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May 13, 2016

ENSO’s 90th season includes six diverse concert series: 

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In the opening concert of the season, the orchestra will be joined on stage by Leif Segerstam and the violists of the Zemtsov family; a gala concert will be held to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Tallinn Music High School; and the series will also feature two monumental orchestral masterpieces: Mahler’s and Dvořák’s ninth symphonies.

9.09.2016  SEASON OPENING. Conductor LEIF SEGERSTAM
7.10.2016  MAHLER’S NINTH
Conductor OLARI ELTS
28.10.2016 BEST OF THE BEST OF ESTONIAN MUSICIANS
. Conductors RISTO JOOST, TÕNU KALJUSTE, MIKK MURDVEE, ANDRES MUSTONEN, PAUL MÄGI, LAURI SIRP
20.04.2017  FROM THE NEW WORLD. Conductor RISTO JOOST


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The anniversary season concerts will be conducted by Neeme Järvi and by the orchestra’s former principal conductors – Arvo Volmer and Nikolai Alekseev. The last concert of the series is dedicated to the 100th birthday of ENSO’s former long-time principal conductor, Roman Matsov. A benefit concert will be held to support the education and interest-based activities of the children of the deceased or disabled military service members.

16.09.2016  CHARITY CONCERT. Conductor ARVO VOLMER
17.11.2016  ENSO 90.
Conductor NEEME JÄRVI
17.02.2017  À LA FRANCE.
Conductor ARVO VOLMER
5.05.2017 ROMAN MATSOV 100.
Conductor NIKOLAI ALEXEEV


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The first concert of the series is dedicated to the 85th birthday of the Russian composer, Sofia Gubaidulina. Three of the concerts will feature music by Brahms, and the series will come to an end with a celebration of the 130th birthday of Heino Eller, a great figure in Estonian music. Triple Concerto is the final concert of the series, showcasing the winners of the “Classical Stars” competition.

14.10.2016  SOFIA GUBAIDULINA 85. Conductor ANDRES MUSTONEN
18.11.2016  ENSO 90. Conductor NEEME JÄRVI
31.03.2017 BRAHMS & SCHUBERT. Conductor JOSEPH SWENSEN
28.04.2017  TRIPLE CONCERTO. Conductor OLARI ELTS


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Music of the Future is this season’s fresh and experimental concert series for those who have a special interest in modern culture. Premieres, new arrangements, a DJ and a symphony, alternative energy and dark dreams, the International Modern Music Festival AFEKT and the Estonian Music Days – music of the future reaches its audience though the guidance of Kristiina Poska, Kristjan Järvi, Olari Elts and Michael Wendeberg. The arts are alive!

21.10.2016  DARK DREAMS. International Contemporary Music Festival AFEKT. Conductor MICHAEL WENDEBERG
2.12.2016 SWAN LAKE. Conductor KRISTJAN JÄRVI
25.02.2017 ALTERNATIVE ENERGY. Conductor OLARI ELTS
7.04.2017 SILENCE OF THE NORTH WIND. Estonian Music DaysConductor KRISTIINA POSKA


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The series begins with a concert “Tallinn –> Beijing”, which sends ENSO off along with Kristjan Järvi on their first tour of China. In addition, the fifth symphonies by both Shostakovich and Prokofiev will be performed, the winner of ENSO’s Special Prize in “Classical Stars” competition, pianist Kristiina Rokashevich, will appear as a soloist with the orchestra, and as a slightly unexpected digression for a symphony orchestra one of the programmes will explore music of the Baroque era.

9.12.2016    TALLINN –> BEIJING. Conductor KASPAR MÄND
10.02.2017 PROKOFIEV’S FIFTH. Conductor NEEME JÄRVI
10.03.2017 ENSO BAROQUEENSO soloists and ensembles
12.05.2017 SHOSTAKOVICH’S FIFTH. Conductor CHRISTIAN VÁSQUEZ


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Tchaikovsky’s First Piano Concerto will be performed by Ivari Ilja, Olari Elts will conduct “The Song of the Earth” by Mahler and Nikolai Alekseev will conduct Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 “Babi Yar”. The series will culminate with a celebration of Maestro Neeme Järvi’s 80th birthday.

13.01.2017 IVARI ILJA & TCHAIKOVSKY. Conductor DIMITRIS BOTINIS
3.02.2017   MAHLER & ELTS. Conductor OLARI ELTS
24.03.2017 SHOSTAKOVICH & ALEXEEV. Conductor NIKOLAI ALEKSEJEV
6.06.2017   FINAL CONCERT OF THE SEASON. Neeme Järvi 80. Conductors NEEME JÄRVI, KRISTJAN JÄRVI