The Music of Arvo Pärt

October 1, 2013

Koerner Hall at the TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning

"Silence is the pause in me when I am near to God"

-Arvo Pärt

A celebration of one of the towering figures of contemporary music—plus the premieres of two new Canadian works.

Arvo Pärt’s compositions are renowned world-wide for their ethereal beauty and profound spirituality. Two recent choral and orchestral masterpieces, both based on sacred texts, were at the centre of this concert: in Adam’s Lament, the first man’s grief at his expulsion from Paradise expands into a gorgeous meditation upon the sorrows of all humankind, while L’abbé Agathon recounts the legend of a fourth-century hermit tested by an angel in disguise.

Pärt’s fellow Estonian and long-time collaborator Tõnu Kaljuste conducted Choir 21 and string orchestra in a program featuring soprano Shannon Mercer, baritone Geoffrey Sirett, and world premieres of Open Road James Rolfe and Ave Maria by Riho Maimets.

Arvo Pärt: L'abbé Agathon (Canadian premiere)
James Rolfe: Open Road (world premiere)
Riho Esko Maimets: Ave Maria (world premiere)
Arvo Pärt: Adam's Lament (Canadian premiere)

This concert will be streamed live.

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