Jonas Alber

March 6, 2013 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

4th concert of the PARIS SYMPHONIES series
5th concert of the FESTIVO series

Franz Joseph Haydn. Symphony No 85 in B flat major La reine (Queen)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K 191
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy. Symphony No 4 in A major, Op 90 (Italy)

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra

We would like to forward this message from Neeme Järvi to the concert going public.

Neeme Järvi. Foto: Simon van Boxtel

Neeme Järvi. Foto: Simon van Boxtel

Dear audiences,
Greetings to you all! For certain compelling reasons I will need to take a short break and unfortunately will not be able to conduct the ERSO concerts “Queen” and “March 8” advertised for 6 and 8 March. I entrust my orchestra to the marvellous German conductor Jonas Alber, who currently collaborates with many world-class orchestras and opera theatres. In addition, the concert on 5 April “Estonian Heritage” will be conducted by Arvo Volmer, onetime long serving chief conductor of ERSO and the Estonia National Opera, and current chief conductor of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra.
I will be with you once again for the “Great Symphony” on 11 and 12 April. Until then I will be listening to the concerts with you on Klassikaraadio.
Stay healthy!
Yours, Neeme Järvi

Martin Kuuskmann. Photo: Karl J Kaul.

Martin Kuuskmann. Photo: Karl J Kaul.

Martin Kuuskmann, who was born and raised in Estonia, and who relocated to the United States to pursue his studies and subsequently an international solo career, is a musician whose contribution to introducing the bassoon as a virtuoso solo instrument cannot be overestimated. The New York Times has described his playing as “dynamic…amazing…gripping…”; in 2007 he earned a Grammy nomination for his recording of David Chesky’s Bassoon Concerto dedicated to him. In addition to Chesky, Kuuskmann has had works composed for him by Erkki-Sven Tüür, Eino Tamberg, Tõnu Kõrvits, Gregor Huebner, Christopher Theofanidis, Charles Coleman and others.

In addition to Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto, where Martin Kuuskmann will perform as the soloist, this concert will also include Haydn’s Paris Symphony No 4, known to have been one of the favourite pieces of Queen Marie Antoinette of France, and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s Symphony No 4 reflecting the latter’s travels to Italy, and which Igor Stravinsky referred to as the best example of musical elegance.

Jonas Alber has been called an unparalleled magician of sound, and has been praised for a maturity that seems unimaginable for such a young conductor. When he was appointed General Music Director of the Staatstheater Braunschweig in 1998, he became the youngest conductor in Germany to hold such a post. Today he is much in demand as a guest conductor with symphony orchestras and opera companies in every part of the globe.

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 two concert series.

FESTIVO series:

Tickets for the PARIS SYMPHONIES and FESTIVO series are sold out. Single tickets are still available.