26 April at 19 Pärnu Concert Hall
Soloists Sepo Seeman, Karin Tammaru
In collaboration with Risto Lehiste (street organ)
Conductor Mihhail Gerts
F. Mendelssohn “The Hebrides” overture
T. Aints/M. Kalmet „Travelling Songs”
W. A. Mozart Symphony No 41 “Jupiter”
The song cycle by Tauno Aints / Madis Kalmet, premiered at the Estonian Music Days in 2010, is one of the most memorable undertakings of the Pärnu Municipal Orchestra, and the members of the orchestra wish to perform it again during their anniversary season. Just like then, the conductor is Mihhail Gerts.
“I experienced an almost visionary inspiration in the Netherlands. Walking through the charming town of Delft, I could hear Mozart’s “Requiem” coming from the church, and behind the church, by the canal, an organ grinder was playing his simple tunes. It was so haunting and powerful! At the same time, the “high music” from the church and the “low music” on the street corner… In fact, they have always resonated and coexisted – the professional and the high and the popular, the eternal and the mundane…. And from this, the basic idea of combining the symphony orchestra and the street organ, the virtuoso and the street musician, the complex and the simple, was born.”
Pärnu City Orchestra was founded in 1994 and this year celebrates its 30th anniversary season, as it keeps classical music in the heart of the resort town.
The only professional symphony orchestra in West-Estonia has developed and enriched the local cultural life and Estonian music culture in general, offering high quality musical experiences to the summer capital, the whole of Estonia and international audiences.
Pärnu City Orchestra has collaborated with several prestigious festivals, performed with internationally renowned conductors and soloists as well as young up-and-coming talent, creating unforgettable musical experiences.
The orchestra’s mission is to find young musicians and offer them the opportunity to perform with a professional ensemble, and to encourage them in their career choice.
The multifaceted and creative seasons with music from many genres have offered many performances at Pärnu’s traditional events, various musical productions, and operas. In addition, many Estonian compositions have been recorded, valuing the works of domestic authors.
The orchestra’s performances have found their way onto recordings and film soundtracks, providing experiences on cinema screens and in the homes of music lovers alike. We value the creation of brilliant music and create joy with timeless music.
During the jubilee season, you are invited to experience the magic of music and discover new worlds of sound with the Pärnu City Orchestra.