Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste will perform the music of Arvo Pärt in renowned concert halls in Washington DC and New York from 27 May until 2 June.
On 27 May the choir and the orchestra will perform their program of Arvo Pärt’s works at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington. Fratres (violinist Harry Traksmann), Adam’s Lament, Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten and Te Deum will be performed at a free concert in the center’s Concert Hall.
On May 31 the musicians will perform in New York’s world-famous Carnegie Hall, where Salve Regina will be added to the program mentioned above.
TCO musicians will give a chamber concert of Arvo Pärt’s music on May 29 in the Phillips Collection in Washington, presenting the world premiere of a new arrangement of My Heart’s in the Highlands for alto, piano, violin, viola and cello. The concert will be part of the Leading European Composers Series.
Finally, EPCC conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste will give an a cappella concert on June 2 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art‘s Temple of Dendur in New York City, featuring Pärt’s Kanon Pokajanen. The concerts will take place in the presence of composer Arvo Pärt. Tickets for the concerts in the Carnegie Hall as well as the Metropolitan Museum of Art have already been sold out.
The initiator of this concert series is St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary (SVOTS) in New York, which will give an honorary doctorate title on sacred music to Arvo Pärt at a ceremony on May 31. The concerts have been organized with the help and support of the Estonian Embassy in Washington, Estonian Ministry of Culture, the New World Classics, ECM, the aforementioned concert venues and numerous private sponsors. The President of the Republic of Estonia Toomas Hendrik Ilves will attend the Kennedy Center concert. Estonian Minister of Culture Urve Tiidus will be present at Carnegie Hall.
The events include a series of presentations and discussions in Washington and New York. On May 28 there will be a panel discussion in George Washington University conducted by Douglas Boyze, the head of University’s Music department, and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology Dr. Peter Bouteneff. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is collaborating with SVOTS to present a panel discussion on the topic “Spirit in Sound and Space: A Conversation Inspired by Arvo Pärt” on the 11th of June, which seeks to open up the spiritual content of the music by Arvo Pärt, and how different spaces can affect the perception of music. Presentations will be made by neuroscientist Robert Zatorre of the Montreal Neurological Institute, architect Steven Holl and theology professor Peter Bouteneff. The lecture evening is part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s lecture series “Spark”.
The Metropolitan Museum of Arts’ concert will be aired live on Q2Music web channel q2music.org.