Arvo Pärt, one of the most popular composers in the world, prepares to show a cross-section of his oeuvre in the District and New York.
At the center named for him in Estonia earlier this month, the composer Arvo Pärt makes an evocative gesture; rather than talking, he prefers to let the music speak for itself. Pärt, who is coming to the United States this week for the first time in 30 years, for concerts in Washington and New York sponsored by the Arvo Pärt Project and the Estonian Embassy, is one of relatively few contemporary composers whose music appeals to a wide range of tastes both within and outside the classical community. R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, for one, has praised its “pathos and incredible beauty. It is a rare voice, much-needed in an upside-down world.” Birgit Püve/For The Washington Post Buy Photo