Baltic Sea Philharmonic takes to the road for ‘Baltic Sea Discovery’ tour

Six-city journey kicks off in Lithuania on Thursday, 15 September

Baltic Sea Philharmonic begins its second tour this week, travelling from Lithuania to Germany, with six stops over ten days. They will perform a programme of ‘Baltic Sea Discovery’ under the baton of Founding Conductor and Music Director Kristjan Järvi and alongside world-renowned violinist Gidon Kremer and his orchestra, Kremerata Baltica, and rising star violinist Lidia Baich.

The repertoire offers a perfect balance, Kristjan Järvi explains: ‘We’re bringing together different elements of new, popular, and completely undiscovered music, which is why we’re calling it the “Baltic Sea Discovery” tour.’

Music for the ‘Baltic Sea Discovery’ tour celebrates the swan, with Arvo Pärt’s Swansong and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, arranged by Kristjan Järvi as a Suite for orchestra. Gidon Kremer performs Weinberg’s rarely played Violin Concerto in Gdańsk (18 September), Copenhagen (20 September) and Peenemünde (24 September); the soloist in Klaipėda (15 September) and Kaliningrad (16 September) will be the St. Petersburg-born violinist Lidia Baich.

There will also be a sense of discovery in the unique collaboration with Gidon Kremer and members of his own ground-breaking Kremerata Baltica, who will be embedded within the orchestra. Gidon Kremer says: ‘I hope for discovery – not just on land and in concerts halls, but also in learning and experiencing unknown music together, and growing with it.’

The orchestra will also take the theme of discovery to working with schoolchildren during its visit to Denmark. The players will take part in Danish Radio’s ‘Into the Music’ project in Sønderborg, playing to around 6,000 pupils, aged 16 and above, from the Jutland region, who will all have the opportunity to experience symphonic music live, for many of them, for the first time.

‘Baltic Sea Discovery’ Tour
+Thursday, 15 September 2016, 6.30 pm, Klaipėda Concert Hall, Lithuania
+Friday, 16 September 2016, 7.00 pm, Cathedral of Kaliningrad, Russia
*Sunday, 18 September 2016, 7.00 pm, European Solidarity Centre, Gdańsk, Poland
*Tuesday, 20 September 2016, 5.00 pm, Copenhagen (DR Concert Hall), Denmark
Wednesday, 21 September, 2016, 11.00 am, 1.00 pm, Alsion, Sønderborg, Denmark (school concerts)
Thursday, 22 September, 2016, 9.00 am, 11.00 am, 1.00 pm, Alsion, Sønderborg, Denmark (school concerts)
*Saturday, 24 September 2016, 8.00 pm, Peenemünde/Usedom (Kraftwerksmuseum), Germany

Baltic Sea Philharmonic
with Kremerata Baltica
Kristjan Järvi, conductor
*Gidon Kremer, violin
+Lidia Baich, violin

Arvo Pärt: Swansong (Littlemore Tractus) for orchestra
Mieczysław Weinberg: Violin Concerto in G minor, Op. 67
P.I. Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Concert Suite (Arr. K. Järvi)