February 10, 2012 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall
February 18, 2012 at 8:15 pm — De Oosterpoort, Groningen (Netherlands)

4th concert of the SAGA series

Pärt. In spe for wind quintet and string orchestra (Estonian première)
Pärt. Adam’s Lament
Mozart. Requiem

Kädy Plaas (soprano)
Iris Oja (alto)
Colin Balzer (tenor)
Simon Bailey (bass)
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
stonian National Symphony Orchestra

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept, for there they that carried us away captive required of us a song: and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion! How can we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land? If I forget thee, O Jerusalem , let my right hand forget her cunning. (Psalms 137)

Thirty-five years ago, just these lines from the Psalms inspired Arvo Pärt to write the vocal composition An den Wassern zu Babel saßen wir und weinten. In 2010 the composer completed its new and extended instrumental version commissioned by the Vale of Glamorgan Festival of Music in Wales.  Its world première, performed by Welsh National Symphony Orchestra under Tõnu Kaljuste’s conduction, took place on 9 September 2011 at the concert dedicated to Arvo Pärt’s 75th birthday at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

Adam’s Lament speaks about Adam, the forefather of three great religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam – and the symbolic connecting link between them. “There are many countries in the world; they are becoming increasingly different, and this is appalling. They are not becoming different in the good but in the bad sense. Therefore, I wanted to touch upon this point – where did things start getting worse?” (Arvo Pärt). Adam’s Lament was written as a joint commission of two European Capitals of Culture – Tallinn 2011 and Istanbul 2010. Its world première took place in Istanbul on 7 June 2010 and the Estonian première in Tallinn on 3 September 2010; both were conducted by Tõnu Kaljuste; in Istanbul it was performed with the participation of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.

The second half of the concert includes Mozart’s aeonian Requiem. The conductor is Daniel Reuss who works as the artistic director and chief conductor of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir for the fourth season.

Concert is produced in cooperation with Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir.
Single ticket: 15 € / 10 €

In its 85th anniversary season, ERSO brings to its listeners four exciting series of superb concerts:  JUBILATE, MASTERCLASS, SAGA and CONCERTO.
The concert is part of the SAGA series that enables listeners to enjoy works with an exciting background and subject matter in a magnificent performance. Six concerts of the SAGA series:
I: 23. ja 24.09.2011  SAUL
II: 04.11.2011  PLANETS
III: 27.01.2012 NATURE, LIFE, LOVE
IV: 10.02.2012 IN SPE
V: 16.03.2012 FIREBIRD

If you buy a ticket for all the concerts mentioned, you will win 30% of the price of single tickets.
Series tickets are sold until the first concert of each series. Tickets for the SAGA series are sold until 23 September 2011.
With a series ticket the price of one concert is 10,50 € / concessions for students and pensioners 7 €.
Six concerts of the SAGA series: 63 € / concessions for students and pensioners 42 €.