To celebrate 100 Years Anniversary of the Republic of Latvia, Liepāja Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and its art director and chief conductor Gintaras Rinkevicius (Lithuania) are on a concert tour to India and Sri Lanka from 27 September to 6 October, 2108. The tour is a part of Latvia’s Centenary global celebration program and is organised in cooperation with the renowned Indian violinist and composer Lakshminarayana Subramaniam (Dr. L. Subramaniam) and the Embassy of Latvia to India.
Concerts will be performed on 29 of September in Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore, India, on 2nd of October in Nelum Pokuna Auditorium, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and on 5 of October in Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi, India. Program will consist of the marvellous music by Dr.L.Subramaniam and masterpieces of Western classical music, including Ludwig van Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, and the most outstanding example of Latvian symphonic music - Melancholic waltz by Emīls Dārziņš. Entrance to all concerts is free.
The LSO and Dr. L. Subramaniam cooperation began in 2015 with joint concerts in New Delhi at the inauguration of Latvia’s presidency at the Council of the European Union. In September 2017 Dr.L.Subramaniam visited Latvia and performed together with LSO in Liepāja. He also composed a special Symphony in Celebration to Latvia’s Centenary.
“Concerts by LSO and Indian musicians in India and Sri Lanka will, without a doubt, not only be remarkable events in relation to celebrating Latvia’s Centenary, but they will also leave a lasting impression on the cooperation of both countries and will contribute to Latvia’s recognition in India and the region,” states the Latvian Ambassador to India, Aivars Groza, “Ever since the Embassy was opened in 2014, relations between Latvia and India have been growing steadily. Latvia has become a country that many a student from India chooses as their place of study. The cooperation project, within which the Freeport of Riga provides shipping services to India for exporting their country’s agricultural and other products to Europe, is developing rapidly. The official visit of the Latvian Prime Minister to India and Chairman of the Indian Parliament Sumitra Mahajan’s visit to Latvia in June of this year can be acknowledged as milestones in shaping the relations of both countries. Considering India’s increasing role in global political and economic processes, it is important to maintain active dialogue with the largest democracy in the world, including contributions related to culture.”
“Since 2015 when the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia was opened in Delhi, our cooperation with India has evolved more rapidly, and it manifests itself in a broad field of cooperation – economics, education and culture. Latvia has had an age-old interest in Indian culture, which undoubtedly was influenced by the similarities in our languages. It is important for Latvia to introduce its culture to India as well, which directly helps in shaping mutual contact and is a solid foundation for strengthening our countries’ relations” says Edgars Rinkēvičs, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Latvia.
Liepāja Symphony Orchestra is the oldest orchestra in the Baltic States. It was started in 1881, when the first Philharmonic in the Baltics was established. The establisher Hans Hohapfel was also a conductor of the orchestra. At the beginning there were 37 musicians and in summers they were accompanied by guest artists from Germany and Poland. The orchestra gradually evolved in size and professionalism to its current composition. The orchestra received the Latvian Great Music Award 2010.
Since 2017 the art director and chief conductor of the orchestra is Gintaras Rinkevicius (Lithuania).
More about the Liepāja Symphonic Orchestra: http://lso.lv/en/orchestra/history