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Belgium: Estonian Festival Orchestra in Brussels

The European tour of the Estonian Festival Orchestra is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia.

Arvo Pärt: Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
Erkki-Sven Tüür: Symphony No. 9 "Mythos"
Arvo Pärt: Fratres (version for orchestra and percussion)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6

Paavo Järvi, conductor

The Estonian Festival Orchestra was founded by Paavo Järvi in 2011 and made its debut at the newly inaugurated Pärnu Music Festival as the resident summer orchestra.

The long dreamed of ambition by Järvi to create a hand-picked orchestra, bringing together the best of Estonian talents and leading musicians from around the world, has resulted in performances which The Arts Desk reviewed in 2015 as "begging comparison with the elasticity of Abbado’s concerts with the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, which is as good as it can get". The BBC Music Magazine added, "There isn’t a hint of a hothouse environment on stage – these are simply musicians having the time of their lives, no small thanks to the inspiring Paavo Järvi himself."

In January 2018 the orchestra will then spread its wings further afield with concerts already planned in the major European capitals, including Brussels, Berlin, Vienna, Zurich and Luxembourg. This tour, which also celebrates the 100th anniversary of Estonian Independence, will include a new orchestral work by Estonian composer, Erkki-Sven Tüür, which will receive its international premiere in Brussels on January 18.

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