Portland to hold festival dedicated to Arvo Pärt

The US northwestern city of Portland, Oregon, is to hold a music festival dedicated to the works of the most famous Estonian composer and the most performed living composer in the world, Arvo Pärt.

The festival will take place 5-12 February and is presented by the Cappella Romana chamber choir.

According to the organisers, the festival features eight live performances of Pärt’s music with chamber music, the complete organ works, a cappella choral works, a late-night performance of the Passio by candlelight, the Missa Syllabica sung in a Latin mass, and a festival finale featuring Pärt’s Te Deum for three choirs, strings, and prepared piano, Da Pacem Domine, and the US premiere of Alleluia-Tropus celebrating St Nicholas.

The live events of the festival will be preceded by a screening of the new film “Arvo Pärt: Even if I lose everything” at Whitsell Auditorium, NW Film Center.

The Arvo Pärt Festival also features two free public lectures, including “The Words Write My Music,” by Peter Bouteneff, a professor of theology at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York and author of the new book Arvo Pärt: Out of Silence.

On 10 January, the classical music event database, Bachtrack, announced that for the sixth year in a row, Pärt had been given the title of the “world’s most performed living composer”.


Cover: Arvo Pärt awarded with the prestigious Praemium Imperiale by Prince Hitachi in Tokyo on 15 October 2014.

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