Live concert. The Birthday of Imants Kalniņš.

On Imants Kalniņš’ 79th birthday, May 26, the treasured composer will be celebrated by the first live performance of the concert program Kamēr vēl gliemeži skrien (While the Snails Are Still Running). In it, director Māra Ķimele and musicians Daumants Kalniņš and Kaspars Zemītis have created a story reaching back to the early works of the composer, performing both less known and well-beloved songs by Imants Kalniņš. They shift from playful to contemplative, turn from joyous to intimate. The songs resonate, burst, rumble and murmur like summer, fragrant in the air.

Composer and conductor Juris Vaivods has assisted in selecting pieces for the program. The concert performance has been created together with director Māra Ķimene, and it reflects not only the diversity of Imants Kalniņš’ music, but also reveals the musical range of Daumants Kalniņš and Kaspars Zemītis.

Along with the songs, instrumental pieces are also performed by the oboa, piano and guitar. Imants Kalniņš has participated in the creation of the concert performance, sharing essay-like reflections on the passage of time. They are braided into the performance to unite the time of creating the songs with the present day.

The birthday concert will be filmed in the audience-free Great Hall in compliance with all safety measures. In these trying times, the concert ticket price is set at 7 euros per one streaming connection or a so-called home ticket which allows all members of a household to enjoy the concert, to support the artists and the concert hall.

The concert premiered on May 26, 20016, at Music House DAILE.


Duration: Approximately 90 minutes

Organized by: Concert hall GREAT AMBER in collaboration with Music House DAILE

Supported by: Liepāja City Council

Ticket price: 7 euros

Regarding ticket purchases:

When you purchase a ticket for 7 euros, you will receive a streaming code that you will be able to use to watch the concert. The live stream can be accessed via the website of "Biļešu Paradīze" or Great Amber by clicking on the concert: Live concert. The Birthday of Imants Kalniņš. To access the concert, you will have to enter the streaming code under "insert password".  The code can be used for one device only.