‘Midnight Sun’, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic’s first major European tour of 2020, was due to take place from 21 June to 1 July, with concerts in Szczecin (Poland) and Berlin, at the Kissinger Sommer Festival in Germany, and in St. Petersburg and Chelyabinsk in Russia. Regrettably we can no longer go ahead because of the COVID-19 situation, but we’re able to announce new dates for ‘Midnight Sun’ performances in March 2021. Kristjan Järvi is set to conduct the orchestra in three performances in Poland and Germany – in Szczecin on 12 March, at the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg on 14 March, and in Berlin on 15 March. More performances in this period may still be possible, but are not yet confirmed. Anyone who has already purchased tickets for the 23 June 2020 ‘Midnight Sun’ performance at the Berlin Philharmonie will be able to use them for the new Berlin date, or can return them for refunds. Tickets for the concert at the Elbphilharmonie will be on sale in autumn this year.
‘Midnight Sun’ is a spectacular reinvention of the concert experience, inspired by the Nordic summertime phenomenon of the never-setting sun. The programme features an eclectic selection of works by composers including Rautavaara, Pärt, Kristjan Järvi, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky. With no music stands on stage, and the musicians able to stand and move and interact with each other, the orchestra uses memorisation, choreography, lighting and sound design to achieve a wholly transformative freedom and energy in performance. When ‘Midnight Sun’ debuted in Berlin in June 2019, the Baltic Sea Philharmonic was acclaimed by audiences and critics for the originality of its presentation, with the musicians praised for the commitment and joy of their playing. We can’t wait for the opportunity to perform this exciting programme on stage again.