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January 24 , 2006

Pärt premiere in Turin

A new work by Arvo Pärt, “La Sindone”, for orchestra and percussion, is to be premiered on February 15th in Turin Cathedral, with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra under conductor Olari Elts. Commissioned by the classical music festival Settembre Musica Torino, the work is inspired by the famous Shroud of Turin, said to bear the imprint of Christ’s face. Regarded as one of Christianity’s most important sacred relics, it is said to have been brought from Jerusalem to Turin via Aleppo, Constantinople, Cyprus, Paris, Lirey and Chambery. The Shroud arrived in Turin in 1578, and has been preserved in the Cathedral ever since.

The concert, part of the celebrations surrounding the Turin Winter Olympics 2006, will also feature performances of Pärt’s “Arbos”, in a version for brass, “Cecilia, vergine romana” and “Da Pacem Domine” for choir and orchestra (with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir).

A version of "Da Pacem Domine" can be heard on Pärt’s "Lamentate" album, performed by the Hilliard Ensemble.