The Baltic Sea Philharmonic sets off this week on its first tour of 2017. After opening with a performance in Hattingen, Germany, the ‘Waterworks’ tour takes the orchestra to Copenhagen and Aarhus, Denmark, from 7 to 10 May, before resuming in August in Germany with performances in Berlin, Peenemünde, Lutherstadt Wittenberg and Hamburg.
The repertoire for the tour celebrates the life-giving power of water and also the 80th birthday of composer Philip Glass. The Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi perform a special arrangement of Handel’s Water Music and a new orchestration of Glass’s Aguas da Amazonia, and Russian-born violinist Mikhail Simonyan joins the orchestra for Glass’s Violin Concerto No. 2 ‘The American Four Seasons’.
The programme reflects the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s commitment to the environment and its passion for connecting people through music, says Kristjan Järvi: ‘Water is the essence of life, not only within our physical bodies but also in the body of water that dominates this region – the Baltic Sea. It’s the engine of the region, it’s why people settled around here, and it connects with all the other water across the world. The music of “Waterworks” represents how we are from this region, but are also connected to the whole world. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the waters of the Baltic or the Amazon: everything is connected.’
There is special excitement surrounding the ‘Waterworks’ tour because it marks the start of a radical new approach to presenting orchestral music. The Baltic Sea Philharmonic is collaborating with lighting designer Bertil Mark, sound designer Chris Ekers and projection artist Philipp Geist to reimagine the concert experience, immersing audiences in a thrilling world of music, light, images and sound. ‘Concert goers should feel like they are entering a new dimension, a world where anything is possible,’ says Kristjan Järvi.
Friday, 5 May 2017, 7.00 pm, Hattingen (LWL-Industriemuseum Henrichshütte), Germany
Sunday, 7 May 2017, 3.00 pm, Copenhagen (DR Concert Hall), Denmark
Monday, 8 May 2016, 9.00 am, 11.00 am, 1.00 pm, Copenhagen (DR Concert Hall), Denmark (school concerts)
Tuesday, 9 May 2017, 7.00 pm, Aarhus (Musikhuset), Denmark
Wednesday, 10 May 2017, 9.00 am, 11.00 am, 1.00 pm, Aarhus (Musikhuset), Denmark (school concerts)
Friday, 25 August 2017, 8.00 pm, Berlin (Konzerthaus, Young Euro Classic), Germany
Saturday, 26 August 2017, 8.00 pm, Peenemünde (Usedom Music Festival), Germany
Sunday, 27 August 2017, 7.00 pm, Lutherstadt Wittenberg, Germany (open air)
Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 8.00 pm, Hamburg (Elbphilharmonie), Germany
Baltic Sea Philharmonic
Georg Friedrich Handel/Daniel Schnyder/Charles Coleman: Water Music
Philip Glass: Violin Concerto No. 2 ‘The American Four Seasons’
Philip Glass (orchestrated by Charles Coleman): Aguas da Amazonia