The Estonian Philharmonic Choir bring the deeply moving sacred music of their celebrated countryman to Australia.

Arvo Pärt’s impact in the field of new music is highly significant. The prolific Estonian, noted for his direct yet contemplative style, is without doubt one of the most revered composers of our times. His popular appeal reaches out well beyond the purely classical, embracing contemporary music fans across a whole range of genres. Influenced by Orthodox plainsong and Gregorian chant, his pared-down, austere “Holy Minimalist” style has made him one of the most important composers of the last 50 years.

In something of a coup for Sydney, the Opera House has secured the Australian debut of the Grammy Award-winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir. Noted exponents of Pärt’s work, the choir have worked extensively with the composer in the past and premiered many of his works. The concert will be conducted by Pärt expert, Tõnu Kaljuste with string players from the Sydney Symphony and soloists Satu Vänskä, Kirsty Hilton and Veronique Serret. The program will include several of Pärt’s greatest hits including Tabula Rasa, Spiegel im Spiegeland Fratres. There will also be a chamber performance by the Sydney Youth Orchestra.

Now in its second...