Music News

Giuseppe Verdi’s Messa da Requiem in Tõrva

On June 15 at 7 pm, Giuseppe Verdi’s sacred masterpiece Messa da Requiem will be performed in small Estonian town Tõrva, South-Estonia by almost 200 musicians. Among the soloists will be Estonian mezzo-soprano Monika-Evelin Liiv, several Estonian top choirs and Estonian National Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Risto Joost.

„Sei la luce e il mattino” by Tõnu Kõrvits to be premiered at the Tallinn Philharmonic Society’s final concert of the season

On June 16, the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra under the baton of Risto Joost will end its season at the Tallinn Philharmonic Society House of Blackheads with the premiere of „Sei la luce e il mattino” by Tõnu Kõrvits.

Arvo Volmer announced as the new Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Estonian National Opera

The council of the Estonian National Opera confirmed Arvo Volmer as the new Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Estonian National Opera from the season 2019–2020.

Celebratory week dedicated to Maestro Eri Klas

From June 5 to 8, the Estonian National Opera, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, state concert institution Eesti Kontsert, and the Tallinn Philharmonic Society will jointly present a programme to mark the 80th anniversary of the birth of Maestro Eri Klas (June 7, 1939 – February, 26 2016).

Toivo Tulev’s „I Heard the Voices of Children“ to be premiered in Los Angeles

Toivo Tulev’s new work „I Heard the Voices of Children“ for choir, soloists and instrumental ensemble will be premiered on June 1 in Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The work is a joint commision of chamber choir The Crossing and Los Angeles Philharmonic for the „Noon to Midnight“ festival dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

The Association of Estonian Professional Musicians will end its season

Tomorrow, on May 21 the Association of the Estonian Professional Musicians will end its 20th season with the concert at the Tallinn Philharmonic Society House of Blackheads. The final concert will present bright young musicians Marten Altrov (clarinet) and Johan Randvere (piano). The programme consists of the works by Ester Mägi, Lepo Sumera, and Lembit Veevo, among others. The concert starts at 7 pm.

The annual conference of the International Association of Music Information Centres taking place in Tallinn

From May 8 to 10 the annual meeting and general assembly of the International Association of Music Information Centres (IAMIC) is taking place in Tallinn, Estonia. Representatives of music information centres from 19 countries are attening the annual conference, giving presentations and participating in seminars and discussions.

Estonian Sinfonietta at the Malta International Spring Orchestra Festival

At the beginning of May, the season of Eesti Sinfonietta ended majestically at 13th Malta International Spring Orchestra Festival, where orchestra gave two concerts in Valletta. The program consisted of music by Jean Sibelius, Arturs Maskats, Alfred Schnittke, Paul Hindemith, Francis Poulenc, Karl Fiorini, Gustav Mahler, and Estonian Lepo Sumera.

Pianist Ivari Ilja celebrates his jubilee with a solo recital

On May 8 the exceptional Estonian pianist, internationally recognized artist as well as the rector of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre Ivari Ilja celebrates his 60th birthday with a solo recital at the White Hall of the Tallinn Philharmonic Society House of Blackheads. The program will consist of works by Frédéric Chopin.

A new album of French music for clarinet has been released

In May 2019, Estonian music production company Estonian Record Productions released a brand new album of 20th century French music for clarinet, performed by clarinetist Selvadore Rähni and pianist Tuuli Rähni. The CD presents works by Camille Saint-Saëns, Claude Debussy, Francis Poulenc, and Pierre Sancan.