The dream of a concert hall in Liepāja is more than a century old. The city council decided on the necessity of a concert hall in Liepāja at the end of the 19th century in 1896.
This dream finally came to fruition in 2015 with the grand opening of the concert hall “Great Amber”. Excellent acoustics, modern architectural design and its multi-purpose functionality have attracted the attention of professionals worldwide and have resulted in several awards bestowed on the concert hall. The modern facility is appropriate not only for high quality cultural events and exhibitions, but also for conferences and corporate events.
Professionals of the field create excellence
The prominent Austrian architect, professor Volker Giencke, used the symbol found on the coast of Latvia and the Baltic Sea – amber – as the basis for the concert hall’s architectural concept. The acoustics and lighting of the concert hall were designed by world class experts in their respective fields – professor Karl Heinz Miller of Germany and Professor Christian Bartenbach of Austria.
The concert hall “Great Amber” has become a significant centre of culture and events, as well as the home of Liepāja Symphony Orchestra and Liepāja Music, Art and Design Secondary School.
Facilities for different types of activity
The concert hall’s building is eight storeys tall and has an area of 14,600 square metres. Reinforced concrete, metal and glass were used in the construction of the building. The sunny tint of the façade creates a visual association with amber, a gem that is commonly found on the beaches of Liepāja after a storm.
The largest room in the building is the Great Hall with 1010 seats. It was created to accommodate musical concerts, plays and dance shows of different genres, as well as conferences and other public forums, or even events not requiring seats.
The Chamber Hall seats 200, but the Experimental Stage hall can accommodate 150 guests. There is a café and restaurant in the concert hall, providing food services not only during events, but also on daily basis.
Tickets to events, information about Liepāja and the concert hall, books about architecture, art and culture, souvenirs, and tours of the concert hall are all available at the concert hall information centre.
Groups of 10-15 people can arrange for a guided tour of the concert hall. Length of the tour – 1 hour. If interested, please register by calling 63 424 555
Participants of the Musical Tour will be accompanied by an expert guide to not only get to know the concert hall building, see the amazing panorama views of the city and learn intriguing facts about the creation process of the concert hall, but also enjoy a small concert on the large stage of the Great Hall, prepared by the musicians of the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra for them.
The concert hall encourages visitors to purchase tour tickets in advance in order to organize visitor flow as efficiently as possible.
Tour tickets can be purchased online via www.bilesuparadize.lv, “Biļešu paradīze” offices all around Latvia, and in the information center of the concert hall “Great Amber”. No prior reservations are needed – ticket owners meet shortly before the beginning of the tour on the ground floor of the concert hall, next to the information center. More info: +371 63 424 555