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The Baltic Sea Philharmonic brings together the leading orchestral musicians from the ten countries of the Baltic Sea region and goes on its second tour under the baton of its Founding Conductor and Music Director Kristjan Järvi. The excellent musical journey is starting again in Lithuania (Klaipėda).
Kristjan Järvi says: ‘We bring together different elements of new, popular, and completely undiscovered music, which is why we call it the “Baltic Sea Discovery” tour.’ The ‘undiscovered’ music is the Violin Concerto by Mieczysław Weinberg. It will be performed by Lidia Baich who is rapidly making her name among top young violinists.
The other two works on the programme revolve around the theme of the swan – Arvo Pärt’s Swansong and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, one of the world’s best-loved ballets, from which Kristjan Järvi has created his own Suite for the orchestra. ‘Swans are creatures of great purity and beauty, and all the Nordic countries have them in their culture.’
The swan theme also represents the orchestra’s concern for the environment, which is at the heart of its identity. K. Järvi explains: ‘We are going beyond any expectation of what an orchestra should be. There should be a reason for having an orchestra – not just to play music. We’re creating a movement that brings people together from Norway to Russia. We have to take care of this Nordic region and the stronger we all are the stronger we are as a region. Then we can set an example for the whole world.”
Arvo Pärt, Mieczysław Weinberg, Piotr Tchaikovsky
The Klaipėda Concert Hall will open its 13th concert season with two exceptional events, offering a double deal of the most delectable classical music for its audiences to relish. Both events will feature remarkable orchestras under the direction of the most charismatic conductors: the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, with the ebullient personality of Kristjan Järvi at its helm, and the Klaipėda Chamber Orchestra, attending to the captivating and arresting movements of Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla.
The orchestras share an innovative approach to tradition, which is reflected in their programmes, reaching far beyond the convention of classical music and venturing into yet unexplored territories. This way leads to the most convincing artistic achievements, so full of life and vigour that one gets an impression of some powerful engine, producing perpetual motion and joy. We invite you to draw energy from these musical powerhouses!