Experience Great Amber
Excellent acoustics and functionality for your planned event: for symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, jazz orchestra, choir, pop music (with  sound systems), ballet and other performances as well as for congresses, conferences, etc. Maximum number of seats: 1000.
Excellent acoustics for chamber music concerts. Great functionality for seminars, lectures, banquets and corporate events. Area: 170 m2. Maximum number of seats: 200 (144 in the hall, 56 in the balcony).
Particularly suitable for theatre performances, conferences, seminars and corporate events. The hall has a panoramic view to the city. Area: 151.9 m2. Number of seats: 150 (placement of hall’s seats can be changed and adjusted to event’s objective).

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10. decembrī koncertzālē " Lielais dzintars" plkst. 17:00 savas gada jubilejas svinības kopā ar Liepājas Simfonisko Orķestri , Inesi Šuļžanoku, Juri Vizbuli, kā arī
grupu "Dabasu durovys" atzīmēs Radio Marija Latvija.


Ielūgumus uz koncertu pret vēlamo ziedojumu ( 5 eiro apmērā* ) var saņemt Radio Marija Latvija studijā, Rīgā, O.Vācieša ielā 6, un Liepājā, Sv. Jāzepa katedrālē.
*ziedojumi tiks izmantoti jaunas Radio Marija Latvija frekvences izveidei Valkā


Norises vieta: Lielā zāle
Organizē: Biedrība Radio Marija Latvija


Participants: Māris Briežkalns’ quintet (Māris Briežkalns – percussion instruments, Gints Pabērzs - saxophone, Edvīns Ozols - bass, Viktors Ritovs - keyboard, Raimonds Macats - keyboard)

Agenda: Lolita Ritmanis,Ēriks Ešenvalds,Arturs Maskats; Rihards Dubra; Pēteris Vasks; Jēkabs Jančevskis; Vilnis Šmīdbergs;Jēkabs Nīmanis; Georgs Pelēcis; Raimonds Pauls

The unique Latvian audio-visual project Rothko in Jazz was inspired by the work of artist Mark Rothko, born in Daugavpils. Project is implemented in several stages, and it is based on the synergy of music and artwork. The music motives for this project were created by 10 Latvian composers. They were later harmonized by the quintet led by Māris Briežkalns. The creation of this project was fully supported by Mark Rothko’s successors – Kate Rothko Prizel and Christopher Rothko. The premiere of the project Rothko in Jazz was in April 29, 2015, Kennedy Center, Washington DC, USA. The overall mood of the project is close to minimalism and asceticism, which the artist tried to represent in his paintings.

Tickets are available at any „Biļešu paradīze“ booking-office in Latvia as well as online.
Winter concert series „Turn on the light“ with chamber music and jazz concerts will take place at „Great Amber“ chamber Hall and
„Promenade hotel “ Hiks Hall.
Discounts available for pupils, students and seniors.
For children under the age of 7 (if an additional seat is not needed) - no entrance fee.


Place: Chamber Hall
Tickets: EUR 7-15
Organiser: Foundation VIA CULTURA


Did you know that each song has its picture? The Magic Wardrobe has illustrated the songs. Singing pictures! See and hear the bears in sleep and hens in snow so deep, a lonely moon in a thin thread… The main artists are in colour up to their ears and are ready for the new programme.


Free entrance for children up to 4 years old


Place: Great Hall

Organiser: Magic Wardrobe



A tale of love. With Shakespeare’s peripeteia in mind, the performance will try to understand how composers understand and translate love in their music.

Performers:
Ieva Parša (mezzo soprano)
Armands SIliņš (baritone)
Herta Hansen (piano)
Ēriks Kiršfelds (cello).

Place: Chamber Hall
Tickets: EUR 5-9
Organiser: Great Amber

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20/12/2016
Tuesday 19:00


The composer Jānis Lūsēns will gather two great and powerful voices – Andris Ērglis and Annija Putniņa.
Violinist Raimonds Ozols, bell ensemble Primus, Jānis Lūsēns instrumental band and Liepāja mixed choir “Laiks” collaborate to create the programme “To warm you up”.

Place: Great Hall
Tickets: EUR 12-20
Organiser: Entertainment production company 7

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21/12/2016
wednesday 19:00

Programme:

Music by Rihards Dubra, Pēteris Vasks, Arvo Perts, Ēriks Ešenvalds and Andrejs Selickis

The concert programme will be performed during the darkest time of the year, when the human spirit is tired of darkness and longs for the light.

Performers: Latvian Radio Choir and the chamber orchestra Sinfonietta Riga

Conductor: Sigvards Kļava.


Place: Great Hall
Tickets: EUR 6-12
Organiser: Great Amber

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23/12/2016
Friday 19:00

Programme:

Rihards Dubra – Christmas oratorio

Oratorio in Natali Gaudio for mezzo-soprano, tenor, mixed choir and chamber orchestra

Performers: State Academic Choir LATVIJA, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra

Soloists:
Laura Grecka (mezzo soprano)
Mihail Chulpaev (tenor).

Conductor: Atvars Lakstīgala.



Place: Great Hall
Tickets: EUR 10-20
Organiser: Liepāja Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with Great Amber


Performers: Jazeps Medins 1st Music School of Riga boys' choir, Zigfrīds Muktupāvels, band "Bet, Bet"

Conductor: Romāns Vanags

Place: Great Hall
Tickets: EUR 15-25
Organiser: Association Ars Nova


Participants: vocal band “Putni” (led by Antra Dreģe) and Ekaterina Suvorova (harp), soloists - Iveta Romancāne, Agnese Urka and Ilona Dzērve – Tālute.


Agenda: Benjamin Britten, John Rutter, Jāzeps Vītols, Håkan Sundin, Silvija Silava.

The sincere and serene music, which cleanses and exhilarates the soul, is perfect for this time, as it harmoniously vibrates sublime feelings in every person. The concert “Christmas songs” gathers beautiful pieces, composed by native and foreign authors, in which sacred and folk traditions, which have existed in Europe alongside for centuries, organically interact.
The concert revolves around song cycles of two British composers - Benjamin Britten (1913 – 1976) and John Rutter (1945) – for the female voices and harp. These song cycles have gained a wide recognition from the audience for their unique beautiful, virtuoso and colorful music. Alongside with Britten and Rutter’s music you will hear songs by Latvian choral classic Jāzeps Vītols, “Mary songs”, composed specially for the vocal band “Putni” and Ekaterina Suvorova by the Swedish composer Håkan Sundin as well as songs composed by Silvija Silava.

Tickets are available at any „Biļešu paradīze“ booking-office in Latvia as well as online.
Winter concert series „Turn on the light“ with chamber music and jazz concerts will take place at „Great Amber“ chamber Hall and „Promenade hotel“ Hiks Hall.
Discounts available for pupils, students and seniors.
For children under the age of 7 (if an additional seat is not needed) - no entrance fee.

Place: Chamber Hall
Tickets: EUR 7-15
Organiser: Foundation VIA CULTURA

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29/12/2016
Thursday 19:00

Programme:


popular melodies in an unusual arrangement

Performers: Liepājā Symphony Orchestra

Soloists: Elīna Šimkus
Daumants Kalniņš
Zigfrīds Muktupāvels
Egīls Šēfers (clarinet)
Uldis Marhilēvičs (piano)

Conductor: Kaspars Ādamsons


Place: Great Hall
Tickets: EUR 15-35
Organiser: Liepāja Symphony Orchestra


Director: Galina Polishchuk

Character of the man: Herberts Laukšteins


Staging after Bengt Ahlfors play The man who refused to use the elevator on the Great Amber Experimental Stage – monologue of an old, lonely man and his dialogue with an elevator about happiness, dreams and reality.


Venue: EXPERIMENTAL STAGE

Organiser: Liepāja Theatre in collaboration with Great Amber

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30/12/2016
Friday 19:00
Programme:

popular melodies in an unusual arrangement
Performers: Liepājā Symphony Orchestra

Soloists: Elīna Šimkus
Daumants Kalniņš
Zigfrīds Muktupāvels
Egīls Šēfers (clarinet)
Uldis Marhilēvičs (piano).

Conductor: Kaspars Ādamsons.


Place: Great Hall
Tickets: EUR 15-35
Organiser: Liepāja Symphony Orchestra

January


Lūdzam nodrošināt klusumu ēkā.
Norises vieta: Lielā zāle
Organizē: “Liepājas Simfoniskais orķestris”


Lūdzam nodrošināt klusumu ēkā.
Norises vieta: Lielā zāle
Organizē: “Liepājas Simfoniskais orķestris”


Lūdzam nodrošināt klusumu ēkā.
Norises vieta: Lielā zāle
Organizē: “Liepājas Simfoniskais orķestris”


Conductor and Artistic Director of the production: John Fiore (USA)

Roles:
Maria Stuarda, Queen of Scotland – Marina Rebeka (soprano, Latvia)
Elisabetta, Queen of England – Katja Levin (soprano, Russia/Germany)
Roberto, Earl of Leicester – Bulent Bezduz (tenor, Turkey)
Giorgio Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury - Ghianluca Margheri (bass baritone, Italy)

Participating: Latvian Festival Orchestra, State Academic Choir “Latvija”

Cruel struggle for power in 16th century England, unfulfilled love, jealousy… and death. 180 years after its scandalous premiere at Milan’s La Scala for the first time the passions of opera Maria Stuarda composed by Italian bel canto genius Gaetano Donizetti will be recreated in Latvia’s best concert halls. The title role in this masterpiece, once banned by censorship and forgotten for more than a century, will be performed by the favourite of audiences and music critics, disarmingly endearing Latvian superstar of international renown Marina Rebeka (soprano).
The role of Maria’s rival and cousin, Queen Elisabetta of England will be sung by the talented and promising Russian soprano Katja Levin. The role of Maria Stuarda’s lover Roberto, Earl of Leicester will be entrusted to the Turkish tenor Bulent Bezduz, who has captivated Latvian audience before as Sir Edgardo in Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor at the Latvian National Opera. The role of the Earl of Shrewsbury, Giorgio Talbot will be performed by the highly demanded Italian bass baritone, expert of 18th and 19th century Italian opera music Ghianluca Margheri.

The Latvian Festival Orchestra, formed by the best members of the nation’s orchestras, will be conducted by the experienced and respected American maestro John Fiore, for whom, just as for Mr Margheri, this will be the first appearance in Latvia.

Production supported by Rietumu Bank and its Charity Fund

Place: Great Hall
Tickets: EUR 25
Organiser: Concert agency Laba mūzika


Lūdzam nodrošināt klusumu ēkā.
Norises vieta: Lielā zāle
Organizē: “Liepājas Simfoniskais orķestris”


Lūdzam nodrošināt klusumu ēkā.
Norises vieta: Lielā zāle
Organizē: “Liepājas Simfoniskais orķestris”


Director: Galina Polishchuk
Character of the man: Herberts Laukšteins

Staging after Bengt Ahlfors play The man who refused to use the elevator on the Great Amber Experimental Stage – monologue of an old, lonely man and his dialogue with an elevator about happiness, dreams and reality.

Venue: EXPERIMENTAL STAGE
Organiser: Liepāja Theatre in collaboration with Great Amber

Programmā:

J. Vītola, E. Dārziņa, A. Kalniņa, P. Barisona, V. Dārziņa, L. Garūtas, R. Paula, I. Kalniņa, P. Vaska, S. Mences, M. Brauna, Z. Liepiņa, J. Lūsēna, U. Prauliņa, I. Rupaines, V. Zilvera skaņdarbi.

Piedalās:

Liepājas Tautas mākslas un kultūras centra jauktie kori:

„INTIS” /diriģente Ilze Valce, kormeistars Kārlis Millers/

„Kursa” /diriģente Ilze Āboliņa/

„Laiks” /diriģente Ilze Balode/

„Lauma” /diriģente Mirdza Paipare/

„Līva” /diriģents Jēkabs Ozoliņš/

sieviešu koris „Aija” /diriģente Gunta Vite, kormeistare Antra Berga/

Liepājas Universitātes sieviešu koris „Atbalss” /mākslinieciskā vadītāja Ilze Valce, diriģente Olga Blauzde/

Aizputes novada Cīravas pagasta jauktais koris /diriģente Sintija Pīrāga/

Kazdangas pagasta jauktais koris /diriģente Baiba Kalniņa/

Aizputes pilsētas jauktais koris „Kurzeme” /diriģents Ēriks Eglītis/

Grobiņas pilsētas jauktais koris „Vēl” /diriģente Anita Elere/

Durbes sieviešu koris „Durbe” /diriģents Renārs Juzups/

Nīcas sieviešu koris /diriģente Līga Amerika – Ansiņa/,

Nīcas vīru koris /diriģents Jēkabs Ozoliņš/

Pāvilostas sieviešu koris „Sīga” /diriģente Liene Breča/

Priekules novada sieviešu koris /diriģente Gunta Vite, kormeistare Skaidra Klasiņa/

Liepājas Valsts 1. ģimnāzijas jauktais koris /diriģents Jēkabs Ozoliņš/

Liepājas Bērnu un jauniešu centra jauktais koris „Reverberācija” /diriģents Andris Mockus/

Liepājas 2. mūzikas skolas koris /diriģente Olga Blauzde/


Bezmaksas ielūgumi pieejami SIA “Biļešu Paradīze” kasēs visā Latvijā no 2016. gada 15. decembra.



Koncerts vienā daļā: Ilgums - 2 stundas

Norises vieta: Lielā zāle

Organizē: Liepājas Tautas mākslas un kultūras centrs sadarbībā ar Aizputes, Durbes, Grobiņas, Nīcas, Pāvilostas, Priekules pašvaldībām

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27/01/2017
friday 19:00

Programme:


Andris Vecumnieks – Sinfonia C (world first performance)

Bedřich Smetana – Symphonic poem, Vltava from the cycle My Homeland

Peter Tchaikovsky – Piano Concerto No. 1, Op. 23

Performers: Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, Liepāja Bell Choir Campanella

Conductor: Atvars Lakstīgala

Soloist: Kasparas Uinskas (piano, Lithuania)


Place: Great Hall

Tickets: EUR 10-20

Organiser: Liepāja Symphony Orchestra



Alaska Dreamers mūzika ir viegls sajaukums starp soul, r’n’b, post-rock, blūza, džeza un folka mūziku. Grupa dibināta 2012.gadā kā radošs eksperiments starp basistu, komponistu Reini Ozoliņu un bundzinieku Rūdolfu Dankfeldu. Laikam ejot sastāvam pievienojās neatkārtojamā vokāla īpašniece Kristīne Prauliņa. Šobrīd grupas sastāvā apvienojušies šī brīža spožākie Latvijas jaunās paaudzes mūziķi.

Grupai raksturīgs dvēselisks un pasaulīgs skanējums, personīga pieeja katram no saviem klausītājiem, katru uzrunājot un neatstājot vienaldzīgu. Ar radīto orģinālmūziku grupa līdz klausītājam vēlās nodot miera, gaišuma un mazliet bezrūpības sajūtu, uz brīdi liekot aizmirsties no ikdienišķajām rūpēm un ļaujoties muzikālajam piedzīvojumam.

Koncertprogramma “Rise”, tulkojumā no angļu valodas 'celties', ir kā simbolisks apzīmējums mūsu dzīves kustībai un jaunradītajai mūzikai. Koncerts ir lieliska pirmsskaņa pirms gaidāmā albuma ieraksta rudenī.


Mūzika: Reinis Ozoliņš

Tekstu autore: Kristīne Prauliņa

Piedalās:

Kristīne Prauliņa (vokāls)

Reinis Ozoliņš (bass/bekvokāls)

Rūdolfs Dankfelds (bungas)

Jānis Ruņģis (ģitāra)

Jānis Kalniņš (ģitāra)

Oskars Ozoloņš (trompete)

Kristaps Lubovs (saksofons)

Laura Rozenberga (trombons)

Ritvars Garoza (klavieres)

Migels Andress Ernendess Giraldi (sitaminstrumenti)

Mārcis Vasiļevskis (ģitāra)

Gustavs Erenpreiss

Norises vieta: Lielā zāle

Organizē: Lielais dzintars

Biļetes: 7 - 12 EUR


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!

Currently, there are no vacancies available.

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Concert hall

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  „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

Services

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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