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Premiere of Tõnu Kõrvits' "St Michael Songs" in the USA

Tõnu Kõrvits. Photo: Kaupo Kikkas

  Gregory Fuller

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. The choir is conducted by Gregory Fuller. The concert will take place in Bilox, Mississippi at St. Michael's Catholic Church, also known as the "Church of the Fishermen," dedicated to sailors and fishermen. The nearly half-hour 6-part a cappella choral work is written with the church in mind, which was almost destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Dickinson's texts used in the work are also related to the sea, sailors and fishermen.

The Southern Chorale and Gregory Fuller have performed also other choral cycles by Tõnu Kõrvits: "Canticle of the Sun" was premiered in 2015, "Moorland Elegies" was performed at Carnegie Hall in 2019, Kõrvits' most popular choral cycle "Kreek's Notebook" was performed in 2014 and released on CD in 2018.

More info: The University of Southern Mississippi