Baltic Voyage - A musical expedition around the Baltic Sea

22 Sep 2014


Kristjan Järvi and the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic at the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella on 23 September 2014, 7.00 pm
In 2014 the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic weigh anchor for the seventh time to carry the sound of the Baltic Sea into Europe's concert halls. The musical journey launched successfully at Berlin Philharmonie earlier this year. A special highlight of the tour in 2014 is the concert at the St. Petersburg State Academic Capella on 23 September, 7.00 pm. Some 100 musicians under the baton of Kristjan Järvi continue their musical journey around the Baltic Sea – the "Baltic Voyage". Twelve works of music by twelve composers from the entire Baltic Sea region form this unusual concert programme which takes the audience to discover the unique sound of the Baltic Sea. Russian composers such as Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich belong to the programme as well as Sibelius from Finland or Grieg from Norway. Contemporary composers such as Gediminas Gelgotas from Lithuania will also be heard.
All Baltic Sea countries united in one orchestra
The Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic is a multinational ensemble that brings together the most talented music students aged 18 to 30 years from all countries around the Baltic Sea. Kristjan Järvi, scion of the famous conductor dynasty and internationally renowned orchestra conductor is Founding Conductor and Music Director since the orchestra’s foundation in 2008. The orchestra is a joint initiative by the Usedom Music Festival and Nord Stream AG. In young Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic orchestra is not unknown in St. Petersburg in 2010 the ensemble played at Marinsky Theatre and performed its first open-air concert at Mikhailovsky Garden.
The sound of the Baltic Sea in Europe's concert halls
The St. Petersburg concert is one stop on a two-week journey of the Baltic Sea region and beyond. The tour starts on the German island of Usedom with an intensive rehearsal period in which the orchestra studies the repertoire under guidance of Kristjan Järvi and international tutors. After opening the Usedom Music Festival the orchestra travels via St. Petersburg back to Germany for Beethovenfest Bonn (26 September) and to Milan in Italy (28 September). The final destination is reached in Verona (29 September).
Concert of the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic – Baltic Voyage
Kristjan Järvi, Founding Conductor


Tuesday, 23 September 2014, 7:00 pm
State Academic Capella, St. Petersburg
Programme - “Baltic Voyage”
Modest Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain (Russia)
Jean Sibelius: Karelia Suite, 2nd and 3rd Movements (Finland)
Wilhelm Stenhammar: Mellanspel from Sången Op. 44 (Sweden)
Edvard Grieg: At the Wedding from Peer Gynt Op. 23 (Norway)
Carl Nielsen: Imaginary Journey to the Faroes (excerpt) (Denmark)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Overture “The Creatures of Prometheus”, Op. 43 (Germany)
Wojciech Kilar: Orawa (Poland)
Gediminas Gelgotas: Never Ignore the Cosmic Ocean (Lithuania)
Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten (Estonia)
Imants Kalniņš: Symphony No. 4, “Rock Symphony”, 1st Movement (Latvia)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Festive Overture Op. 96 (Russia)
About the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic
The Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic is a joint initiative of the Usedom Music Festival and Nord Stream AG. Since 2013, the orchestra is funded by the Baltic Sea Music Education Foundation.
Usedom Music Festival
The sound of the Baltic Sea has been heard since 1994 on the island of Usedom. Every year in the late summer, the Usedom Music Festival devotes itself to the cultural region around the Baltic Sea. Thus, it has presented the musical life of Russia, Poland, the Baltic States, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark, as well as former Prussia. Soloists such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Gidon Kremer, Olli Mustonen, Nina Stemme, Bo Skovhus as well as Jan Garbarek and the Esbjörn Svensson Trio enthralled their audiences. The Peenemünde Concerts, frequently featuring the NDR Symphony Orchestra, are among the highlights of the more than 40 events presented by the Festival each year. From September 20 to October 11, 2014, the musical and cultural life of Poland will be the focus of the Festival.
Nord Stream AG
Nord Stream AG is aware of its environmental, economic and social responsibility. The corporation stands for sustainable development in the energy sector and supporting culture in the entire Baltic Sea region. Nord Stream AG is co-initiator and main sponsor of the Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic. The company is an international joint venture established for the planning, construction and subsequent operation of a natural gas pipeline to link Russia and the European Union via the Baltic Sea.
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