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A CHRISTMAS CANTATA. WAGNER. MAHLER

14. DECEMBER 18.00



Saturday
2024

Biļetes no: 12 €

During the Christmas period, we tend to escape the harshness of reality and reach towards an ideal world, peace, and enlightenment. The path of light can be especially clear in music, which provides us with a perspective of a rich world of emotion. In the festive concert program, it will be revealed by the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, State Academic Choir Latvija, the Boys’ Choir of the Liepāja Music, Design and Art School, and singer Rihards Millers under conductor Vilhelms Vācietis.

The program will be opened by a crown masterpiece of Latvian music, Concerto-fantasia on in nomine Albrecht Düreri by Pauls Dambis. Its primal force and enormous spiritual power evokes thoughts of our own mortal position in the face of fate. The piece begins with the arrival of a horseman of apocalypse and his ride across the dark forests of Aizdaugava, where red berries are hidden tears of the sun. It is followed by an illuminating vocalization by a women’s choir describing the Virgin’s peaceful smile, two powerful movements of chants, for blood and for the plague, and concluded by the aethereal ‘Jaunava zvaigžņu vainagā’ (Virgin with a Crown of Stars).

Richard Wagner’s ‘Siegfried Idyll’ will summon warmth and light. It was a delicately glorious Christmas gift to the composer’s wife Cosima Wagner, a lyrical connection between an unfinished string quartet and motifs from the opera Siegfried (birdsong, Brünnhilde’s slumber, the immortal beloved, and Brünnhilde’s ‘treasure of the world’). The oboe plays the motif of a folklore-inspired lullaby.

The magnificent movement ‘Adagietto’ from Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 will express powerful and crystal-clear emotion. It was a love letter from the composer to his future wife Alma – a composer, famous Viennese beauty yearning for an intense life of excitement. This ‘Adagietto’ is closely connected to Luchino Visconti’s 1971 film Death in Venice, which was based on Thomas Mann’s novel of the same title.

The concert will be concluded with ‘A Christmas Cantata’ by Swiss-French genius Arthur Honegger, the master’s final grand opus, which will bring us from the depths or darkness towards light and enveloping joy. The monumental joint choir will unite cries for light, popular Christmas songs in several languages, and an ode to all things living, green, all things that we cannot survive without. This sacred work of a Bachian scale can touch a person of any creed as long as they have ears to listen and a passionate heart.


Artists:

Rihards Millers – baritone

State Academic Choir Latvija (artistc director Māris Sirmais)

Boys’ Choir Group of the Liepāja Design and Art School (artistc director Ilze Balode)

Liepaja Symphony Orchestra

Conductor Vilhelms Vācietis


Program:

I part

Pauls DAMBIS (1936) “Concerto-fantasia on in nomine Albrecht Düreri”

Richard WAGNER (1813–1883) ‘Siegfried Idyll’

II part

Gustav MAHLER (1860–1911) Symphony No. 5 – ‘Adagietto’

Arthur HONEGGER (1892–1955) ‘A Christmas Cantata’


Location:

Great hall


Event duration:

18.00-19.45 / ~ 1h 45 min


Tickets:

Starting from 12.00 (Ticket prices may change closer to the event)

Intended for: 7+

Unnumbered tickets only for visitors in wheelchairs.



Organized by:

Great Amber


Supported by:

Liepāja City Council and State Culture Capital Foundation


Discounts:

  • Students, teachers, seniors – 25%

  • Persons with group I and II disabilities and their companions – 50%

  • For holders of the Honorary Family Card ("3+ Ģimenes karte") or LT ("Šeimos kortelė") or EST ("Perekaart") – 25%

NB.  Upon attending a concert, the attendee must show personal identification.

 Group tickets:

  • 10–30 persons – 20%

  • 30 and more persons – 25%


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