The Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi kick off their ‘Nordic Pulse’ tour of Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and Russia with a concert today in the Lithuanian resort town of Palanga. March 11 is an important date for Lithuania, as the country celebrates its Restoration of Independence Day. ‘Nordic Pulse’ is the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s first tour of 2019 and features five concerts in nine days. Following today’s performance in Palanga, the orchestra will go on to play in Riga (12 March), Tallinn (16 March), Helsinki (18 March) and St. Petersburg (19 March).
Music of light and magic
Nature inspires the music of ‘Nordic Pulse’ and the theme of reawakening, of new life, runs through the whole programme – from the radiant, spring light of Kristjan’s Aurora to the fairytale magic of Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty, with its Princess Aurora awakened by a kiss. Kristjan has arranged a concert suite from Tchaikovsky’s great ballet, which the Baltic Sea Philharmonic will play entirely by heart – performing from memory having become a trademark of the orchestra in the last two years.
Joining the orchestra for Aurora will be Swiss violinist David Nebel, who is also the soloist in Pēteris Vasks’s meditative second violin concerto Vientuļais Eņģelis (Lonely Angel) and Gediminas Gelgotas’s 2018 Violin Concerto. The orchestra will also be joined for the opening of each concert by Estonian singer-songwriter Mick Pedaja, whose ambient, flowing, electronic-enriched music is strongly inspired by landscape and nature. He will perform songs from his 2016 album Hingake/Breathe, and his latest album Avaimus, which was released in December 2018.
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