On 10 May the Oberlin Sinfonietta (cond. Timothy Weiss) presents the US première of David Sawer’s Rebus for 15 players in Oberlin.
On 28 April a new production of The Threepenny Opera opens at the Staatsoperette Dresden. Christian Garbosnik conducts Sebastian Ritschel’s production, which is scheduled to run until 13 July.
“Kaljuste and his orchestra are just as convincing when placidly unwrapping those bundles of archaic-sounding melody, as he is confronting the angularities and contrapuntal clashes of the earlier works.” - “Arvo Pärt: The Symphonies” receives 4 out of 5 stars from The Guardian’s Andrew Clements. Read the full review:
Luke Bedford’s Faraway Canons for bass drum and piano will receive its world première on 21 April at the Occupy the Pianos Festival in London. The work will be performed by the piano and percussion duo George Barton and Siwan Rhys.
The reduced version of Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 will receive its Dutch première on 19 April at the TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht. Ulrich Pöhl conducts the Insomnio Ensemble.
Music theatre by Arvo Pärt and Robert Wilson at the Konzerthaus Berlin.
Arvo Pärt’s composition And I heard a voice … will receive its world première on 18 February.
Bachtrack released the charts about 2017 performance statistics.
On 18 November, Pope Francis presented Arvo Pärt with the Ratzinger Prize in the Vatican. This marks the first time that a composer received the Ratzinger Prize.
It’s been forty years to the day since the monumental world première of Arvo Pärt’s Tabula rasa by violinists Tatjana Grindenko and Gidon Kremer, Alfred Schnittke on the piano and the Estonian Chamber Orchestra under Eri Klas.
On 26 August, Zoltán Rácz and the Concerto Budapest present the Hungarian première of Greater Antiphons at the Arcus Temporum festival in Pannonhalma.
Arvo Pärt’s Berliner Messe, Magnificat and Da Pacem Domine will be performed on 28 July together with works by Johann Sebastian Bach at this year’s Reykholt Festival.
Arvo Pärt is featured composer of this year’s London International A Cappella Choral Competition (LIACCC), which runs from 25 June until 1 July. This year 16 choirs from 11 countries will be competing.
The Staatskapelle Dresden has released its 2017/2018 programme: Arvo Pärt will be the new Composer-in-Residence of the Sächsische Staatskapelle. His oeuvre will be featured in several concerts as well as in a special Portrait Concert. 19 works by the Composer-in-Residence will be performed throughout the whole season.
Benedict Collins Rice and The Facade Ensemble will perform Arvo Pärt’s Passio today at St Michael at the North Gate in Oxford. Further performances take place on 6, 7 and 12 April in Paddington, Peterbourough and Ely respectively.
Arvo Pärt with Gidon Kremer, Tatjana Grindenko and the Kremerata Baltica rehearsing Tabula rasa at the Fondation Louis Vuitton – a work that Kremer and Grindenko premièred 40 years ago (on 30 September 1977) and later recorded on ECM’s homonymous seminal album.
On 20 February Arvo Pärt was awarded the Cultural Merit Order of Romania (Meritul Cultural).
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