The Berliner Philharmoniker have celebrated the anniversary of their founding on 1 May with the Europakonzert at a location of special historical significance since 1991. This year’s concert celebrating the orchestra’s 140th anniversary was originally scheduled to take place at the Odesa National Academic Opera. Due to the attack on Ukraine, another venue has had to be found. The Berliner Philharmoniker and chief conductor Kirill Petrenko are very grateful to the team of the Great Amber Concert Hall in Liepāja, Latvia, that this year’s Europakonzert can be held there at such short notice. It is a show of solidarity with Odesa and Ukraine and for peaceful coexistence in Europe. Together with the Latvian mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča, a new programme has been created that focuses on composers whose musical message is about freedom and self-determination.
The concert can be followed live in the Digital Concert Hall. The Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb) will broadcast the concert live on TV (Das Erste) and on radio (rbbKultur) on 1 May 2022 at 11am. The concert is a co-production of EuroArts with rbb, NHK, CCTV and Latvian television LTV.
Pēteris Vasks Musica dolorosa for string orchestra
Luciano Berio Folk Songs for mezzo-soprano and orchestra
Valentyn Silvestrov Elegy for string orchestra
Leoš Janáček Taras Bulba, rhapsody for orchestra
Jean Sibelius Finlandia, tone poem for orchestra, op. 26