Season Opening

September 9, 2010 at 7 pm — Tallinn, Estonia Concert Hall
September 10, 2010 at 7 pm — Tallinn, Estonia Concert Hall

Arvo Pärt
“Cecilia, vergine romana”
Symphony No. 3 (dedicated to Neeme Järvi)
Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 1 D major

Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Chamber Choir Voces Musicales

ERSO, conducted by Maestro Neeme Järvi, opens its new concert season with the music of 2010 jubilee celebrants, Arvo Pärt and Gustav Mahler. The concerts form part of the programme of Pärt Festive Weeks. Arvo Pärt celebrates his 75th birthday on 11 September.

Pärt’s Symphony No 3 was first performed in Tallinn at the opening concert of the 1972 season. Then, too, the Symphony Orchestra of Estonian Radio and Television (the present ERSO) was conducted by Neeme Järvi. The symphony was dedicated to Neeme Järvi and has been recurrently performed and recorded under his conducting. “If we want to reach the core of any work of music, we cannot avoid reduction, i.e. we should get rid of all the ballast — periods, styles, forms, orchestrations, harmony, polyphony — and reach monophony, its intonations. Only there we are face to face with either the truth or a lie.” (Arvo Pärt)

To mark the 150th birth and 100th death anniversary of the Austrian composer and conductor Gustav Mahler, his music takes the pride of place in the repertoire of most orchestras of the world. Surprisingly, however, although Neeme Järvi has often conducted Mahler’s music, it is the first time he performs it with ERSO.

Concerts are produced by ERSO
Tickets: 300.- (19.17 €), 200.- (12.78 €)