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World Premiere of Lera Auerbach’s Arctica

From 2019, Lera Auerbach’s “Arctica” for orchestra, choir and piano will successively be performed in the following countries located on or near the Arctic circle: USA, Russia, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Canada, Iceland and Denmark. The performances will be presented by the National Geographic Society. The world premiere will be performed by the National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Teddy Abrams in Washington, D.C. on 30 March 2019. The composer will play the solo part for piano.
Thematically and structurally exceptional, this work was born of a cooperation between the Russian-American composer, pianist, writer and artist Lera Auerbach and the National Geographic Society. The magazine invited her to visit the Arctic region in the role of a cultural ambassador to experience its magical, majestic and fragile beauty and to incorporate those insights into her artistic work. “This project is an artistic exploration of the Arctic region and will encompass the immediacy of solitude as well as the noises, complex textures, folklore and mythology of this evolving multi-national region,” Auerbach commented. In 2016 she travelled with Lindblad Expeditions to the Arctic, collecting images, sounds and stories along the way.
This formed the basis for “Arctica” for orchestra, choir and piano that developed into a multi-faceted tonal artwork incorporating music, lyrics and sounds. “Arctica” is to be performed by leading orchestras in each of the eight countries belonging to the Arctic Council.
Born in Chelyabinsk, a gateway to Siberia, Auerbach today lives in Florida and Vienna. She has received many awards for her work, including the renowned Hindemith Prize, a Soros Grant, the Deutschlandfunk Artists’ Prize, the Golden Mask and the ECHO Classic Prize.
In 2014, the World Economic Forum named Lera Auerbach as a cultural leader. Lera Auerbach met Enric Sala, a leading researcher at the National Geographic Society, for the first time at the Young Global Leaders Summit. Sala was able to convince Auerbach to take part in the “Arctica” project. In 2008, Dr Sala launched his Pristine Seas project with the aim of identifying, monitoring, protecting and restoring the last truly wild places in the world’s oceans. Pristine Seas is one of National Geographic's most important environmental protection initiatives.
The next performance of “Arctica” is scheduled for 8 June 2019 in St Petersburg featuring the choir and orchestra of the Mariinski Theatre. After its premiere in Russia, the first performance in Norway is scheduled for 27 February 2020 played by the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. We will keep you up to date on all further national premieres.

30 March 2019      
Washington, D.C.          
World Premiere of Lera Auerbach’s “Arctica”. Symphony for orchestra, choir and piano
(Lera Auerbach, Piano  
The Washington Chorus, National Symphony Orchestra, Washington, D.C., conductor: Teddy Abrams)

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