Estonian music in summer festivals

In July and August, a number of music festivals take place in Estonia, many of them including the works of Estonian composers in programme.

David Oistrakh Festival in Pärnu, July 2–22

* At the opening concert on July 2, the Swedish percussion ensemble Kroumata will perform the work „There is the time for autumn” by Galina Grigorjeva;
* On July 8, the Early Music Consort Hortus Musicus will present a programm which includes „Da pacem Domine” by Arvo Pärt, „Salve Regina” by Erkki-Sven Tüür and „In memoriam Helle Mustonen” by Peeter Vähi;
* On July 15, the Bromley Youth Chamber Orchestra (United Kingdom) and violinist Anna Harpham will perform “Fratres” by Arvo Pärt;
*On July 22, the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet (Ireland) will give the world premiere of the „Endless Canon” by Galina Grigorjeva at KUMU Art Museum, Tallinn

Glasperlenspiel Festival, July 8 – August 6

On July 8, Tokyo Philharmonic Chorus conducted by Chifuru Matsubara will sing choral music of Peeter Vähi.

Rapla Church Music Festival, July 22 – August 8

On August 6, the recital „Enn Vetemaa – 70” will take place in Rapla Church, the performers being Aleksander Hännikäinen (oboe), Tallinn Saxophone Quartet and Festival Chamber Orchestra conducted by Jüri Alperten.
Enn Vetemaa who celebrated his 70th birthday on July 20, is foremost known as a writer, scenarist and poet. In addition to the Tallinn Polytechnic Institute Vetemaa has graduated Tallinn Conservatoire where he studied composition with Heino Eller Anatoli Garshnek. Only in his late fifties Enn Vetemaa again became more active as a composer.

Kuressaare Opera Days, July 27–30

The 30th of July is the Estonian Day at Kuressaare Opera Days, when the songplay ”Uku and Vanemuine or the Estonian people and gods” by Karl August Hermann / Raimo Kangro will be heard as a concert performance. Young Estonian singers will perform at the Gala Concert and the performance of the runic opera “Lemminkäinen. Play on the theme of Kalevala” will be the finale event.

XX Tallinn International Organ Festival, July 28 – August 6

On July 28, the opening concerts will take place in a number of churches throughout Estonia, many organists including ”Trivium” by Arvo Pärt in their concert programmes: Kristel Aer performs the work at Iisaku Church, Tiia Tenno at Koeru Church, Ines Maidre at Pärnu St. Elizabeth Church, Maris Oidekivi-Kaufmann at Rakvere Church, Tiit Kiik at Ridala Church, Kadri Ploompuu at Räpina Church, Kristiina Hoidre at Suure-Jaani Church, Aare-Paul Lattik at Tartu St. John’s Church, Gustav-Leo Kivirand at Torma Church, Toomas Trass at Valga Church and Piret Aidulo at Vigala Church. The same day, Jaanus Torrim will peform ”Annum per annum” by Arvo Pärt at Rõuge Church.
Beside Western classics and contemporary composers, music by Estonian composers Mihkel Lüdig, Rudolf Tobias, Peeter Vähi, Jaanus Torrim, Margo Kõlar and Andres Uibo will be heard at the festival.