Music News


Today, on June 14 at 7 pm at St. John’s Church in Tallinn, Eesti Sinfonietta together with Chamber Choir Collegium Musicale will perform in a concert entitled „Along the Milky Way“. The concert is dedicated to the memory of the victims of the deportations in Estonia and Ukraine. The program consists of music by Estonian and Ukrainian composers: Passion by Erkki-Sven Tüür, Beauty of the Evening by Pärt Uusberg and Stille Musik and Epitaph by Valentin Silvestrov. The conductor is Endrik Üksvärav, the chief conductor of Collegium Musicale.

The Soviet occupation brought about an event that until then had only been read about in history books and which became the most horrible memory of the past centuries – mass deportations that affected people of all nationalities living in Estonia. The two deportations that affected Estonia the most, on 14 June 1941 and 25 March 1949, are annually observed as days of mourning. The March 1949 deportation was the largest of these when over 20,000 people, mostly women and children, were deported from Estonia. However, the horrors of deportations have not disappeared from the world – hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians have been deported from Ukraine to Russia in recent months.