Concerts

FIVE SACRED TREES

November 8, 2012 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

2nd concert of the CLASSICS series

Robert Schumann. Symphony in G minor “Zwickau”
John Williams. “Five Sacred Trees” (Bassoon Concerto)
Ludwig van Beethoven. Symphony No 2 in D major, Op 36

PEETER SARAPUU (bassoon)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor OLARI ELTS


As a good tradition, the principal guest conductor of ERSO and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Olari Elts, will offer something new, exciting and intriguing for our audiences.

The American composer, conductor and pianist, John Towner Williams, is an undisputed superstar of film music, having composed the music for Star Wars, Superman, Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List and the first three parts of the Harry Potter series. He has earned five Academy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards and seven British Academy of Film and Theatre Awards, as well as 21 Grammys. With his 47 Academy Award nominations, he is the second most nominated person after Walt Disney. His bassoon concerto The Five Sacred Trees, composed in 1995 for the 150th anniversary of the New York Philharmonic, is dedicated to the orchestra’s principal bassoon Judith LeClair. The five parts of the work represent the sacred trees of ancient Celtic mythology.

Peeter Sarapuu. Foto: Peeter Laurits

Peeter Sarapuu. Foto: Peeter Laurits

The soloist is ERSO’s principal bassoon and renowned chamber musician, Peeter Sarapuu, who is noted both for his flawless technique and captivating performances. “Sarapuu does not pose as a pretentious soloist or a virtuoso showing off his technical skills. His manner is somehow honest and unadorned, yet vivid and warm.” (Heili Vaus-Tamm, Sirp, 18 May 2007).

The concert also includes a rarely played early piece by Robert Schumann, the unfinished Zwickau Symphony, and Beethoven’s Symphony No 2.

Tickets: 20 € / concessions for students and pensioners 15 €.
Concert is produced by ERSO.


In its 86th season, ERSO brings to its listeners six concert series: PARIS SYMPHONIES, FESTIVO, CLASSICS, MASTERCLASS, 1001 NIGHTS and MAESTRO.

The concert is part of the CLASSICS series:

  • 19.10.2012 DEATH AND TRANSFIGURATION
  • 8.11.2012 FIVE SACRED TREES
  • 21.12.2012 FROM THE NEW WORLD
  • 1.03.2013 CREATION
  • 12.04.2013 GREAT SYMPHONY
  • Tickets for the CLASSICS series are sold out.
    Single tickets in Tallinn: 20 € / concessions for students and pensioners 15 €.