Concert hall rising over Liepāja skyline

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New contours are taking shape over the skyline and culture scene of the port city of Liepāja on the shores of the Baltic Sea, as the still-rising Great Amber (Lielais dzintars) Concert Hall looms 30 meters into the airspace above downtown, reported TV Kurzeme Tuesday.

Glassworks installations on the façade are expected to be done by the end of this month. The cylindrically-shaped building, designed by Austrian architect Volcker Ginke is due to be opened to the public this summer. Construction works were launched in the fall of 2013.

Project group leader Gatis Griezītis told TV Kurzeme that the more challenging the job, the more rewarding the result. “Most of the utilities are in, we’re now assembling and installing the upper stage machinery in the Great Hall, which has a non-standard form in its construction,” he explained.

Also being assembled is the staff that will manage the establishment before its opening and thereafter. Around thirty people have applied to each open position, from the marketing and sales department head, to the lawyer.

“Lots of applicants – Liepāja residents who want to come back. Studied in other towns, but now ready to come back with this project to their hometown,” SIA Lielais dzintars board member Baiba Bože told TV Kurzeme.

The three milestones on the Great Amber Hall’s timeline this year are its opening during the summer, then the moving-in work of both the Emīls Melngailis Music School and the Liepāja Symphony Orchestra, while the opening concerts have been scheduled for the month of November.

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