The 10th Pärnu Music Festival started on Thursday and the jubilee festival brings together renowned artists, unforgettable works of chamber music and classics of real orchestral music alongside new creations.
The artistic director of the festival, Paavo Järvi, said this year's festival is extraordinary because most festivals and many orchestras' seasons have been canceled.
There is still a requirement for social distancing at festivals, which doesn't apply for the small ensemble of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra performing at the opening concert. At the same time, the festival orchestra, which has 70 members, needs to perform in reduced composition.
Paavo Järvi, the artistic director of the festival, said: "Pärnu is historically a very musical city. Our festival is turning 10. Before that, there was a very good festival Oistrahh and before that Beethoven festival. From all around the Soviet Union, the city was known when it was impossible to travel anywhere. They just came here to enjoy summer music and culture. Great people like Shostakovich, Oistrahhs, Kremers, Rostopovichs were all here, making music and enjoying Pärnu."
The Pärnu Music Festival ends on July 23.
Editor: Roberta Vaino