Nordic Pulse

How do we follow such an ambitious 2018?  Well, we certainly had a plenty of motivation to make 2018 our most exciting yet. Not only did 2018 mark the centenary of independence for the Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and just over 100 years since Finland and Poland declared independence. 2018 was  also our tenth anniversary. 2019 will be much more significant for us, because we will return after 3 years to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland and Russia. Come with us and experience ‘Nordic Pulse’!

On the concert stage we’ll be celebrating those great countries of the Baltic Sea region with a special programme called ‘Nordic Pulse’. Drawing on the cream of Nordic composers, from Tchaikovsky and Vasks to contemporary stars including Gediminas Gelgotas and our own Kristjan Järvi, ‘Nordic Pulse’ will tour in 2019 with leading young violinist David Nebel as one of our soloists. David will give Gelgotas’s new Violin Concerto in March.

Our ‘Nordic Pulse’ tour in March is inspired by nature and the Northern Lights, as well as by the fairytale magic of Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty. The tour takes us to five major venues, some of them new to the orchestra, others warmly familiar. The opening concert (11 March) will be the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s first performance in the Lithuanian resort town of Palanga, home to a state-of-the-art circular concert hall that was completed in 2015. We’ll then travel to Riga (12 March) and the Great Guild Concert Hall, scene of our first ever concert in June 2008. The Estonia Concert Hall in Tallinn, the city of Kristjan’s birth, welcomes us back on 16 March for the first time in three years. The next day, in Helsinki, we’ll be making our debut at the Alvar Aalto-designed Finlandia Hall. And for the final concert of the tour, on 19 March, we’ll return to the renowned Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, this time to play in the ultra-modern Mariinsky II.

Two soloists will join us for ‘Nordic Pulse’. David Nebel will perform Pēteris Vasks’s meditative second violin concerto Vientuļais Eņģelis (Lonely Angel) and Gediminas Gelgotas’s 2018 Violin Concerto, a piece that was written for David, who describes it as ‘powerful and physical music, but also very atmospheric, with an impressionistic feel about it’. We’re also excited to be working for the first time with Estonian singer-songwriter Mick Pedaja, who will open each concert for us. Mick cites nature as one of his biggest inspirations, and for the Baltic Sea Philharmonic the ‘Nordic Pulse’ tour will reaffirm our commitment to nature and the environment. Our partnership with the John Nurminen Foundation in Finland will see one Euro of every ticket sold for our Helsinki concert go towards the Foundation’s projects to protect the waters of the Baltic Sea. We will also be giving a special extra concert in St. Petersburg on 21 March for delegates to the 20th annual Baltic Sea Days, an international forum that focuses on ways to protect the Baltic Sea marine environment.

Alongside the Gelgotas and Vasks concertos, the ‘Nordic Pulse’ programme will feature Kristjan’s piece Aurora, inspired by the magical lights of the aurora borealis, and a memorised performance of Kristjan’s arrangement of the concert suite from Tchaikovsky’s great fairytale ballet The Sleeping Beauty.

Nordic Pulse

Soloists of the tour

The pure, open music of Estonian singer Mick Pedaja speaks of an artist with a deep connection to the environment. He will join our ‘Nordic Pulse’ tour 2019 together with David Nebel.

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