On January 16, The University of Southern Mississippi’s choral ensemble The Southern Chorale will premiere Tõnu Kõrvits' new choral cycle "St Michael Songs" on the poems of Emily Dickinson.
January 10 is the 100th birth anniversary of the beloved composer Ester Mägi, who passed away at the age of 99. Anniversary events take place in concert halls as well as on radio and television. Ester Mägi's music will be performed at the Great Hall of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theater, the Estonia Concert Hall, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra concert and chamber and choir concerts.
Cellist Marcel Johannes Kits will give two solo concerts in Pinneberg and Berlin, with pianist Sten Heinoja as one of his ensemble partners. The program includes cello works by André Jolivet, Francis Poulenc, Alfred Schnittke and Johannes Brahms.
On 31 October and 1 November, Arvo Pärt’s a cappella choral piece "O Holy Father Nicholas" will premiere at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. The work will be performed by the Artefact Ensemble, conducted by Grammy Award-nominated conductor Benedict Sheehan.
From October 7–10, the first Tubin Festival will take place in Tartu under the leadership of conductor Mihhail Gerts. Dedicated to Estonia's greatest symphonist Eduard Tubin, the festival focuses on the music created by composer during his time spent in Tartu, also on the work of Tubin’s fellow student Eduard Oja and their mutual teacher Heino Eller.
Tomorrow, on September 25, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and conductor Tõnu Kaljuste, will give a performance in newly renovated Tonhalle Concert Hall in Zurich with works by Arvo Pärt and Maurice Duruflé.
Toccata Classics continues its exploration of the piano music of Heino Eller with a seventh volume from pianist Sten Lassmann
Pianist Sten Lassmann is the first to undertake a complete recording of Heino Eller's piano works. A decade ago, he started the series "Heino Eller: Complete Piano Music" with the London-based record company Toccata Classics, the seventh volume is now available.
Cellist Aare Tammesalu and pianist Irina Zahharenkova will perform in Carinola, Italy, on September 10 and 11. In addition to works by Estonian composers Mirjam Tally, Andrus Kallastu and Arvo Pärt, the program also include music by Fryderyk Chopin, Felix Mendelssohn, Luigi Boccherini, Ludwig van Beethoven, Jean Philippe Rameau and Maurice Ravel.
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra’s 95th season starts on September 10 with the opening concert of the season
The 95th season of the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra begins on September 10 with a grand opening concert, where Elis Hallik's new work "Firehearted" will be premiered. It will be introduced by a pre-concert starting at 6 pm and the "Symphonic Lunch" the day before. For a new season, ENSO's chief conductor and artistic director Olari Elts has invited the world's top soloists and conductors to Estonia. In addition, Elts introduces two new topics in the program selection: mental health and environmentally conscious behavior.
With the traditional Arvo Pärt Days starting today, the Nargenfestival celebrates Arvo Pärt's birthday. This year, the festival will reach churches and concert halls all over Estonia. The performers will be Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir Collegium Musicale, vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis, Ralph van Raat and Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam.