Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Guntis Kuzma, is returning to Klaipėda with the special concert programme. The focus of this programme is on jazz. Three popular jazzmen of Latvia – saxophonist Gints Pabērzs, bassist Edvins Ozols and percussionist Artis Orubs – will join the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra.
The year 1962 saw the release of Focus, a legendary album by American composer of the swing era, Eddie Sauter. It was commissioned and recorded by the outstanding American tenor saxophonist, Stan Getz.
Seven compositions included in the album will create an atmosphere of seven different moods. It will be a fusion of academic and jazz music; two different genres complementing each other – jazz acquiring deeper artistic meaning and the academic element becoming more lively and saturated with energetic emotions.
The programme will also feature the music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Edvard Grieg.
This is what conductor Guntis Kuzma has to say: “Since my childhood, Mozart has been one of my favourite composers; his Divertimento is a wonderful piece of refined musical entertainment. Mozart’s emotions were close also to Grieg; suite From Holberg’s Time, dedicated to the witty Danish-Norwegian playwright Ludvig Holberg, fits well in this programme. It will also be a real pleasure to collaborate with the three best musicians in their genre in Latvia. Gints Pabērzs’ improvisation skills and instantly recognizable sound, Edvīns Ozols’ ardour and Artis Orub’s phenomenal virtuosity will give a completely new character to Eddie Sauter’s music and to the famous Stan Getz’s album Focus.”