Opening the Pärnu City Orchestra season with Mendelssohn "Scottish"

After returning from Siberia, my next concert was the season opening of Pärnu City Orchestra. I had as my soloist a brilliant young soprano Pelageya Kurennaya, who sang Mozart's concert aria "Bella mia fiamma" and Gliere's concerto for coloratura soprano. The second half of the concert was Mendelssohn's "Scottish" symphony - a work which brings back many memories, since I learned it from Kurt Masur who passed away two years ago.


Two weeks later I returned to Pärnu for something very different - a concert aimed at youth where the main attraction was the Estonian rapper Kapa! He is clearly very popular in Estonia, because we had a full hall. The orchestra was in string formation, and we were augmented with a band and backing tracks also. In between the rap songs (are they songs?) we performed John Adams' classic Shaker Loops, a work I have been waiting for long time to perform.