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<div class="at-above-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://blog.baltic-sea-philharmonic.eu/inside-the-virtual-orchestra/"></div>Steve Reich’s ‘Music for Ensemble and Orchestra’ (2018) will have its German premiere at the Usedom Music Festival on 21 September 2019, as part of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s ‘Divine Geometry’ tour.<!-- AddThis Advanced Settings above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Advanced Settings generic via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons above via filter on get_the_excerpt --><!-- AddThis Share Buttons below via filter on get_the_excerpt --><div class="at-below-post-cat-page addthis_tool" data-url="https://blog.baltic-sea-philharmonic.eu/inside-the-virtual-orchestra/"></div><!-- AddThis Share Buttons generic via filter on get_the_excerpt -->


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The Baltic Sea Philharmonic turns ten years old today. On 4 June 2008 we gave our first concert, in the Latvian capital Riga, on the occasion of the Summit of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. Our second concert came just a few months later, on 21 September, when we opened the Usedom Music Festival.


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The Baltic Sea Philharmonic turns ten years old today. On 4 June 2008 we gave our first concert, in the Latvian capital Riga, on the occasion of the Summit of the Council of the Baltic Sea States. Our second concert came just a few months later, on 21 September, when we opened the Usedom Music Festival.


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From the moment we launched in 2008, education has always been at the heart of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s mission. The foundation of our education activities was and remains the intensive coaching that the orchestra’s musicians receive from our team of renowned international coaches, many of whom have been with us from the beginning.


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The Baltic Sea Philharmonic has been honoured to collaborate with many world-class soloists during the last ten years, among them such leading names as Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Julia Fischer, Jan Vogler, Martin Fröst and Alexander Toradze.


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The Baltic Sea Philharmonic has been honoured to collaborate with many world-class soloists during the last ten years, among them such leading names as Angela Gheorghiu, Jonas Kaufmann, Julia Fischer, Jan Vogler, Martin Fröst and Alexander Toradze.


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Berlin artist Philipp Geist is the man behind the mesmerising projection art of ‘Waterworks’. With more than 21 years’ experience of creating large-scale installations, exhibitions and audio-visual projects across the world, he is no stranger to working with innovative orchestras and musicians.


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From its earliest days, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic has always been uniting people. Every year our musicians come together from the ten countries of the Baltic Sea region, an area that was historically divided. And as an ambassador for Nordic culture, we reach out to other nations and people around the world with our music. Beyond music and culture, what unites us in the Baltic Sea Philharmonic is our connection to nature and to the landscapes of our region, and nothing shapes our natural environment more than the Baltic Sea itself. With ‘Waterworks’ we celebrate not just the life-giving essence of water, but also the Baltic Sea – that great body of water which sustains our region and joins us to all the other water in the world.

The music of ‘Waterworks’ is inspired by water and its power to bind us together, as Kristjan Järvi explains: ‘Our programme starts with Handel’s Water Music, because as Handel was born in Germany he was originally part of our Baltic compositional fabric, and it brings us all the way down to the waters of the Amazon, with Philip Glass’s Aguas da Amazonia. The music represents how we are from this region, but are also connected to the whole world. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the waters of the Baltic or the Amazon: everything is connected.’

As we mark Philip Glass’s 80th birthday year, alongside Aguas da Amazonia we perform another of his nature-themed compositions, the Violin Concerto No. 2 The American Four Seasons, for which we are delighted to welcome back the dynamic Russian-born violinist Mikhail Simonyan. We also welcome musicians of the New York-based Absolute Ensemble, who will be embedded in the Baltic Sea Philharmonic on this tour. A brilliant technical team have joined us to create a truly immersive concert experience, fusing music, fashion, sound, light and images to magical effect. This show marks a new stage in our journey as an orchestra, and we are thrilled to be sharing it for the first time with you.


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