Many years ago, before Dudamel, and before Finnish conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen was hired to lead the LA Philharmonic, acclaimed Estonian conductor Neeme Järvi was rumored to be one of the top candidates for the position. Once a frequent visitor to Southern California, Järvi hadn’t led the Los Angeles Philharmonic since a 1990 appearance at the Hollywood Bowl before his performance in 2012 at the Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA.
Now back in SoCal, he will lead The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra in two concerts, October 30 at the Granada Theater in Santa Barbara and on November 1 at the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge.
The head of a musical dynasty, Neeme Järvi is one of today’s most respected maestros. He conducts many of the world’s most prominent orchestras and works alongside soloists of the highest caliber. A prolific recording artist, he has amassed a discography of over 450 recordings.
The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra has attracted much attention in recent years, recognized with awards including a Grammy® Award for the recordings of Sibelius’ cantatas. In 2005 The New York Times named ENSO’s CD Peer Gynt (Virgin Classics) as a surprise highlight of the year, and in March 2006 it also won BBC Music Magazine’s award for best orchestral album.
Santa Barbara — Wednesday, October 30, 2013, 8 pm
The Granada Theatre (Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts)
1214 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Arvo Pärt: Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten (1977)
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 82
Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 73
Prices: $38, $53, $73, $93, $103 (includes a $3 per ticket facility fee)
Northridge — Friday, November 1 at 8 pm
The Great Hall, Valley Performing Arts Center on the Cal. State University
18111 Nordhoff St Northridge, CA 91330
Pärt: Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten
Dvořák: Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64
Prices: $65, $55, $40
*A 20% discount on tickets is available if you call the Box Office directly (818.677.3000) or walk up to the window and let them know the PROMO Code “Estonia.” Following the performance there will be a reception offering an opportunity to meet and greet the orchestra members. All members of the Estonian Southern California community and their guests will gather in the Main Lobby following the performance and be ushered to the Lodge level for the reception. Light refreshments will be served.
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