Livestream of the ‘Nordic Swans’ concert in Gdańsk on 26 March

The Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi close out their ‘Nordic Swans’ tour with a special Freedom and Solidarity Concert at the European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk with a livestream on the YouTube Channel of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic on Saturday 26 Mach at 8.00pm CET.

The concert will be held under the patronage of the German Consulate General in Gdańsk and the City of Gdańsk.

Gdańsk is the birthplace of the Solidarity movement, which played a major role in ending Communist rule in Poland. The movement’s founding leader Lech Wałęsa, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 and served as Polish president from 1990 to 1995, strongly condemns the war against Ukraine: ‘This war is a disgrace and a slap in the face for humanity and the modern world. At the same time, it is a challenge for the free democratic world.’ He adds that ‘peace is absolutely necessary for us to survive as a species, for the world to survive. And we must prove that the wiser democratic part of the world is stronger.’

The ‘Nordic Swans’ programme, performed entirely from memory, features swan-inspired music by Arvo Pärt (Swansong), Sibelius (The Swan of Tuonela) and Tchaikovsky (Swan Lake, newly arranged by Kristjan Järvi as a Dramatic Symphony). But another bird will share the spotlight in Gdańsk, as the performance opens with the world premiere of Child of the Nightingale, a new piece written by Kristjan Järvi and Ukrainian musician Ruslan Trochynskyi, from the folk band Svjata Vatra. The nightingale is the national bird of Ukraine and is often invoked in Ukrainian folklore and folksong as a harbinger of spring and a singer of sweet sounds. Trochynskyi will join Kristjan Järvi on stage in Gdańsk to perform their creation with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic.

‘Nordic Swans’ – Freedom and Solidarity Concert
Livestream on the YouTube Channel of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic
Saturday, 26 March 2022, 8.00pm CET live from Gdańsk (Poland)

Schedule of the livestream and concert:

Joint statement by
Cornelia Pieper, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Gdańsk
Kristjan Järvi, Artistic Director of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic
Ruslan Trochynskyi, Ukrainian artist

‘Nordic Swans’
Baltic Sea Philharmonic
Kristjan Järvi
Special Guest Ruslan Trochynskyi

Kristjan Järvi / Ruslan Trochynskyi
Child of the Nightingale (world premiere)

Arvo Pärt
Swansong

Jean Sibelius
The Swan of Tuonela

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Swan Lake. Dramatic Symphony arranged by Kristjan Järvi