The city of Liepāja has dreamt of a concert hall of its own for almost a century. This dream was realised at the end of 2015. The Great Amber concert hall is now the main regional centre for cultural events. It is home to the Liepaja Symphony Orchestra, and to the Liepaja Music, Art, and Design High School.
Amber - the symbol of Liepāja, and of the Baltic Sea - is central to the architectural concept of the concert hall, as is its function as a cultural and artistic centre. Austrian architect Prof. Volker Giencke has, through his plans, created a true portrait of music, frozen in time and in amber.
- The Foundation provides funding for the creation of a digital concert hall – thanks to the newly acquired robot cameras and additional technical equipment, “Lielais dzintars” has become the first digitally equipped concert hall in Latvia. During the second emergency situation, it provides an opportunity to offer regular live broadcasts of music and educational events for listeners and viewers both in Latvia and abroad.
- On 9 August 2021, the solo concert of the Russian pianism star Mikhail Pletnev organized by the Uniting History Foundation and the Riga Jurmala Music Festival was held in the concert hall.
- In September, a new cycle of free educational lectures on music for adults “Amber Musical Conversation Club” was launched. During the ten meetings of the cycle, audience will learn the history of European and world music from the Middle Ages to the present day. The lectures have been created by the best Latvian musicologists and practitioners, lecturers of the Jāzeps Vītols Latvian Academy of Music, and they are available both in person and online.
- The Foundation becomes a member of the newly established “Liepaja Concert Hall “Lielais dzintars” Development Society”.
- The Foundation provides funding for sound recording studio equipment that helps to continue the operation of the concert hall during the COVID-19 pandemic – the acoustic recording studio produces internationally acclaimed academic music albums.