Paavo Järvi’s second season as Music Director of the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich was unveiled this week, with the announcement that Arvo Pärt will be making his contribution to the opening concert on 23 September as the orchestra’s next Creative Chair, with a new version of La Sindone. Also on the opening programme are Beethoven’s Symphony No.7 and Violin Concerto Op.61, in a piano arrangement by one of this year’s selected Focus artists, the Finnish pianist, conductor and composer Olli Mustonen.

In addition to a focus on the music of Arvo Pärt, Paavo Järvi’s second season in Zürich sees the conclusion of the Tchaikovsky cycle and the start of a new cycle dedicated to Mendelssohn. Also in March 2021 – with a delay of one year – the orchestra will perform Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Concerto for Accordion, Prophecy, with soloist Ksenija Sidrova, a concert which was cancelled earlier this year just as the corona virus pandemic struck.

The Tonhalle team will remain open and flexible to their planning for the start of the next season and retain plans for the orchestra’s next tour to Paris, Luxembourg, Moscow and Vienna in November and a residency at Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie in March 2021.

Alpha Classics will release the first of the Tonhalle-Orchester’s Tchaikovsky CD recordings with Paavo Järvi this Autumn, commencing with Symphony No.5 and the overture Francesca da Rimini.