Tickets go on sale today for the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s ‘Midnight Sun’ concertsat the Berlin Philharmonieon 26 June and Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonieon 2 July. We’re delighted to be returning to the Philharmonie for the first time since 2014, and the Elbphilharmonie will always have a special place in our hearts after our unforgettable debut there in August 2017, when we gave an impromptu post-concert performance for hundreds of people outside the hall. Both ‘Midnight Sun’ concerts are presented by the Baltic Sea Music Education Foundation e. V.
‘Midnight Sun’ is a celebration of nature and Nordic unity. The phenomenon of the sun never setting at night is experienced around the time of the summer solstice in the far north of Norway, Finland, Sweden, Russia and other countries that straddle the Arctic Circle. ‘It’s a phenomenon that only the populations of the north are favoured with,’ says Kristjan. ‘It unites Nordic communities, and with this musical programme we are reiterating that message of Nordic unity.’
‘Midnight Sun’ opens with Rautavaara’s Cantus Arcticus, his concerto for birds and orchestra that features taped birdsong recorded around the Arctic Circle and in the marshlands of Liminka in northern Finland. Violinist Mari Samuelsen will then join the orchestra to perform Kristjan’s Northern Lights-inspired Aurora, Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, Pēteris Vasks’s Vientuļais Eņģelis(Lonely Angel), and Dona Nobis Pacemby Max Richter. ‘Midnight Sun’ climaxes with more magical light, this time courtesy of the mythical Firebird of Russian folklore, in Stravinsky’s 1945 orchestral version of his great ballet The Firebird.
If you’ve never seen an orchestra perform from memory, these ‘Midnight Sun’ concerts in Berlin and Hamburg will be a revelation. With the music stands gone from the stage, and most of the players standing and free to move, the dynamism of the presentation brings a thrilling extra dimension to the performance. Don’t miss out – get your tickets today!
Tickets for Berlin: 29 EUR | 24 EUR | 17 EUR
Tickets for Hamburg: 95 EUR | 75 EUR | 55 EUR | 35 EUR | 20 EUR