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Arvo Pärt
b. 1935
Tabula Rasa
Australian Chamber Orchestra
2021 Season

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Arvo Pä

Arvo Pä

b. 11th September 1935  

Arvo Pä

Arvo Pä


Some forthcoming Australian concerts and performances featuring music of Arvo Pä:

Australian Chamber Orchestra - Tabula Rasa

Cellists and violinist from ACO

After a season disupted by the virus in 2020, the Australian Chamber Orchestra has crafted a program to open their 2021  season that encourages both reflection on the past and looking to the future with joy and creativity

“This tiny coronvirus has showed us in a painful way that humanity is a single organism…No-one knows how we will come out of this but we all know that nothing will remain the same.” - Arvo Pärt

Estonian Arvo Pärt is one of the most performed and influential living composers. Written while Estonia was under Soviet-control, his Tabula Rasa - Latin for a clean slate - seeks spirituality and independence.

As with Tabula Rasa, Wojciech Kilar’s Orawa, written during Poland’s long confinement behind the Iron Curtain, expresses the beauty of freedom and the natural world, while Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony in C minor is a lament for victims of fascism and war, but also an act of self-reflection. Moving through elegy and brutal force into acceptance and farewell, it reminds us once more that creativity, art and music do prevail.

  • Kilar Orawa
  • Arvo Pärt Tabula Rasa
  • Prokofiev - Sonata for Solo Violin in D major, Op.115
  • Thomas Adés Shanty (World Premiere)
  • Shostakovich (arr.Barshai) - Chamber Symphony in C minor, Op.110a

Australian Chamber Orchestra with Richard Tognetti AO (Director & violin) and Satu Vänskä (Principal Violin).

Sydney - City Recital Hall; 7pm 10th, 1.30pm 12th, 7pm 13th, 2pm 14th, 8pm 9th February 2021
Wollongong - Wollongong Town Hall; 7.30pm 8th February 2021

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Selected sheet music of Arvo Pä: