BASSOON CONCERT

19 January 2018 at 19:00 at Pärnu Concert Hall
20 January 2018 at 19:00 at Vanemuise Concert Hall

Conductor Risto Joost

Programme:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Symphony No. 7 in D major, K. 45
Christopher Theofanidis - Bassoon Concerto
Tõnu Kõrvits - Rain's Songs to the Rainbow
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92

Estonian-born bassoon virtuoso Martin Kuuskmann is a Grammy-nominated musician who has travelled the world with 11 bassoon concertos that have been written for him by many prominent composers of our time. Thanks to excellent cooperation with Risto Joost, the people in Pärnu and Tartu can hear two of those concerts: works by Christopher Theofanidis and Tõnu Kõrvits. It’s a very special musical event for the listeners and the orchestra.

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Saxophone Concerto

9 February 2018 at 19:00 at Pärnu Concert Hall

Conductor Sasha Mäkilä
Soloist Ivo Lille (saxophone)

Programme:
Alexander Glazumov - Saxophone Concerto in E flat major, Op. 109
Arthur Honegger - Pastorale d'Été („Summer Pastoral“)
Jacques Ibert - Concertino da camera
George Bizet - Symphony in C

Soloists have been rarely asked to perform several works for solo instrument at a single concert. Only a few are up to the challenge. One of them is saxophonist Ivo Lille from Pärnu. He has run festival SAX.FEST for many years and this year is his second time in front of Pärnu City Orchestra. In April he performed Eino Tamberg’s Concerto Grosso with other soloists at concert MEIE.

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VIOLIN CONCERT MAGIC 3

3 March 2018 at 19:00 at Pärnu Concert Hall

Conductor Mikk Murdvee
Soloist Robert Traksman (violin)

Programme:
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Three German Dances, KV 605
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major, K. 216
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No. 3 in E-flat major, Op. 55, (Eroica)

A concert date on the third day of the third month of the year intrigues us to study things that relate to this magic number. Conductor Mikk Murdvee’s has reached the third symphony in his quest to play all of Beethoven’s symphonies one by one. Robert Traksman, who currently studies music in Berlin, is going to bring us Mozart’s third concerto; magic number three is also present in the first piece of the programme. Let it be said, that in 2010, Robert won the first prize at Pärnu Violin Competition (and not the third).

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AUDIENCE CHOICE CONCERT

18 March 2018 at 17:00 at Pärnu Concert Hall

Conductor Maano Männi

It must be the first time in the history of Pärnu City Orchestra that the audience can select the repertoire. The idea is from Maano Männi, who is a violin soloist, a chamber musician and a concertmaster of Vaasa City Orchestra. He has conducted similar concert in Vaasa with great success. To hear your desired music (be it from the classics, pop, jazz or something else), you should just fill a small form at the Pärnu Concert Hall’s ticket office.

Suggestions for the programme can be made from 21 December 2017. You can ask for ANYTHING.

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PIANO CONCERT

25 March 2018 at 17:00 at Pärnu Concert Hall

Conductor Kaisa Roose
Soloist Johan Randvere (piano)

Programme:
Pärt Uusberg - The Estonian Sky Is Glowing
Jaan Rääts - Piano Concert, Op. 41
Eduard Tubin - Symphony No. 7

A proper concert with Estonian music is the perfect gift to our beloved Estonia. The concert presents works from different generations of composers, performed by musicians of different generations. The soloist is Johan Randvere, a young and valued pianist, who has already won several awards for his performances.

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SEASON FINALE CONCERT

29 April 2018 at 17:00 at Pärnu Concert Hall

Conductor Jüri Alperten
Soloists Katariina Maria Kits (violin), Marcel Johannes Kits (cello)

Programme:
Charles Gounod - Symphony No.1 in D major
Johannes Brahms - Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn
Johannes Brahms - Double Concerto in A minor, Op. 102

The soloists of this concert are a brother and a sister, twin musicians who both have received the highest award from TV competition Klassikatähed. The next season will be the 25th anniversary season for the orchestra, so this concert can be seen as a distinguished introduction to it.

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