From the Baltic to the Amazon

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‘Waterworks’ tour to the United Arab Emirates (11 – 14 November) – Let the music of ‘Waterworks’ take you on an inspirational journey!

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.

These musicians are not our only collaborators for ‘Waterworks’, however. Sound designer Chris Ekers, lighting designer Bertil Mark, projection artist Philipp Geist and a brilliant technical team from Sunbeam Productions have joined us to create a truly immersive concert experience, fusing music, sound, light and images to magical effect. We toured this groundbreaking show for the first time in 2017, performing it to wide acclaim in six cities in Denmark and Germany, and now we are thrilled to be bringing it to Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

The music of ‘Waterworks’ is inspired by water and its power to bind us together, as Kristjan Järvi, Founding Conductor and Music Director of the Baltic Sea Philharmonic, 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.’

‘The American Four Seasons’, for which we are delighted to welcome back the dynamic Russian-born violinist Mikhail Simonyan. We also welcome members of the New York-based Absolute Ensemble, who will be embedded in the Baltic Sea Philharmonic on this tour. And for our opening concert

in Abu Dhabi we celebrate a new strategic partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development of the United Arab Emirates with a special collaboration with Emirati singer Jasim Mohamed Abdullah. He will join the orchestra and Mikhail Simonyan to perform the traditional song ‘Sayyidi ya sayyed sadati’.

This ‘Waterworks’ tour of the United Arab Emirates is a special one for the Baltic Sea Philharmonic. It is our first ever tour outside Europe, and is also the climax of our tenth- anniversary year. Over the years we have been honoured to play in some spectacular venues, from the Théàtre des Champs- Elysées in Paris to the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg; on this tour we are excited to perform in the sumptuous auditorium of Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace and the state- of-the-art concert hall of Dubai Opera.

From the Baltic to the Amazon, and now to the Persian Gulf, our journey through the waters of the world shows we are all connected. We hope you enjoy riding the waves with us!


To read more about ‘Waterworks’, click here.

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