World-renowned Dutch trombonist Jörgen van Rijen to perform at Arvo Pärt Center on September 24
Text Mark Taylor Photo Andrei Chertkov
On September 24, The 5th concert season of the Arvo Pärt Centre will be opened with a concert by renowned Dutch trombonist Jörgen van Rijen together with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and conductor Tõnu Kaljuste. Trombone arrangements of several works by Arvo Pärt, which require exceptional craftsmanship, will be presented to the audience.
The 5th concert season of the Arvo Pärt Centre will be opened on September 24 at 5 pm with a concert by renowned Dutch trombonist Jörgen van Rijen. The solo trombonist of the prestigious Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra will perform together with the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra and conductor Tõnu Kaljuste.
Van Rijen is dedicated to the goal of bringing more attention to his instrument. He is considered a true ambassador of his instrument. At the concert, he will present to the audience the seemingly impossible trombone arrangements of several works by Arvo Pärt in a program in which Pärt’s music is intertwined with the works of J.S. Bach.
Jörgen van Rijen’s first encounter with Arvo Pärt’s music dates back decades, when he happened to hear the piece “Cantus in memory of Benjamin Britten”. According to the musician, the beauty, purity and mystical and spiritual atmosphere of the piece struck him immediately.
“I am extremely happy that I have had the honourable opportunity to work with Arvo Pärt on trombone versions of some of his works. It is a special feeling to come to Laulasmaa again to perform these works for the first time in Estonia. I am really looking forward to it,” said van Rijen.
Although tickets are no longer available for the concert, it can be watched online at stream.arvopart.ee. Tickets for the stream cost 5 euros. The concert will begin at 5 pm on September 24.