Orchestra and Kristjan Järvi will proceed with tour subject to COVID-19 situation and local regulations
Performances at Merano Music Festival and Usedom Music Festival will feature orchestra of around 40 musicians
Concerts at Usedom Music Festival already sold out
Orchestra to perform a diverse programme of music by composers from nine Baltic Sea countries, completely from memory
Rehearsal phase from 6 to 9 September in Bad Schussenried (near Lake Constance, Baden-Württemberg)
Berlin 2 September 2020. Even though the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s ‘Midnight Sun’ tour and parts of its ‘Nordic Pulse’ tour have fallen victim to the COVID-19 pandemic, the orchestra and Kristjan Järvi are not giving up on live performance in 2020. They will bring their new ‘Nordic Pulse’ programme to the Merano Music Festival in Italy on 10 September and to the Usedom Music Festival in Germany on 12 September. Due to the travel restrictions imposed in the wake of the pandemic, which have hit international orchestras particularly hard, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic plans to perform with about 40 musicians from all countries around the Baltic Sea, subject to official regulations at the start of the tour on 6 September. The ‘Nordic Pulse’ tour will be an innovative celebration of the North, with works by composers from all Baltic Sea countries played entirely from memory. Originally, seven concerts were planned from 5 to 13 September. The performance in Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie was rescheduled for March 2021.
Thomas Hummel, Executive Director of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, said the orchestra is excited to be preparing for concerts once again, and is taking all necessary measures to make a safe return to live performance. He commented: ‘Despite the uncertainty of the last few months, we do not want to be discouraged and we are planning firmly and carefully for our ‘Nordic Pulse’ concerts. The health of our audience, musicians and team is our top priority. We are therefore in close cooperation with the festivals and authorities to offer our audience unforgettable musical experiences with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi.’
Prior to the orchestra’s journey from the Alpine city of Merano to the Baltic Sea island of Usedom, the musicians will have intensive rehearsals from 6 to 9 September in Bad Schussenried, a spa town in Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The Baltic Sea Philharmonic will be returning to Merano and Usedom full of positive expectations and happy memories. The concert in Merano will be the orchestra’s fourth appearance at the festival in as many years. The Usedom Music Festival is the spiritual home of the orchestra: the idea for the ensemble was born in 2008 on the island of Usedom.
‘Nordic Pulse’ – an exhilarating Baltic adventure
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 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. In mid-July the orchestra launched 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, is available to watch 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.