ERI KLAS 80
4th concert of the MAESTRO series
Tone Poem Death and Transfiguration (Tod und Verklärung)
Four Last Songs (Vier letzte Lieder)
Symphony No. 298 Stretching thoughts towards… (Eri Klas in memoriam)
Suite from The Knight of the Rose (Der Rosenkavalier)
HELENA JUNTUNEN soprano
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor LEIF SEGERSTAM
At the beginning of June, the Estonian National Opera, Eesti Kontsert, and ENSO will organise a joint festival to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the birth of Maestro Eri Klas (7 June 1939 – 26 February 2016). The ENSO concert will be conducted by Leif Segerstam, a long-time colleague and friend of Eri Klas.
Segerstam: ‘Eri Klas was a very close friend; we both worked at the Sibelius Academy, the Royal Swedish Opera, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. We also spent a lot of time together during our leisure time, had a lot of common friends, and visited the same events.’
In addition to the work of Richard Strauss, who was also very important for Klas, Segerstam’s own symphony will be performed. ‘I composed this as a musical memorial for my dear friend,’ said Segerstam.
Leif Segerstam’s career as a conductor started in the Finnish National Opera. He has subsequently worked with the Stockholm Royal Opera, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, with the Austrian, Finnish and Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestras, the Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfaltz, and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. From 2012, he has been the principal conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. He also regularly works as a guest conductor with other symphony orchestras all over the world and conducts performances in the New York Metropolitan Opera, London Royal Opera House, La Scala in Milan, and others.
Tickets: €23 / €16
The concert is produced by ENSO
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