- Orchestra and Kristjan Järvi to go ahead with modified tour, depending on COVID-19 situation and local regulations
- Performances at Merano Music Festival and Usedom Music Festival will feature orchestra of around 40 musicians
- Orchestra to perform programme of music by composers of all ten Baltic Sea countries completely from memory
- Concert at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg postponed to 14 March 2021
Berlin 2 July 2020. The Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi are set to return to the concert stage in September with performances in Italy and Germany. The orchestra’s ‘Nordic Pulse’ tour – an innovative celebration of the North, with music by composers of all ten Baltic Sea countries performed completely by heart – was originally scheduled to include six concerts between 5 and 13 September: the first at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg; two at the Bonn Beethovenfest; one at the Merano Music Festival in Italy; another in Peenemünde, Germany, at the Usedom Music Festival; and a final concert in Stockholm. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Beethovenfest has been cancelled, and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s concerts in Hamburg and Stockholm have been postponed until March 2021. The ‘Nordic Pulse’ tour performances in Merano on 10 September and Peenemünde on 12 September will, however, go ahead, depending on the progress of the pandemic and also on travel regulations and local authority requirements.
The Baltic Sea Philharmonic is excited to be returning to Merano, where it will be making its fourth successive appearance at the annual Merano Music Festival. The Usedom Music Festival is the orchestra’s spiritual home: the idea for the ensemble was born on the island of Usedom in 2008, and the orchestra has performed at the festival every year for the last twelve years.
‘Nordic Pulse’ – an exhilarating Baltic adventure
The COVID-19 situation means that the Baltic Sea Philharmonic will be touring as a smaller ensemble of around 40 musicians. The ‘Nordic Pulse’ programme of musical riches will take audiences on a journey of discovery across the Baltic Sea region. Russian composer Tchaikovsky features on the programme, as well as Sibelius from Finland and Grieg from Norway. The orchestra will showcase music from young contemporary composers such as Gediminas Gelgotas from Lithuania and Sven Helbig and Robot Koch from Germany, as well as music by Kristjan Järvi representing Estonia. ‘Nordic Pulse’ also includes Beethoven in his 250th anniversary year, with his Symphony No. 5. As it is the signature style of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, the musicians will perform the whole programme from memory. Although the orchestra will be, out of necessity, more compact than usual, audiences can expect to feel the same thrill and joy that the Baltic Sea Philharmonic brings to all its performances.
The ‘Nordic Pulse’ concert that was due to take place at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg on
5 September has been postponed to 14 March 2021, when it will form part of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s ‘Midnight Sun’ tour of Poland and Germany. All tickets that have been purchased for the concert on 5 September remain valid for the new date next March.
Creating unique online orchestral experiences
During the unprecedented break from live performance, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic has been busy producing innovative online music experiences. It created one of the most ambitious virtual orchestra videos of its kind, with a 20-minute recording of music from Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7, featuring 108 musicians in 18 countries, which premiered on 8 May. By mid-July the orchestra will launch a unique collaborative online project called ‘Musical Chain’, beginning with a series of remix videos that transform classical music gems for the 21st century. The first of these videos, ‘Midnight Mood’, which is based on ‘Morning Mood’ from Grieg’s Peer Gynt, will be available to watch shortly on the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s social media channels.
Baltic Sea Philharmonic – a revolution in music and culture
The Baltic Sea Philharmonic takes the orchestral concert experience to a new dimension. Every performance is a voyage of musical discovery, as the musicians perform the entire programme from memory, creating a one-of-a-kind artistic journey. Each concert is a unique spectacle of sound, light, visual art and technology, and under the electrifying baton of Music Director and Founding Conductor Kristjan Järvi every performance has a special energy that’s absolutely infectious. But even more than this, as a community of musicians from ten Nordic countries, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic transcends boundaries and has become a movement for bringing people together. Embodying all that is innovative and progressive about the Nordic region, this visionary ensemble is taking the traditional orchestral model further than ever before. ‘It is a living breathing creature, with boundless energy and enthusiasm for the new – an adventure in itself,’ says Kristjan Järvi.
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