and even choreography. There will be funny awkward moments as well. The concert programme consists of last year’s best songs that are very well known and beloved in Latvia and Russia. The songs will be performed in Latvian as well as in Russian. The very special dish of the concert evening will be the premieres of the new songs that are now in the process of making by Intars Busulis, Abonementa orchestra and the composer Kārlis Lācis.

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16/07/2016
Saturday 19:00

Programme:
Leonard Bernstein “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story”, Felix Mendelssohn “Violin concerto in E minor”, Silvestre Revueltas “Noche de los Mayas”.

Led by conductor Plácido Domingo, YOA is a world-class symphony orchestra of gifted young musicians from the TOP 20 orchestras of the world – Amsterdam Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, The Berlin Philharmonic, The San Francisco Symphony and others.


Organised by Great Amber

Programme
Johann Sebastian Bach – Gavotte from Cello Suite No .6 in D, BWV 1012
Joseph Haydn – Duet for Violin and Cello in D major  
Franz Schubert – String Trio  in B-flat major,  D. 471
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – String Quartet in D Minor, K. 421
Pyotr Tchaikovsky – String Sextet in D minor Souvenir de Florence, Op. 70

ALEKSEJS LUNDINS / violin
EVA BINDERE / violin
ERIK WENBO XU / viola, Germany
ARTŪRS GAILIS / viola
KRISTĪNE BLAUMANE / cello
IVARS BEZPROZVANOVS / cello


About

In the city of Liepāja, the dream of a grand concert hall of its own has been alive for almost a century. Already at the end of the 19th century, in 1896, the City Council made a decision to start saving money for the construction of its concert hall. In 2015, this dream has finally been realized – the „Great Amber” has been built to become a regional centre of culture and events, as well as home to the Liepāja Symphony orchestra, Emils Melngailis Liepaja Music Secondary School and to the concert hall’s manager and creator of the programme - „Lielais Dzintars”, Ltd.
The concert hall „Great Amber” comprises eight stories of 14’126 m². It has three concert halls – the Great Hall with 1010 seats, the Chamber Hall with 200 seats and the Experimental Stage with 150 seats, in addition to public events spaces Civita Nova, a coffee shop and a restaurant.


At the basis of the architectural concept of the concert hall, created by the excellent Austrian architect Prof. Volker Giencke, lies amber – the symbol of Liepāja and the Baltic Sea, as well as the concert hall’s function as a cultural and arts centre. Thus, its architecture is a portrait of music, frozen in time and in amber.

Its acoustics have been created by world leaders in their fields – Prof. Karlheinz Müller of Müller BBM, Germany, and Prof. Christian Bartenbach of Bartenbach, Germany, respectively.The city of

Liepāja is like a lagoon, located between the Baltic Sea and the Liepāja lake. It is the third largest city in Latvia and its capital of music. Seems only natural that it now also has its own „Great Amber” concert hall.

The shape, unique interior and excellent acoustics of „Great Amber” permit to say that a visit to this centre of the culture of the Baltic Sea region will surely become an unforgettable experience!

SIA "Lielais Dzintars" aicina savai komandai pievienoties pieredzējušu elektriķi pilnas slodzes darbam Liepājas koncertzālē
Prasības:
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-       Augsta atbildības sajūta, precizitāte
-       Iniciatīva un radoša pieeja ikdienas darbam

Mēs piedāvājam:

-       Interesantu, dinamisku un daudzveidīgu darbu radošā vidē
-       Motivējošu atalgojumu

Jūsu pieteikuma vēstuli un CV gaidīsim uz e-pastu krista.nelsone-zaze@greatamber.lv līdz 22.jūnijam. Sazināsimies tikai ar tiem kandidātiem, kas būs iekļauti otrajā atlases kārtā!
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VOLKER GIENCKE was acknowledged from the start of his career as an outstanding figure among young Austrian architects, he won numerous awards and gained international recognition.
As an architect and a university lecturer he was a founding member of the  Graz School of Architecture, a movement that has achieved worldwide fame as the "Genius of Graz".
Volker Giencke has remained an independent force as an architect until today.
His work includes the giant glasshouses in the University of Graz Botanical Gardens, the Austrian Pavilion at EXPO ´92 in Seville, the « Odörfer » Exhibition Hall in Klagenfurt, the Hotel Speicher Barth in Germany - converted from a harbour grain elevator, or most recently the «Great Amber » Concert Hall in Liepaja. Each of these buildings is an icon of a global architecture.
As chairman of ./studio 3 at the University of Innsbruck, he has raised the architecture faculty to the first rank among international architecture schools.
Volker Giencke studied architecture and philosophy. He has taught at Yale, the Universidad de Buenos Aires, Rizvi College Bombay and at University College London. He is a Member of the Latvian Chamber of Architects, an Honorary Member of the Association of German Architects (BDA) and a Member of the European Academy for Science and the Arts.

The acoustics of the concert hall has been created by Prof. Karlheinz Müller of Müller-BBM (Germany), one of the world’s leading specialists in the field, responsible for the acoustical solutions in theatres and concert halls in New York, Beijing, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Salzburg, Venice, Rome and other capitals of music and culture.
The architectural idea of the concert hall „Great Amber” was created in 2003, when the concept of Prof. Volker Giencke won at the worldwide competition initiated by Imants Resnis, at the time – head of the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, and organized by the Liepāja City Council and the Latvian Association of Architects.

A truly international team of Austrian, German and Latvian experts and an overall of 24 offices has worked on the project of the concert hall under the supervision of uzņēmuma „Volker Giencke & Company”.

PROJECT HISTORY
2003 – worldwide competition of architectural concepts
2004 – adaptation project
2006 – design project
2008 – 2011 – technical project
1 August 2013 – the contract on construction and author’s supervision signed
4 October 2013 – beginning of construction
30 August 2014 – ridgepole celebrations, the constructino of „Great Amber“ reaches its highest peak – 30 metres.
12 August 2015 – the building is commissioned

CREATORS OF THE PROJECT
Building structure – Johann Birner (Zivilingenieur für Bauwesen, Austria)
Stage technologies – Buhnenplannung Walter Kottke Ingenieure GmbH (Germany)
Light technologies – Bartenbach Lichtlabor GmbH (Austria)
Acoustics - Prof. Karlheinz Müller, Müller BBM (Germany)

CONSTRUCTION
Built by Merks, Ltd. (Latvia)

Residents

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra is an orchestra with a unique sound. Beauty and truth, experience and passion, directness and thoughtfulness meet in the sound of this orchestra. The unique amber sound of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra has originated in a unique place at the Baltic Sea – in Liepāja. The windy city has inveterate culture traditions. The very first Philharmonic Association with a symphony orchestra in the Baltic States was established in Liepāja. An Opera-house was active for a long time there. The heart of Latvian rock also beats in Liepaja; once there was a time, when sounds of jazz big bands and other ensembles were an important part of everyday life in Liepāja.

During more than a hundred years, the sound of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra has grown into a recognizable, classical and unquestionable value. Conductors, soloists and listeners readily come back to the fascinating amber sound, relishing the professional and emotional quality of the orchestra performance. When listening to the sound of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, one may hear appreciation for music, desire to give away the best, sincerity and a body of unique talents, composed by the musicians of the orchestra.

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra is a classical symphony collective that holds to the traditions of the grand European symphony. The power of this orchestra lies within the competence of playing European classical and romantic music. Proficiency of playing jazz and rock music as well lets the orchestra speak to a very wide audience, and to make more and more new contacts. Love for the music unites Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and people all around the world, irrespective of their age, color of their skin or profession.


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Emils Melngailis Liepaja Music Secondary School is currently the only secondary level educational institution majoring in music in the region of South Kurzeme. There are 430 students in Liepaja Music Secondary School and Liepaja Children's Music School.

The school (Liepaja Conservatorium) was founded in 1922 by Latvian composer, conductor and organist Adolfs Abele. The school has the name of Emils Melngailis since 1954.

Liepaja Music Secondary School offers various educational programmes (curriculum) - String Instruments, Percussions, Brass Instruments, Keyboard Instruments, Vocal Music, Conducting, History of Music, Music Theory. Recently the school has offered: Jazz and Popular Music, Management of Music Projects.

Students have wide opportunities to take part in master classes, to take part in exchange programmes and creative projects. There are different school groups: mixed choir Mare, female and male choirs, bell group Campanella, orchestras and bigband.

There is one goal to be reached - to educate the new generation, so that they are strong and confident, and are able to form the culture of Liepaja and Latvia, which we consider to be one of our biggest values.

Catering at the concert hall is provided by Tinto, Ltd.

www.tinto.lv

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Excellent acoustics and functionality

“Great Amber” offers an opportunity to explore the multifunctional centre in a guided group tour.


Please send the applications to e-mail: guests@greatamber.lv

Information Centre provides the opportunity to purchase tickets to all events taking place in Concert Hall “Great Amber”, as well as for events anywhere in Latvia.

In the Information Centre visitors will be able to apply for tours of the “Great Amber”, receive information about Liepāja city, as well as purchase souvenirs.


Opening hours of the Information centre:


Monday – Saturday:  10.00 – 20.00
Sunday:  10.00 - 15. 00


Contacts:

Info line: + 371  6 34 24555
E-mail: guests@greatabmer.lv


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