Mary Ellyn Hutton
July 4, 2011
The first International Järvi Summer Festival, to be held in Pärnu, Estonia July 28-August 4, has Järvi written all over it.
There will be a lot of Järvi’s on the roster, nine to be exact, including Neeme, Paavo, Maarika, Teet, Marius, Miina, Madis, Mihkel and Martin, all members of the prodigious Järvi clan of Estonia. Artistic director is Paavo Järvi.
The Järvi’s, the Järvi Festival Orchestra, Estonian National Youth Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Pärnu City Orchestra, conductors from the 2011 Järvi Summer Academy and a bevy of guest artists, will participate in nine concerts of symphonic and chamber music in this summer resort on the Baltic Sea. Followup events will take place in Otepää and on nearby Leigo Lakes in South Estonia as part of the annual Leigo Lakes Music Days.
The Järvi Festival is an outgrowth of the Järvi Summer Academy, an annual master course in conducting, begun by Neeme Järvi in Pärnu in 2000. The Festival and the 2011 Summer Academy, with master classes taught this year by Neeme Järvi, Paavo Järvi and Leonid Grin, will run concurrently. There will be master classes in strings and winds led by Festival guest artists and participants, also.
Paavo Järvi opens the Järvi Festival July 28 in Pärnu Concert Hall with the Järvi Festival Orchestra and violinist Anna-Liisa Bezrodny in the Sibelius Violin Concerto.
Summer Academy participants will conduct the Pärnu City Orchestra in Tori Church July 29 and Elisabeth Church July 31 in works by Haydn, Mendelssohn and Respighi. They will join Paavo Järvi in the final concert of the Summer Academy August 2 in Pärnu Concert Hall with violinists Ivry Gitlis, Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, Mari-Liis Uibo, Triin Ruubel, Tatiana Berman and the Estonian National Youth Chamber Orchestra performing music by Bach Erkki-Sven Tüür and Vivaldi.
Neeme Järvi and selected conductors from the Academy will close the Järvi Festival August 4 in Pärnu Concert Hall with flutist Maarika Järvi, cellist Teet Järvi, violist Mikhail Zemtsov, bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann and the Estonian National Youth Symphony Orchestra in works by Bloch, Tchaikovsky, Mozart and Beethoven.
There will be an all-Järvi chamber music concert July 29 in Pärnu Town Hall and July 31 in Ammende Villa, chamber music concerts August 1 in Pärnu Central Library, August 3 in Elisabeth Church and a Chamber Music Gala July 30 in Pärnu Concert Hall. The latter will feature, among others, clarinetist Fabio di Casola, oboist Kalev Kuljus, flutist Oksana Sinkova, violinist Florian Donderer, violist Gareth Lubbe, cellist Silver Ainomäe, pianist Sophia Rahman and harpsichordist Reinut Tepp, 21 musicians in all. The wide-ranging program includes Heinrich Biber’s “Battalia” for three violins, four violas, two double basses and keyboard, plus music by Tüür, Arvo Pärt, Erwin Schulhoff, Saint-Saens and Mahler.
As an encore to the Järvi Festival, there will be a chamber music concert August 5 in Maarja Church in Otepää and a pair of concerts at nearby Leigo Lakes August 6. The evening concert August 6 will close Leigo Lakes Music Days, an annual festival held in the outdoor venue in South Estonia. Neeme Järvi will conduct the Estonian National Youth Symphony Orchestra in waltzes, polkas and marches by the Strauss family and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7, to be accompanied by Leigo’s traditional bonfires and color and light show.
The 2011 Järvi Summer Festival
July 28. Pärnu Concert Hall. Järvi Festival Orchestra. Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, violin. Paavo Järvi, conductor. Program: Tõnu Kõrvits, Passacaglia. Jean Sibelius, Violin Concerto. Robert Schumann, Symphony No. 1.
July 29. Tori Church. Pärnu City Orchestra. Conductors of the 2011 Järvi Summer Academy. Program: Joseph Haydn, Symphony No. 85. Respighi, "The Birds." Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 4.
July 29. Pärnu Town Hall. "Järvi Classics." Miina and Martin Järvi, violin. Madis Järvi, viola. Marius and Teet Järvi, cello. Maarika Järvi, flute. Mari and Mihkel Järvi, piano. Program: Robert Schumann, Piano Quintet. Zoltan Kodaly, Duo for Violin and Cello. Carl Maria von Weber, Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano.
July 30. Pärnu Concert Hall. Chamber Music Gala. Fabio di Casola, clarinet. Kalev Kuljus, oboe. Oksana Sinkova, flute. Florian Donderer, Mircea Mocanita, Juta Õunapuu, Mari-Liis Päkk, Triin Ruubel, Kaija Lukas, Andres Kaljuste, Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, Mari Targo, violin. Gareth Lube, Anne Ilves, Helen Kedik, viola. Silver Ainomäe, Henry-David Varema, Villu Vihermäe, cello. Sophia Rahman, Irina Zahharenkova, piano. Reinut Tepp, harpsichord. Program: Heinrich Biber, “Battalia.” Arvo Pärt, Summa. Erkki-Sven Tüür, “Symbiosis.“ Erwin Schulhoff, String Sextet. Camille Saint-Saens, Piano Trio No. 1. Johan Halvorsen, Passacaglia for Violin and Viola. Maurice Ravel, Piano Trio. Gustav Mahler, Piano Quartet. Bernhard Henrik Crussell, Divertimento for Oboe and Strings. Carl Maria von Weber, Clarinet Quintet.
July 31. Elisabeth Church. Pärnu City Orchestra. Conductors of the 2011 Järvi Summer Academy. Program: Joseph Haydn, Symphony No. 85. Respighi, "The Birds." Felix Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 4.
July 31. Ammende Villa. "Night Music with the Järvi's." Miina and Martin Järvi, Tatiana Berman, violin. Madis Järvi, viola. Marius and Teet Järvi, cello. Maarika Järvi, flute. Mari and Mihkel Järvi, piano. Elisabeth Paavel, soprano. Program: Amy Beach, Theme and Variations for Flute and String Quartet. Einar Englund, Introduzione e toccata. Balance of program to be announced.
August 1. Pärnu Central Library. "French Impressions." Mari-Liis Päkk, Marge Uus, Andres Kaljuste, violin. Teet Järvi, Henry-David Varema, Silver Ainomäe, cello. Oksana Sinkova, flute. Sophia Rahman, piano. Program: Claude Debussy, Sonata for Cello and Piano. Eduard Oja, Piano Quintet. Balance of program tba.
August 2. Pärnu Concert Hall. Final concert of Järvi Summer Academy. "Ivry Gitlis and Friends." Ivry Gitlis, Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, Mari-Liis Uibo, Triin Ruubel, Tatiana Berman, violin. Estonian National Youth Chamber Orchestra. Paavo Järvi and conductors of 2011 Järvi Summer Academy. Program: Johann Sebastian Bach, Concerto for Two Violins. Erkki-Sven Tüür, “Action, Passion, Illusion.” Vivaldi, Concerto for Four Violins. Balance of program tba.
August 3. Elisabeth Church, Pärnu. "Night Classics in Church." Arvo Leibur, Elar Kuiv, violin. Mikhail Zemtsov, Anne Ilves, viola. Teet and Marius Järvi, cello. Oskari Hannula, double bass. Toomas Vavilov, clarinet. Martin Kuuskmann, bassoon. Program: Antonin Dvorak, String Sextet. Franz Schubert, Octet.
August 4. Pärnu Concert Hall. Final concert of Järvi Summer Festival. Maarika Järvi, flute. Mikhail Zemtsov, viola. Teet Järvi, cello. Martin Kuuskmann, bassoon. Estonian National Youth Symphony Orchestra. Neeme Järvi and selected conductors of 2011 Järvi Summer Academy. Program: Ernst Bloch, Concertino for Flute and Viola. Peter Tchaikovsky, Variations on a Rococo Theme. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Bassoon Concerto. Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 7.
August 5. Maarja Church, Otepää. Chamber music. Arvo Leibur, Elar Kuiv, Ulrike Danhofer, violin. Mikhail Zemtsov, Anne Ilves, viola. Marius and Teet Järvi, cello. Program tba.
August 6. Leigo Lakes.
Small lake podium. Ivry Gitlis, violin. Maarika Jarvi, flute. Martin Kuuskmann, bassoon. Program tba.
Large lake podium. Estonian National Youth Symphony Orchestra. Neeme Järvi, conductor. Program: “Strauss in St. Petersburg” (waltzes, polkas, marches). Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 7.
For further information, see www.jarvifestival.ee