Leading European Composers

Arvo Pärt

May 29, 2014, 6:30 pm

Music Room

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The Arvo Pärt Project appears at The Phillips Collection in a program of chamber music performed by musicians from the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra. A panel discussion on spirituality and music also takes place in partnership with the George Washington University.

Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) 

Für Alina                                              
Spiegel im Spiegel                             
Für Anna Maria                                             
Variations for the healing of Arinushka         
Mozart-Adagio                            
Estländler                                                  
Vater unser                                           
Es sang vor langen jahren         
Scala cromatica                       
Fratres                              
My heart's in Highlands*

*World Premiere: version for alto, piano, violin, viola, cello.

Harry Traksmann, violin
Laur Eensalu, viola
Leho Karin, violoncello
Marrit Gerretz-Traksmann, piano
Iris Oja, alto

In collaboration with the George Washington University, the Embassy of Estonia in Washington, D.C., and St. Vladimir‘s Seminary.

Composer Arvo Pärt is an iconic figure in the world of classical music. Born in Estonia in 1935, he made his mark among Eastern European composers by creating a body of important work in the 1960s, a period which culminated in his political censure and personal despair. It was after a seven-year period of musical silence that Pärt emerged into an entirely new mode of musical composition he calls Tintinnabuli: new, yet rooted in history, drawing on medieval tonalities and primal musical elements. Since the 1970s, he has built upon this new phase in his artistic life, and his immersion in the Orthodox Christian Faith has provided a profound source of inspiration in his music. 

In 2014, Pärt makes a rare visit to the United States to participate in the Arvo Pärt Project, which seeks to illuminate, through performances and lectures, the fundamental elements and central thinking of this great living composer.

For more information about the Arvo Pärt Project click here