Erki Meister’s Seto Symphony Peko for choir, orchestra and four tenors, written on texts by Anne Vabarna and Paulopriit Voolaine, will be premiered. New work tells the story of Seto mythic hero, king and demigod. It begins with the birth of Peko and runs throughout the life till the hero falling asleep in the cave on which later Pskovo-Pechersky Monastery is built.
Peko will be performed by Chamber Orchestra, Chamber Choir Kalev and soloists Oliver Kuusik, Urmas Põldma, Ain Alabert and Valnar Neidre. Interim texts will beread by Merle Jääger, conductor is Hirvo Surva.
Concerts will take place on November 26 at 7 pm in Värska Culture Centre, November 27 at 9 pm in Tartu University assembly hall and November 28 at 7 pm in the Glasshall of the Tallinn Song Stage.
Excertps from the rehearsal: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBX_zVXkvyM
Erki Meister (b. 1967) has graduated from the Tallinn Pedagogical University in choral conducting and cultural management (1991) and Estonian Academy of Arts in painting (2003). He has been the chief conductor of chamber choir Cantico, Old Town Mixed Choir, Baltika Female Choir and Chamber Choir of Ministry of Finance. Since 1998, he has conducted chamber choirs Kalev and Flora. Meister has written large scale vocal-symphonic works, chamber music and choral songs, several of them have won prizes at composition competitions.