‘Nordic Pulse’ – celebration of landmark anniversaries in 2018

‘Nordic Pulse’ European tours in 2018 mark 100th anniversary of independence for Finland, Baltic States and Poland

The Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s first major project of 2018 is ‘Nordic Pulse’. Inspired by the 100th anniversary of independence for the Baltic States of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, ‘Nordic Pulse’ also celebrates 100 years of independence for Finland and Poland and, furthermore, ten years since the birth of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic itself. The ensemble, under its Estonian conductor Kristjan Järvi, will perform music by Lithuanian composer Gediminas Gelgotas, Latvian composer Imants Kalniᶇš and Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, as well as pieces by Sibelius and Järvi himself. Swiss violinist David Nebel will give the world premiere of Gelgotas’s new Violin Concerto in a concert in Germany in July. The European tour of ‘Nordic Pulse’ together with Norwegian violinist Mari Samuelsen in September will revisit the orchestra’s performance to play pieces entirely from memory. This year the Baltic Sea Philharmonic and Kristjan Järvi will perform Sibelius The Tempest and Kalniņš’ ‘Rock Symphoy’ by heart.

Järvi sees strong parallels between the declaration of independence by the Baltic States and the creation in 2008 of what would become the Baltic Sea Philharmonic. ‘These nations saw the opportunity to assert themselves a century ago,’ he says. ‘They stood, and still stand today, for identity. And I think that from a strong identity, you can create unity, a truly coexistent brotherhood. The Baltic Sea Philharmonic, by bringing together musicians from all around the Baltic Sea, has always stood for unity. As musicians, we share common roots, common paths and common histories, but we are still ourselves. So it is for the nations of this incredible Nordic region that we represent.’

‘Nordic Pulse’ – July 2018
Saturday, 7 July 2018, Kissinger Sommer, Max-Littmann-Saal, Bad Kissingen (Germany), 8.00 pm

Baltic Sea Philharmonic
Kristjan Järvi
David Nebel

Programme Nordic Pulse
Kristjan Järvi
Gediminas Gelgotas
Violin Concerto (2018)
Peter I. Tchaikovsky
Swan Lake Concert Suite
arranged by Kristjan Järvi

‘Nordic Pulse’ – September 2018
Monday, 17 September 2018, Merano Music Festival, Kursaal, Merano (Italy), 8.30 pm
Tuesday, 18 September 2018, Residenz, Herkulessaal, Munich (Germany), 8.00 pm
Thursday, 20 September 2018, Handel Hall, Halle (Saale) (Germany), 7.00 pm
Saturday, 22 September 2018, Usedom Music Festival, Kraftwerk Museum Peenemünde, Island of Usedom (Germany), 8.00 pm
Monday, 24 September 2018, The Polish Baltic Philharmonic, Gdansk (Poland), 5.00 pm

Baltic Sea Philharmonic
Kristjan Järvi
Mari Samuelsen

Programme Nordic Pulse
Wojciech Kilar
Gediminas Gelgotas
Mountains. Waters. (Freedom)
Arvo Pärt
Fratres for violin, percussion and string orchestra
Kristjan Järvi
Aurora for violin and orchestra
Jean Sibelius
The Tempest concert suite
arranged by Kristjan Järvi
Imants Kalniņš
Symphony No. 4 Rock Symphony, 1st movement