Baltic Sea Philharmonic ends 2016 with special Swan Lake show in Vienna

The orchestra sailed towards the end of the year with a private Christmas concert accompanied by a light, projections and sound spectacle and a Nordic landscape backdrop

Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi performed a private concert yesterday, 8 December, in Vienna’s Konzerthaus, focused on the theme of the swan, and offering a sound experience, a light show and projections to create an immersive atmosphere of a Nordic landscape.

Repertoire included Arvo Pärt’s Swansong and Kristjan Järvi’s arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s ballet, Swan Lake, both of which were part of the orchestra’s ‘Baltic Sea Discovery’ tour this September.

The orchestra’s performance was accompanied by a projections and light show, put together by projection artist Philipp Geist, whose musical collaborations include an installation in Bayreuth to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner; sound engineer Chris Ekers, who produced the opening and closing ceremonies for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; and light designer Bertil Mark, who works with many top German bands.

The concert show is a taste of the orchestra’s plans for 2017, and their ‘Waterworks’ tour, which will create exciting concert experiences to bring in new audiences to classical music.

Last night’s show was the annual Christmas concert for 1,200 employees of energy company OMV Aktiengesellschaft.

See highlights of the concert show on our Facebook page.