Arvo Pärt gets first US festival

Claimed to be the most performed living composer in concert halls last year – a somewhat limited qualification – the Estonian composer can now add another first to his name.

A weekend fest in Portland, Oregon next month will be his first in North America.

Details here.

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  • He was featured composer-in-residence at the 1986 Cabrillo Music Festival, Dennis Russell Davies, Music Director.

  • The article is not quite correct in being the first festival to feature his music in North America.
    We featured his music over a week in January 1996 at the Winnipeg New Music Festival. Mr. Part attended and Bramwell Tovey conducted; variety of soloists, choir. We very much enjoyed meeting the composer.

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