The world première of an orchestral piece by Arvo Pärt will take place at the festival “Mozart & Pärt”, held on 19-29 May in Los Angeles, California.
The festival will focus on Pärt’s music and culminate with the world première of a new piece by the maestro, performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The orchestra is conducted by its principal conductor, Gustavo Dudamel.
The festival will start on 19 May, with a performance of Pärt’s Miserere and Mozart’s Requiem. Alongside the Latvian Radio Choir and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir will also participate in the concert, conducted by Dudamel at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The soloists are the soprano, Lucy Crowe, the mezzo-soprano, Roxana Constantinescu, the tenor, Paul Appleby, and the bass-baritone, Luca Pisaroni.
On 26-27 May, there will be a concert titled “The Angels”, where the Los Angeles Philharmonic will perform Pärt’s Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten and Symphony No 4 “Los Angeles”. Symphony No 4 was originally co-commissioned by the LA Philharmonic and its former music director Esa-Pekka Salonen in 2008, which can be considered as the beginning of the collaboration between the composer and the orchestra.
The festival will culminate on 28 May, with the world première of Pärt’s piece Greater Antiphons for string orchestra, which was yet again commissioned by the LA Philharmonic.
Arvo Pärt’s Greater Antiphons will premiere in Europe at the Malta International Arts Festival, which will take place from 8-18 July.