The JSO embarks on a tour to Estonia and Lithuania

May 15, 2019
The JSO embarks on a tour to Estonia and Lithuania

The concerts, under the baton of Estonian conductor Andres Mustonen, will feature works by Beethoven, Brahms and Mendelssohn.

The JSO will be holding concerts in Parnu, Tartu, Tallinn and Riga, with Israeli pianist Tom Borrow and Tartu Choir (Estonia).


The Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra will be setting out on May 22nd on a week long tour, including four concerts in Estonia and Lithuania. The tour will be led by renowned Estonian conductor Andres Mustonen, with whom the JSO had established a fruitful artistic relationship. Mustonen, who had led the JSO in the frame of the Tallinn-Tel-Aviv Festival for the last four years, had been promoting the tour after a long time.

The tour will begin in the cities of Parnu and Tartu, and afterwards will perform in Tallinn, the Estonian capital, in the frame of the Tallinn annual spring festival. The last concert of the tour sees the JSO performing in Riga, the Lithuanian capital.

The programme for the concerts in Estonia and Lithuania includes Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 3, with young Israeli pianist Tom BorrowBrahms' Symphony No. 4 and excerpts from Mendelssohn's A Midsummer Night's Dream, together with the  Tartu Choir (Estonia).

In recent years the orchestra frequently goes on tours abroad. In the summer of 2018 the JSO had visited Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Peru in front of full concerts halls, in spite of anti-Israeli demonstrations. An historic concert was held in 2015 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, commemorating the International Holocaust Memorial Day, where the JSO performed Shostakovich's Symphony No. 13, Babi Yar. The JSO had also performed in the US, Japan, Croatia, Azerbaijan and in other countries.


The Director General of the JSO, Mr. Yair Stern: "The concerts in Estonia and Lithuania serve as an opportunity to put on display the JSO's quality in other countries and cities. We welcome the opportunity to continue, this year also, presenting the orchestra's musical skills in front of new audiences and to represent Jerusalem, the capital of Israel