Pärnu Muusikafestival 2023 / Kammergala

Pärnu Kontserdimaja, Aida 4
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20:00 - 23:59

Tuesday, 18 July 2023 20:00, Pärnu Concert Hall – Chamber Music gala
Artists from Estonian Festival Orchestra

Florence Price (1887–1953) – Adoration (1951)
Signe Sõmer (clarinet), Tuuli Talvitie, Lisanne Altrov (violin), Sandra Klimaitė (viola), Māra Botmane (cello)

Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904) – Quintet in E flat major Op. 97 (arr. for horn and strings: Jeremy Thurlow and Alec Frank-Gemmill)
I Allegro non tanto
II Allegro vivo
III Larghetto
IV Finale (Allegro giusto)

Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn), Sharon Roffman, Grace Lee (violin), Liisa Randalu (viola), Theodor Sink (cello)

Erkki-Sven Tüür (1959) – Synergie (2010) 
Benjamin Baker (violin), Theodor Sink (cello)

York Bowen (1884–1961) – Ballade Op. 133
Paula Ernesaks (horn), Martine Värnik (oboe), Mika Chang (piano)

Johann Strauss II (1825–1899) – Keiser-Walzer (Emperor Waltz) Op. 437 (1889)
Kärt Ruubel (piano), Adela Bratu, Triinu Piirsalu (violin), Andres Kaljuste (viola), Marius Järvi (cello), Matthew Hunt (clarinet), Maria Luisk (flute)

Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840–1893) – Souvenir de Florence (1890/1891–1892)
I Allegro con spirito
II Adagio cantabile e con moto
III Allegretto moderato
IV Allegro con brio e vivace

Triin Ruubel, Emma Yoon (violin), Xandi van der Dijk, Sarina Zickgraf (viola), Benjamin Nyffenegger, Thomas Ruge (cello) 

For ten days from 12 to 21 July Estonia’s summer capital will be filled with the buzz and love of music-making. The 2023 Pärnu Music Festival brings legendary violinist and violist Pinchas Zukerman to Estonia and Neeme Järvi will conduct the festival’s opening concert. Paavo Järvi leads the Estonian Festival Orchestra in four concerts and Kristjan Järvi returns with the Baltic Sea Philharmonic.

“Every year, world-famous soloists have surprised Pärnu’s audiences, and they’ll do it again this summer. Although the programme is traditionally revealed in Spring, we are delighted to already announce the first arrivals to the Pärnu Music Festival,” says Kristjan Hallik, the festival’s CEO.

Pinchas Zukerman, the world-renowned violinist and violist, and a legend of concert halls for more than 50 years, is one of four top soloists who will perform on the Pärnu stage with the Estonian Festival Orchestra (EFO) and conductor Paavo Järvi. The EFO will have busy days ahead, as they will perform for home audiences for a total of four nights.

Kristjan Järvi and the Baltic Sea Philharmonic return to the stage this summer, following their hugely success performance at last year’s festival. Audiences can expect another uplifting concert experience that goes beyond the boundaries of classical music.

The festival kicks off on 12 July with the opening concert led by maestro Neeme Järvi at the Pärnu Concert Hall, which will remain the central venue for the following days. Neeme Järvi’s return to the festival in 2022 after an absence of several years was an emotional reunion and we are delighted that he returns again this summer.

In addition to 10 concerts, the Pärnu Music Festival also includes the Järvi Academy and master classes for young musicians and conductors, led by Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi, Kristjan Järvi and leading guest instrumentalists. Registration and receipt of applications will start in the new year. Also, for the third summer in a row, you can catch the Pärnu Concert Hall’s music events via Pärnu Music Festival TV.