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Festival TubIN takes place in Tartu and Tallinn

Festival TubIN 2023 steadfastly continues on its journey of introducing the symphonies of Eduard Tubin, and making sense of events and topics related to those symphonies. The TubIN festival will take place from September 28 to October 1 and this year will also come to Tallinn.

This year’s festival focuses on Symphonies no 7 and no 8 by Eduard Tubin, and the main theme of the festival is consistency. The nulla dies sine linea principle (Latin for “not a day without writing”), which Tubin learned under the hand of Heino Eller, helped him to develop his creative works even during the most complicated moments of his life. One such moment being the attack by the foreign Estonian refugee communities which followed composers visit to Estonia in 1961.

Tubin’s Symphony No 8 “Non Grata”, which will be performed in the festival’s opening concert, was written while under this crossfire. In the composer’s words, he dared to express his feelings, to laugh and cry in this piece.

As a note of consistency, this year’s festival is dedicated to celebrating the 150th anniversary of the birth of Rudolf Tobias. As such, it includes a gala concert for the students of the Heino Eller Music School. The final concert, “From Hand to Hand”, includes pieces in which the works of each composer form a notional link in the chain of predecessors and successors.

Concerts will be given by the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and the Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Mihhail Gerts, the string quartet M4GNET, Karmen Puis (soprano) and Urmas Taniloo (organ), Heili Rosin-Leivategija (flute) and Mihhail Gerts (piano). The concerts take place mainly in the Vanemuise Concert Hall in Tartu, but also in the Estonia Concert Hall, the Estonian National Museum and the Tubina Hall of the Heino Eller Music School. The artistic director of the festival is Mihhail Gerts, the organizer is Eesti Kontsert.

More info: Eesti Kontsert