With 2019 almost at an end, we’re excited to announce our plans for next year. In 2020 the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, under the inspirational leadership of Kristjan Järvi, will continue its remarkable progress on the international music scene, creating unique, transformative concert experiences for audiences across Europe and beyond.
Two major tours – ‘Midnight Sun’ in June and July, and ‘Nordic Pulse’ in September – will bring the orchestra’s stunning performances to some of the most renowned concert halls and festivals in Europe, including the Berlin Philharmonie, the Stars of the White Nights Festival in St. Petersburg, Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and the Beethovenfest Bonn. But first we kick off the new year with a bang on 4 January, headlining a charity concert at the Elbphilharmonie with British indie band Bastille. This ‘Channel Aid – Live in Concert’ show, which will be livestreamed on YouTube, will be the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s first-ever collaboration with a major pop band – and to say that the orchestra musicians are excited about it is an understatement.
The ‘Midnight Sun’ and ‘Nordic Pulse’ tours in 2020 follow in the spirit of this year’s tours, in which the orchestra premiered striking new arrangements of classical masterpieces alongside stunning contemporary works; created immersive concert experiences together with sound and lighting designers; collaborated with singer-songwriters and electronic musicians; and transformed the communication between musicians and audience by stripping the stage of music stands and performing entire concerts from memory.
‘Midnight Sun’ is inspired by the sun never setting at night, a phenomenon that unites Nordic communities. The ‘Midnight Sun’ tour of Poland, Germany and Russia in June and July will reunite the Baltic Sea Philharmonic with Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelsen in a programme featuring music by Rautavaara, Pärt, Max Richter, Kristjan Järvi, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.
In September the Baltic Sea Philharmonic will tour Germany and Italy with ‘Nordic Pulse’, a programme inspired by nature and Nordic landscapes. A highlight of the tour will be two concerts at the Beethovenfest Bonn, as the orchestra joins in the celebrations of Beethoven’s 250th birthday. In addition, the orchestra will return to the Merano Music Festival and the Usedom Music Festival. The music of ‘Nordic Pulse’ will include one of the orchestra’s signature pieces – Kristjan’s innovative recasting of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Sleeping Beauty as a dramatic symphony.
Kristjan sums up the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s 2020 as ‘more fresh thinking, more imaginative collaborations, more new interpretations of great classics by Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Beethoven and others, and more exciting contemporary music, as the orchestra brings its unique energy and message to new audiences’.
For details of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s 2020 tours and to book tickets, see our concert calendar here