The theme of this year’s festival is „Sacred“. Sacred in the broadest, most beautiful and most human sense – from a blissful feeling of holiness to a quiet state of gratitude, from daily celebrations to uniqueness and miracle. Festival presents more than 30 new pieces from our outstanding composers of younger and older generations performed by our top collectives and interpreters. On April 13, The LHV award for new compositions „Au-tasu“ will be handed out in Estonia Concert Hall.
The premiere of Rudolf Tobias’s oratorio’s „Jonah“ version in Estonian language and original orchestration in Estonia
On June 7, Rudolf Tobias’s oratorio’s „Jonah’s Commission“ (later named „Joonas“ („Jonah“)) version in Estonian language and original orchestration will be performed first time in Estonia in the program of Nargenfestival in Tallinn St. John’s church.
Tomorrow, on January 25, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra starts its third concert tour in the U.S under the baton of Neeme Järvi and Arvo Volmer. The orchestra will give seven concerts from Florida to California, performing music by Johannes Brahms, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Jean Sibelius, Antonín Dvořák, Arvo Pärt, Heino Eller and Eduard Tubin. Soloists will be Triin Ruubel (violin), Ben Beilman (violin) and Garrick Ohlsson (piano).
Concerts of Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Arvo Pärt Weekend in Brussels
From January 26 to 28, festival „Arvo Pärt Weekend“ dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Estonia will take place in Flagey Concert Hall in Brussels. Composer’s works will be performed by Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Tallinn Chamber Orchestra together with Belgian interpreters.
Estonian Festival Orchestra under the baton of Paavo Järvi will give the first performance of Erkki-Sven Tüür’s Ninth Symphony „Mythos“. Concerts dedicated to the 100th birthday of the Republic of Estonia will take place on January 16 at 7 pm in Tallinn, Estonia Concert Hall and January 18 at 8 pm in Brussels, Bozar Centre for Fine Arts.
Estonian Music Information Centre is on Christmas vacation from December 23 till January 1. EMIC Music Shop orders made and paid up to December 20 will be posted on December 21. Orders made after that will be fulfilled from January 2. Scores in PDF format paid with credit card appear into your mailbox automatically. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for all!
Finnish label Alba Records has released a debut album „Concertos for oboe and oboe d´amore“ by German-based Estonian oboist Kalev Kuljus and Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra.
From November 2–8, International Society for Contemporary Music (ISCM) festival World New Music Days takes place in Canada, Vancouver. Estonia is represented by two works: Märt-Matis Lill’s ensemble piece „When the Buffalo Went Away“ and Tõnu Kõrvits’s choir cycle „The Songs of Song of Songs“.
International New Music Festival Afekt takes place in Tallinn and Tartu from October 27 to November 1. Afekt presents a wide range of contemporary music, from its recognized classics to new and fresh themes currently actual on the international scene, performed by top musicians and ensembles. Premieres of works by Elis Vesik, Mart Siimer, Age Veeroos, Liisa Hirsch, Marianna Liik, Helena Tulve and Michael Finnissy will be brought to the audience.