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Schubert featured by top soloists at Arvo Pärt Centre second season opening concert

18.09.2019

The second season of the Arvo Pärt Centre continues to focus on musicians and composers important to Arvo Pärt from Estonia and elsewhere. Today’s opening concert features music by Franz Schubert, one of Arvo Pärt’s favourite composers.

Performing at the opening concert of the season on 18 September will be world-renowned soloists, the German cellist Anja Lechner and Argentinian guitar player Pablo Márquez. Their programme titled Night was born out of a shared love for Franz Schubert’s music and Lieder. In November 2018, Lechner and Márquez also released an album of the same name under the ECM record label.

On 13 October, the Arvo Pärt Centre will celebrate one year of operating in their new building. This milestone will be celebrated with several events. On the weekend before the anniversary, 5 and 6 October, the concert hall at the centre will host a performance by Hortus Musicus, an ensemble that has played an important role in the birth of Arvo Pärt’s tintinnabuli style. The concert revives the historic moments in the second half of the 1970s, when Hortus Musicus introduced to audiences Arvo Pärt’s earliest tintinnabuli works.

Performing on 12 October at the Centre will be two prize-winning youth choirs from Tartu, whose interpretation of Arvo Pärt’s works for female choir has fascinated the composer. Besides Pärt’s choral pieces, the E STuudio youth choir and Eller Girls’ Choir, both conducted by Külli Lokko, will also perform works by other Estonian composers.

On the anniversary of the opening of the centre, 13 October, the documentary The Tintinnabuli Forest by Estonian Public Broadcasting will be screened in the centre’s concert hall, bringing the audience the musical highlights and festive atmosphere of the opening day of the Arvo Pärt Centre.

In the evening of All Souls Day, the concert hall at the Arvo Pärt Centre will be filled with choral music by the Collegium Musicale Chamber Choir conducted by Endrik Üksvärav. Their concert programme focuses on choral works by outstanding active composers from Estonia and Poland, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Paweł Łukaszewski and Arvo Pärt. The audience can also expect a premiere of Łukaszewski’s new composition. With the concert, the Arvo Pärt Centre pays tribute to Erkki-Sven Tüür on the cusp of his 60th birthday.

In November, the vocal ensemble Heinavanker conducted by Margo Kõlar will dedicate their concert to the work of Cyrillus Kreek. In December, in cooperation with Eesti Kontsert, the Centre will welcome the piano quartet of the Polish early music collective Arte dei Suonatori performing works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, an undisputed favourite of Pärt, as well as Mozart’s contemporary Polish composers.

You are cordially invited to take part in the events of the second season of the Arvo Pärt Centre!

Information about all concerts, lectures and film screenings at the Arvo Pärt Centre is available on the website of the centre.

Due to the restrictions imposed by the Estonian Government the Arvo Pärt Centre is closed 3-28 March.

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