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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29/12/2016 -
26/01/2017


Izstādē „Apgaismības nokrišņi” 10 Latvijas mākslinieki - Aleksejs Naumovs, Egils Rozenbergs, Kristiāns Brekte, Ivars Drulle, Kristaps Zariņš, Sabīne Vernere, Arnis Balčus, Egons Peršēvics, Uldis Rubezis un Andris Vītoliņš - caur savu personīgo pieeju paudīs individuālo skatījumu uz pasaulē notiekošo.   

“Šogad uz pasaules politiskās skatuves ir uzlēkušas vairākas kontroversiālas personības, kas intelektuāļu mazākumam liek runāt par kāda laikmeta norietu. Brīžiem racionālais prāts kļūst par sekundāru cilvēka piedēkli priekšplānā izvirzot reliģiski – fatālistiskus instinktus. Kaut kam, protams, var piekrist, piemēram, juceklim starp cilvēciskajām vērtībām, taču vienlaikus jāpiebilst, ka patiesības meklējumos ir viegli pazaudēties sociālo mediju dezorientēto cilvēku korī,” pirms izstādes atklāšanas stāsta kurators Andris Vītoliņš.

Vairāki mākslas darbi, piemēram, Ulda Rubeža, Egona Peršēvica un Sabīnes Verneres objekti radīti īpaši mākslas telpai Civita Nova, savukārt Kristiāna Brektes un Alekseja Naumova darbi šajā izstādē piedzīvos Latvijas pirmizrādi.

Izstāde līdz 12. februārim bez ieejas maksas būs skatāma ik dienu koncertzāles darba laikā pirmā stāva mākslas telpā Civita Nova.


Norises vieta: Mākslas telpa Civita Nova

Organizē: Lielais dzintars
January
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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


February
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01/02/2017
wednesday 19:00
Program:
Silk Road & Fuchun Mountain Capriccio

1. The King's Farewell to His Lady 10’
Composer:Guan Xia
Arrangement:Zhang Lie
Soloist:Zheng Peiqing

2. The Silk Road 12’
Composer: Jiang Ying

3. Dabo River Capriccio 7’
Composer: He Xuntian

4. Old Locust Trees Seek for Their Roots 10’
Composer: Zhao Jiping

Intermission

Dwelling in the Fuchun Mountain Capriccio 30’

3rd Movement: Listening to the Wind
Composer: Jiang Ying

2nd Movement: Flowing Water, Floating Clouds
Composer: Liu Yuan

4th Movement: Qiu Shan Wen Dao
Composer: Liu Yuan


Orchestra: Shaanxi Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra & Zhejiang Traditional Orchestra

Conductor: Mr. Zhang Lie

Solists: Fan Cong (Guanzi)

             Lv Tingting (Erhu)


Two very traditional and beautiful Chinese orchestras from the North and South of China will be presented.- Shaanxi Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra (North of China) and Zhejiang Traditional Orchestra (South of China).


The title of the concert program - “Silk Road & Fuchun Mountain Capriccio” contains the typical characters of the two regions: The famous Silk Road started in Shaanxi province in the old time and Fuchun Mountain is very famous for its beautiful landscape which is located in Zhejiang province. This program will show the audience the flairs of the Southern and Northern China.  


Zhejiang Traditional Orchestra - etablished in 1957 has gained reputation home and abroad under the lead of Zhejiang Song and Dance Theater for its distinctive music of Zhejiang area. Over years delication in sorting, studying and developing traditional music, numerous productions have been created to demonstrate the local flirtatious expressions of Zhejiang area. Orchestra has represented Zhejiang Province visiting scores of countries and regions such like the US, Germany, Finland, Japan and Malaysia, winning high attention of local cities and influential medias. Since 1980s, the orchestra has absorbed batches of excellent graduates from conservatories, making the group infinite vitality.


Shaanxi Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra -  founded in 1950, is one of the oldest and the most professional Chinese traditional orchestras in Western China. For over 60 years, the orchestra has witnessed the growth of a great number of famous traditional Chinese artists. Orchestra also has participated in many foreign cultural affairs since its establishment, representing Shannxi Province. It has won numerous first prizes in the major instrumental competitions in China. Due to its strong dedication to the development of Chinese traditional music, the orchestra nowadays possesses of a broad range of fine soloists that inspire the audience worldwide.


The Grand Chinese New Year Concert will celebrate the 20th Anniversary in 2017. It began with the concert in the Musikverein, Vienna in 1998 and now has been held worldwide at the Chinese New Year period to commemorate the Chinese New Year. The audience can experience the music culture of China with long history. The music is exotic and filled with very colourful sounds. The Asian traditional music is now welcomed as a resource for the contemporary music in Western music world. Also for the concert, the real Chinese traditional instruments will be played which are normally only used in China.  


Tickets are available at any „Biļešu paradīze“ booking-office in Latvia as well as online - www.bilesuparadize.lv

More information: http://www.chinamusic.eu/


Place: Great Hall

Organiser: Great Amber in collaboration with Wu Promotion

Tickets: 5 - 16 EUR

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04/02/2016
Saturday 21:30



The local musician Gatis Irbe with his new hip hop project Mesa will have a special tour in February and March “Triptych”. Songs from the first studio album, as well as new songs will be performed live. 


Place: Great Hall

Tickets: EUR 10-30

Organiser: Disco



The French pianist will perform with a string orchestra. This is the second time that Liepāja Symphony Orchestra has the chance to cooperate with the pianist and arranger who has conquered countless hearts all around the world.

Place: Great Hall
Tickets: EUR 50-80
Organiser: Passport productions

Programme:


includes first performances in Latvia -

Karl Jenkins – Stabat Mater, 

Howard Goodall – Eternal Light 

Performers:

Liepāja Symphony Orchestra

choir Laiks

choir Amenda

choir Vaiņode

choir Līva


Soloists: Ieva Parša (alto), Ieva Dreimane (soprano), Ivars Cinkus (baritone)


Conductors: Jēkabs Ozoliņš, Ilze Balode


Place: Great Hall

Tickets: EUR 4-8

Organiser: Great Amber



2016. gada 9. novembrī, grupa “Astro’n’out” nākusi klajā ar jaunu singlu “Satiksimies, tiksimies”, kas ir viena no 12 drīzumā gaidāmā albuma “URDA” un koncertprogrammā iekļautajām kompozīcijām. Grupa jaunā albuma ietvaros izsludina Latvijas koncerttūri, kas norisināsies no 2017. gada 10. februāra līdz 15. aprīlim.  

Jaunā singla aizmetņi tapa grupas radošajā nometnē Kuldīgā, vairākas dienas dzīvojot kopā draugu mājās, pozitīvā sacensībā sadaloties komandās un radot pamata sajūtu pēc iespējas īsākā laikā. Tās skanējumu jau no pirmajiem akordiem kopā ar grupu radījis arī albuma mūzikas producents un dziesmas līdzautors DJ Rudd. “Satiksimies, tiksimies” ir arī kā aicinājums atkal satikties koncertos.

Grupas soliste Māra Upmane-Holšteine: “Radot “Satiksimies, tiksimies” ļoti vēlējāmies radīt gaišu sajūtu. Dziesmai cauri vijas visa albuma pamattēma – jautājumi, kas mūs urda un neiziet no prāta. Jautājumi par to, kur un kā mēs satiksimies.” Albums „URDA" salīdzinot ar iepriekšējiem grupas albumiem un koncertprogrammu būs personiskāks un atklās iekšējās pārdomas par pasaules kārtību, savu vietu tajā, laiku un vērtībām.


Koncerta biļetes pieejamas Biļešu servisa kasēs visā Latvijā un internetā www.bilesurserviss.lv

Vairāk informācijas: http://astronout.lv

Norises vieta: Lielā zāle
Organizē: Avantis Promo SIA


RIX klavieru kvartets ir dažādās pasaules malās dzīvojošu četru draugu un domubiedru grupa: pianists Jānis Maļeckis, vijolnieks Sandis Šteinbergs, altiste Ilze Kļava un čellists Reinis Birznieks.  
Kolektīvs pastāv jau 23 gadus un tā mūziķu sastāvs satiekas Latvijā, lai kopīgi veidotu koncertprogrammas un uzstātos Latvijas koncertzālēs. Kvarteta koncerti notikuši ASV, Čehijā, Īrijā kā arī Skandināvijas valstīs. Koncertprogrammā ietverti skaņdarbi, kas glezno Vīnes gaišo un nepiespiesto atmosfēru un kuru autori cieši saistīti ar šo pilsētu: Johannesa Brāmsa visgaišākais kamermūzikas šedevrs - Klavierkvartets Lamažorā un vēlīnā romantisma estētikā rakstītā Ērika Volfganga Korngolda svīta neparastam sastāvam - divām vijolēm, čellam un vien ar kreiso roku spēlējamām klavierēm.
Norises vieta: Kamerzāle
Organizē: Lielais dzintars
Biļetes: 7 - 12 eiro

The concert will include compositions from twentieth-century jazz, blues, musicals and movies belonging to the Golden Age of Hollywood, among them works by Cole Porter, Kurt Weill and Ray Charles. Songs such as 'Need a Little Sugar in my Bowl', 'Run, Rabbit, Run!', 'I Put a Spell on You', 'Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets', 'Cry me a River' and 'Stupid Cupid' will be reinvented in new instrumental colours. 


Nighttime. A shimmering sleeplessness.
Parallel realities, illusions. Dreams.
A game. A late-night touch.
Nightmares, sleeplessness. . .
Tenderness.

The surreality of sleep and the reality of awakening together with subtle and sometimes sudden transitions between these states will be a leitmotif of the programme 'After Midnight'. The singer and pianist Katrina Gupalo and the choreographer and dancer Gabija Bīriņa will explore experiences that range from sweet dreams to nightmares, from sanity to madness. A journey through subconscious terrains of mind will reveal passions, tenderness, paradoxical humour and self-irony. Unusual arrangements of classical compositions have been made for this event, they will be performed by one of the most sought-after and versatile Latvian pianists Andrejs Osokins and the percussionist Elvijs Endelis, known for his mastery of a wide variety of instruments, many of which will add special timbral colours to the programme. All these varied strands will be woven together by the singing of Katrina Gupalo, often characterised by dramatic contrasts and sensuality of voice, and by the expressive dancing, abundant in theatrical verve, by Gabija Bīriņa.

Laureate of the world’s most prominent piano competitions – including the Leeds, Rubinstein, Long-Thibaud, Queen Elisabeth and International German Piano Prize – Andrejs Osokins is one of the most sought-after Latvian pianists. He was described by critics as impeccably stylish, praised for his powerful intellect and charisma, wide expressive sound palette, notably convincing in many different styles of music. This season highlights included debuts in several important European concert halls: Auditorium La Verdi in Milan, the legendary Berliner Philharmonie and Konzerthaus Berlin to name just a few, as well as collaboration with Kremerata Baltica orchestra in Frankfurt Alte Oper, performance with Latvian National Orchestra under the button of Maestro Vladimir Fedoseyev and performance in Katara Cultural village Opera House with Maestro Pablo Mielgo.

Katrina Gupalo is internationally recognized as one of Latvia's most extraordinary musicians, currently studying at the Royal Academy of Music in London. Katrina is noted for her versatility as a musician - her repertoire ranges from Classicism to premieres of works by contemporary composers and forays into popular genres, and she performs both as a pianist and a singer (mezzo-soprano). She is famed for a poignant stage presence and vivid interpretations, which are partially due to her interest and additional education in theatre. She has collaborated with many distinguished pianists and musicians, including Alan Gilbert, Leon Fleisher, Thomas Ades, Christopher Elton, Jerome Lowenthal, Robert McDonald, Boris Berman, Dmitri Bashkirov and Mikhail Voskresensky. In 2015 Katrina has been selected as one of eight solo pianists for participation in the Music Academy of the West Festival in Santa Barbara, CA.




Choreographer, performance artist and modern ballet dancer Gabija Bīriņa is one of the most imaginative and vehement dancers in her generation. Gabija’s passionate and sensual performances has won her acclaim in Latvia and abroad. She studied in Danish National School of Theatre and Contemporary Dance in Copenhagen, as well as have had masterclasses in Paris, New York and Tbilisi. After work in Latvian National ballet company Gabija focused on creation of her original choreographies for several significant concert shows, among them ''Tā nav dzīve, tas ir kino''. As the dancer Ms Bīriņa has collaborated with main Latvian choreographers such as Indra Reinchold in the modern ballet shows, Lilija Lipora in dance theater company's STARS WELL produced shows and Līga Lasmane dance shows. Ms Bīriņa has participated in different international dance festivals in Turkey, Sweden, Israel and Great Britain.

Percussionist and drummer Elvijs Endelis is an uprising star in Latvian classical music scene. Mr Endelis has won main prices in various international competitions in Latvia and Lithuania; in 2013 he become a winner of prestigious Yamaha Foundation in Europe competition. Since successful participation in Latvian National Television contest for young musicians, he regularly appears on TV and all the main broadcasting media in Latvia. Elvijs has performed in masterclasses with Igor Lesnik, Marta Klimasara, Jonathan Haas, Emanuel Sejourne, Chin-Cheng Lin, Ludwig Albert, Gert Mortensen, Henrik Larsen and Andrei Pushkarev. Elvijs is an active chamber musician, he regularly performs with unique Latvian percussionist ensemble “Perpetuum Ritmico”, as well as participates in various experimental and crossover projects. He collaborates with main Latvian orchestras – Latvian National Opera orchestra, Latvian National Symphonic Orchestra, Chamber orchestra ”Sinfonietta Riga” and Liepaja Symphonic Orchestra.

Place: Great Hall
Tickets: EUR 7-15
Organiser: Great Amber


Performers: Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and composer Ēriks Ešenvalds

Concert host: Egīls Šēfers
Place: Great Hall
Tickets: EUR 2
Organiser: Liepāja Symphony Orchestra


Performers: Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and composer Ēriks Ešenvalds

Concert host: Egīls Šēfers

Place: Great Hall
Tickets: EUR 2
Organiser: Liepāja Symphony Orchestra


Performers: Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and composer Ēriks Ešenvalds

Concert host: Egīls Šēfers
Place: Great Hall
Tickets: EUR 2
Organiser: Liepāja Symphony Orchestra


“Subject: Creativity” conference to take place for third straight year

The conference has become the most anticipated event of the year in Latvia's creative industries. This year the key themes of the conference include search, transformation and discoveries. Speakers will share their stories of how to cross the border between thinking and doing and how to turn good ideas into commercially viable products. There will also be discussions about how to speak to people in an age of information abundance, how to make full use of one's creative resources and where to find them.

Experts from various fields and internationally acclaimed professionals will share their experiences – artist Džemma Skulme, businessman Andrejs Žagars, writer Gundega Repše,– scientist and physician at the University of Latvia Mārcis Auziņš, chef Mārtiņš Sirmais, producer Gundega Skudriņa,– head of the innovative Uber company in the Baltics Enn Metstar, Ingūna Elere and Holgers Elers, founders of H2E design studio, film director Andris Gauja, composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, journalist Sandijs Semjonovs, businessman Māris Gailis and others.

The conference will conclude with a special networking session. It will be moderated by experts and professionals from various sectors. During the networking session, participants will have an opportunity to expand their contacts, develop networking skills for achieving professional goals and share their experiences.

The last year 1000 participants attended the creative industry conference . “This conference was a big challenge for us as a team, and we had to be bold to make the next conference almost twice as big as the first. We succeeded, and now we are excited about working on the third conference,” organizers explained. When organizing the third conference they take inspiration from the positive reviews and suggestions given by previous years' participants.

Everyone interested is invited to register beforehand because the participation fee will increase as the conference day draws closer. This year it is also possible to follow the conference on a pay-per-view live online broadcast. The conference is organized by “Addiction” Communications Agency. For additional information about the conference and a registration form, see www.subjectcreativity.lv



Organiser: Addiction

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18/02/2017
saturday 16:00

A unique composition of Scott McAlister “Mercury on the Moon” will be played at the concert. The author refers to the composition as a conceptual symphony, creating it as a collage and including various symbolic quotes from classical music to pop and rock.


Performer: orchestra “Rīga”

Conductor: Valdis Butāns


Soloists:

Jānis Šipkēvics (voice)

Matīss Čudars (guitar)


Place: Great Hall

Organiser: Great Amber


Intīms iestudējums par pašu būtiskāko, kur atslēgas vārds kameriestudējumam - nostaļģija. Nostaļģija pēc mīlestības, patiesām, skaidrām, konkrētām lietām. Un ar ko gan vēl spēcīgāk uz skatuves var attēlot mīlestību, ja ne ar dzeju un mūziku. Skarbā, vīrišķīgā, eksistenciālā Klāva Elsberga dzeja un franču dziedātājas ZAZ maigā, sievišķīgā, dzīvespriecīgā mūzika. Mīlestību mēs katrs uztveram savādāk, kur nu vēl vīrietis un sieviete, taču arī šis dialogs caur konfliktu vedīs līdz kopsaucējam.


Režisors: Leons Leščinskis
Piedalās: Leons Leščinskis, Everita Pjata un Normunds Kalniņš
Māksliniece: Liene Rolšteina


Norises vieta: Eksperimentālā zāle

Organizē: Liepājas teātris


Piedalās: Mārtiņš Zilberts (klavieres), Jurijs Savkins (vijole), Ivars Bezprozvanovs (čells)

Programmā: Ludvigs van Bēthovens, Dmitrijs Šostakovičs, Šarls Ogists de Berio, Gaetāno Doniceti, Antonīns Dvoržāks


Norises vieta: Kamerzāle

Organizē: VIA CULTURA nodibinājums


Koncertuzvedums iestudēts kā literāri muzikāls dzejas lasījums un dziesmu atskaņojums.


Tajā Raimonds Pauls un Zigfrīds Muktupāvels izpildīs 15 jaunus skaņdarbus, kā arī programmas solists - Zigfrīds Muktupāvels lasīs Jāņa Petera dzeju.


2016. gadā, kas atzīmējams un tiek sumināts arī kā Maestro Jubilejas gads, tikusi radīta jauna koncertprogramma, kas balstās uz Raimonda Paula laikabiedra, tuva drauga un sabiedrībai labi atpazīstama dzejnieka Jāņa Petera sacerēto. Katrs no koncertuzveduma dalībniekiem dalās savās sajūtās par gaidāmo. Tā komponists Raimonds Pauls: “Es veltīšu vienu dziesmu “Tā roze, kas vēl nomodā” Emīla Dārziņa piemiņai. Man šķiet, ka šis dziesmu cikls ir izdevies”. Dzejnieks Jānis Peters komentē: “Nu vairāki no maniem neskaitāmajiem dzejoļiem ir pārvērtušies. Jaunākie, kuri ar savu muzikālo dziļumu nelaiž vaļā arī pēc to noklausīšanās. Koncertprogramma veidota īpaši intīmā un nostaļģiskā gaisotnē." Savukārt Zigfrīds Muktupāvels saka tieši un ar sajūsmu: “Tas ir labākais, kas manā mūžā ar mani ir noticis”.

Koncertprogramma plānota I daļā - 1h 25 min. garumā.

Uz visiem pasākumiem (arī bērnu) biļetes jāiegādājas katram skatītājam neatkarīgi no vecuma!

Norises vieta: Lielā zāle

Organizē: Apvienība Ars Nova Sia
 


Starring: Herberts Laukšteins 

Director: Gaļina Poļiščuka

A G. Poļiščuka stage production based on the play The Man Who Avoids Elevators by Bengt Ahlfors, produced for the experimental stage of Great Amber. A conversation between a man and an elevator about happiness, dreams and reality. The production will be open to viewers based on the theatre repertoire principles for several months.

Place: The experimental stage

Organisers: Liepaja Theatre in collaboration with Great Amber

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.


www.lso.lv


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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