TALLINN –> SHANGHAI
3rd concert in the CITY LIGHTS series
Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Suite on Estonian Dance Tunes for violin and orchestra
Kullervo Symphony (Kullervo-sinfonia), op. 7
ARVO LEIBUR violin
MONIKA-EVELIN LIIV mezzo-soprano
RAUNO ELP baritone (Estonian National Opera)
Estonian National Male Choir
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor LEIF SEGERSTAM
Right before ENSO’s Hong Kong tour, the home audience will be given a performance of the works to be played on the tour. Besides works by the Estonian composers Eduard Tubin and Arvo Pärt, Jean Sibelius’ classic Kullervo Symphony, based on the Finnish national epic Kalevala, will also be performed in Hong Kong.
The soloist in Tubin’s suite will be the long-time leader of ENSO, Arvo Leibur, who has gained recognition in Estonia and abroad as a soloist as well as a chamber musician. In 2005, he received the Annual Award of the Estonian Music Council for his outstanding work as a soloist and for shaping the sound of ENSO. In 2008, he was awarded the Order of the Oranje-Nassau by the Kingdom of the Netherlands for his long-term work as the leader of various symphony orchestras in the Netherlands. Arvo Leibur started working with ENSO already as a student. On almost 30 occasions he has performed with the orchestra as a soloist, at the 1993 Europamusicale Festival in Munich among them. Since 2001, he has performed as leader of the orchestra.
For the very first time, ENSO will go on a foreign tour with the Finnish conductor Leif Segerstam. 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.
* Pre-concert at 6 pm
Estonian National Male Choir
Conductor MIKK ÜLEOJA
Concert is produced by ERSO
Presented by Radisson Blu
This season you can enjoy the bright shine of big city lights with ENSO at four different concerts. The concert “Tallinn → Ann Arbor” will fly Estonia’s premier orchestra on tour in the United States for the third time, and “Tallinn → Shanghai” to Hong Kong. The concerts are conducted by Arvo Volmer, the former principal conductor of ENSO and the current principal conductor of the Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento, and Leif Segerstam, one of the most renowned Finnish conductors who regularly works as a guest conductor with 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. In recent years Segerstam has been working as the principal conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra.
Paris and Los Angeles, metropolises of Europe and the United States, are brought to audiences through the compositions by Igor Stravinsky. It was in these two cities that the cosmopolitan composer lived for the longest time.
One of the most original younger generation pianists, Víkingur Ólafsson, comes to Tallinn from Reykjavik, Iceland, the northernmost capital of the world, bringing Estonian and Icelandic musicians and music together on stage.
Friday 8 December 2017 – PARIS AND LOS ANGELES, conductor NIKOLAI ALEXEEV
Friday 19 January 2017 – TALLINN → ANN ARBOR, conductor ARVO VOLMER
Friday 9 March 2018 – TALLINN → SHANGHAI, conductor LEIF SEGERSTAM
Sunday 20 May 2018 – FROM ICE TO EST, Festival “Practical Spirituality”, ENSO chamber ensembles and pianist Víkingur Ólafsson
Series tickets for the “City Lights” concert series: 55€ / 40€ (available until 6.12.2017)