Estonian philharmonics to perform in Washington

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir will perform at the Serenade! International Choral Series in Washington, DC, in March.

Following the success of its all-Arvo Pärt concert at the Kennedy Center in May 2014, the choir returns to celebrate the anniversaries of great musical giants: Jean Sibelius’ 150th, Veljo Tormis’ 85th and Arvo Pärt’s 80th.

The choir is one of the most well-known and prestigious choirs in the world and was founded by conductor Tõnu Kaljuste, who played an active role in keeping the Estonian choral tradition alive during the Soviet occupation, in 1981. Kaljuste went on to serve as the artistic director and chief conductor for twenty years. Kaljuste will return as the conductor for this performance at the National City Christian Church in Washington.

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir’s repertoire extends from Gregorian chant and baroque to music of the 21st century, with special focus on Estonian-born composers, such as Pärt and Tormis, with the mission of introducing their music to the rest of the world.

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The performance will take place on Monday, 2 March, 2015, at 7:30 PM. For ticket information, visit eventbrite.com or call +1 703-683-6040.

Cover: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (credit: Kaupo Kikkas)

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