GREAT SUMMER GATHERING. FRIENDS
“Grande polonaise brillante”
Suite from “Pelléas et Mélisande”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Aria of the Queen of the Night from “The Magic Flute”
Symphony No. 5 in B minor
ZEE ZEE piano
ELINA NECHAYEVA soprano
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor NEEME JÄRVI
ENSO and Maestro Neeme Järvi welcome music lovers from all over the world at the Alexela Concert Hall in Tallinn on the eve of the XXVII Song Celebration ‘My Fatherland is My Love’. The concert ‘Great Summer Gathering. Friends’ is part of the programme of the international meeting of friends of Estonia. The purpose of the event is to thank entrepreneurs, politicians, and cultural figures whose activities have helped Estonia to develop into a European country with a dynamic economy and a thriving cultural environment. The patrons of the meeting are President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and conductor Neeme Järvi.
The year 2019 will mark the 150th anniversary of the first Estonian Song Festival and the 100th anniversary of the introduction of musical higher education in Estonia. The success stories of Estonian musicians and music are largely built on these milestones.
The pianist Zee Zee, who was also the soloist of the opening concert of the ENSO 2017/2018 season, and soprano Elina Nechayeva, who participated in the ENSO tour in Armenia and Georgia in 2018, will perform as soloists. Pianist Zhang Zuo, “Zee Zee”, has been described as “full of enthusiasm and glamour, radiating the vigour of youth” (Chinese Gramophone) and hailed as “a powerful, passionate and compelling representation of pure artistry” (Los Angeles Times). Born in China, Zee Zee has made a vertiginous career and now performs with several top orchestras of the world, including the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. “Zee Zee is one of the most outstanding and passionate pianist talents I have ever met.” (Paavo Järvi)
Elina Nechayeva has graduated from the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre in classical singing. In 2014, she reached the final of the TV competition Stars of Classical Music and in 2018, she represented Estonia with the song ‘La forza’ at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, earning Estonia the eighth place.
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