XII International Northern Flower Festival - 2011

XII International Chamber Music Festival Northern Flowers
St Petersburg-Veliky Novgorod-Narva-Imatra
October 15 – November 6, 2011

Dear friends,

I am happy to greet you at the concerts of our twelfth festival. I am sure that The Northern Flowers, as in the previous years, will give a true pleasure to the audience, and will provide new nourishments to their heart and intellect.

This year, we are crossing Russia’s borders for the first time. The Northern Flowers’ programs will be presented in Estonian Narva so cheerful and close to us, and in Finnish Imatra loved by many generations of St. Petersburgers. Under the vaults of the ancient Narva castle and in one of Finland’s coziest halls, the wooden Imatran Konserttihovi, we will present the music of the famous Petersburger Valery Gavrilin, his famous Russian Notebook, which is a creation of genius.

The Northern Flowers continue their close and efficient cooperation with the Norwegian province of Finnmark. The magnificent No Border Orchestra from the shores of the Barents Sea will appear in St. Petersburg and Veliky Novgorod. It is usual to say that music has no borders. The international team from the North of Norway confirms this statement with its bright virtuoso musicianship easily shifting national, language, and stylistic borders.

The festival will feature two very interesting St. Petersburg premieres of works of today’s composers. David’s Song by Lithuanian Anatoly Shenderovas is dedicated to the 60th anniversary of David Geringas, an outstanding musician of our days. Remarkably, the opus will be performed in the Glinka Hall by the cellist himself, with musicians of the legendary Vilnius String Quartet, long-time friends of The Northern Flowers, as his partners. 

The Partisan Requiem by Henning Sommerro based on the tragic events of the World War II in the north of Europe is a quite unexpected project for our festival. This striking and masterful opus will be performed in the new hall of the Estonian St. John’s church located in Dekabristov Street. The venue excellently reconditioned and provided with the most advanced light and sound equipment will enable us to combine the musical action and an attractive video sequence on a large screen. The concert’s audience will be able to deeper understand the history of those hard years, and to enjoy the amazing views of the Nordic nature, severe and beautiful at the same time.

The Northern Flowers are developing, while remaining unchanged in their best manifestations; the festival is interesting and laden with diverse musical events; we invited excellent performers from many countries, and the concert programs will unite classical masterpieces and excellent works by today’s authors – aren’t these all lovely motives to meet again!

Bon voyage, Northern Flowers 2011!

Yuri Serov

Artistic Director of the Festival


Saturday, October 15, 2011, 17.00
Narva Castle, Peterburi maantee 2, Narva
Sunday, November 6, 2011, 17.00
Imatran Konserttihovi, Heikinkatu 15, Imatra
Mila SHKIRTIL, mezzo-soprano
Yuri SEROV, piano
Verstovsky, Alyabiev, Gurilev, Varlamov
Songs and Romances
Valery Gavrilin
The Russian Notebook, a vocal cycle to traditional words (1965)
Saturday, October 22, 2011, 19.00
St. John Church, Dekabristov Str., 54
St Petersburg
Sunday, October 23, 2011, 17.00
Philharmonic Concert Hall, Kremlin, 8
Veliky Novgorod
Ingrid WILLASSEN, violin
Jovan PAVLOVIC, accordion
Helge NORBAKKEN, percussion
Petar PALCHEV, accordion
Harald DEVOLD, saxophones
Nikolay GIRUNYAN, cello
Marianne HALMRAST, bass
Torris BAKKE, viola
Saturday, October 29, 2011, 19.00
Glinka Philharmonic Hall, Nevsky pr., 30
St Petersburg
David GERINGAS, cello (Germany)
Audrone Vainiunaite, violin  
Arturas Silale, violin
Girdutis Jakaitis, viola
Augustinas Vasiliauskas, cello
Lidia KOVALENKO, viola
Ludwig van Beethoven
String Quartet No.11, in F Minor (“Serioso”)
Anatolijus Senderovas
David’s Song for Cello and String Quartet (2006)
Johannes Brahms (1833-1
String Sextet in B flat major No.1
Sunday, October 30, 2011, 16.00
Sheremetev Palace, Fontanka 34
St Petersburg
Olga SOLOVYOVA, piano (Moscow)
Mila SHKIRTIL, mezzo-soprano
Alexei MASSARSKY, cello
Audrone Vainiunaite, violin  
Arturas Silale, violin
Girdutis Jakaitis, viola
Augustinas Vasiliauskas, cello
Nikolay Myaskovsky
Cello sonata No.1 in D major
Georgy Sviridov
Six Song to Words by Alexander Block
Boris Tchaikovsky
Piano Quintet in A minor (1962)
Friday, November 4, 2011, 19.00
St. John Church, Dekabristov Str., 54
St Petersburg
Partisan Requiem for narrator, soprano, baritone, mixed choir and chamber orchestra (2001)
Sergei BARKOVSKY, narrator
Ekaterina GONCHAROVA, soprano
Anton PETRYAEV, baritone
CONCERT CHOIR of St Petersburg State University of Culture and Arts
Artistic director Sergei YEKIMOV
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA of the St Petersburg Philharmonic Academic Symphony Orchestra
Yuri SEROV, conductor