Paavo Järvi. Foto: Jean Christophe Uhl

March 10, 2016 at 7 pm — Vanemuine Concert Hall
March 12, 2016 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

2nd concert of the CITY LIGHTS series

Bedřich Smetana (1824–1884)
Symphonic Cycle My Country (Má vlast, 1874–1879)

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

The best known works of Bedřich Smetana, also called the father of Czech music, are the cycle of symphonic poems “My Country”, describing the natural beauty, history and folktales of the composer’s homeland, and the comical opera “The Bartered Bride”.


“Smetana’s My Country has always been an important work to me. Usually only parts of it are performed, most often the famous Vltava, but this time we are bringing the whole cycle to the audience.” (Paavo Järvi)

In 2015, the international festival Prague Spring celebrated its 70th anniversary. Each year the festival brings many top soloists, ensembles and orchestras to the Czech capital. The festival always starts on 12 May, on the day Bedřich Smetana died and each time My Country, a piece of special significance for the Czech people, is traditionally performed at the opening concert. The site for the opening concert is also symbolic – a concert hall currently named after Smetana, where the independence of the Czechoslovak Republic was declared.

“I am a Czech, heart and soul, and am proud to be heir to our glory.” (Bedřich Smetana)

Paavo Järvi, one of the most sought after conductors in the world, will be working as the artistic director and the principal conductor of the NHK Symphony Orchestra in Japan. He will also continue his collaboration with the Orchestre de Paris and the German Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra in Bremen. Paavo Järvi is honorary conductor at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and an active contributor to the annual Järvi music festival in Pärnu.

In addition, he has worked with ENSO for years and collaborated with the orchestra on many internationally acclaimed recordings, such as the Sibelius cantatas for Virgin Classics that won a Grammy for Estonian musicians for the first time in history. In spring 2015, Paavo Järvi and ENSO released their latest recording – Shostakovich’s cantatas – under the Erato label, and it has received very positive feedback both in the Estonian and the international media.

Tickets in Tartu: 20 € / 15 €

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Tickets in Tallinn: 22 € / 16 €


Concerts are organized by ENSO (in Tartu in cooperation with Eesti Kontsert)







12.02.2016 PARIS. LA BELLE ÉPOQUE. ENSO’s chamber ensembles
12.03.2016 PRAGUE. Conductor PAAVO JÄRVI
25.03.2016 VIENNA. Conductor NEEME JÄRVI
15.04.2016 SPRING IN TALLINN. Estonian Music Days. Conductor ANU TALI

Series  tickets 49,20 € /  34,80 €*
 series tickets can be purchased until 12.02.2016 through PILETILEVI or at the box office at Estonia Concert Hall.

* Concessions available for school and university students and senior citizens.

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