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Watch: The world’s largest virtual choir singing an Estonian patriotic song

A special virtual concert in Estonia brought together over 2,500 choir singers and was screened at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds; watch how the choir performed “Isamaa ilu hoieldes” – one of the five songs the late composer, Alo Mattiisen, wrote just before the 1988’s Estonian “singing revolution”. A special …

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A new Arvo Pärt album climbs to number five in the Billboard classical chart

A new album of the choral works of the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt, “Stabat Mater: Choral Works by Arvo Pärt”, released by the US-based choir, Gloriæ Dei Cantores, has made it to the top five in the United States Billboard classical chart. The latest album featuring the choral works Pärt …

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Estonia’s foreign policy objectives: the preservation of the Estonian people, language and culture

The Estonian foreign minister, Urmas Reinsalu, on 19 May presented his ministry’s foreign policy strategy at the parliament; according to the document, the country’s foreign policy objectives are “the preservation of the Estonian people, the Estonian language and the Estonian culture through the ages”. The document Reinsalu presented covers the …

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The World Congress of the Finno-Ugric peoples to take place in Tartu in 2021

Representatives of 23 different Finno-Ugric nations are expected to gather in the Estonian town of Tartu in June 2021 for the World Congress of the Finno-Ugric peoples. The congress was originally due to take place in June 2020 but has now been rescheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The NGO …

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VIDEO: Anne Akiko Meyers performs “Estonian Lullaby” by Arvo Pärt

Anne Akiko Meyers, an American concert violinist and the top-selling classical instrumentalist of 2014 on Billboard’s traditional classical charts, has released a recording of Arvo Pärt’s “Estonian Lullaby for Violin and Piano”, dedicated to her by the maestro; her performance is accompanied by a beautiful animated video. The piece was …

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Virtual choir to celebrate the end of the emergency in Estonia

A special virtual concert, bringing together over 2,500 choir singers and screened at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds, celebrates the end of the coronavirus emergency situation in Estonia. The concert, “Spring came differently”, will virtually bring 2,500 choir singers under the cherished song festival arch in the Estonian capital, Tallinn. …

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Estonian National Opera streams “Coppélia” ballet for free

The Estonian National Opera will on 16 May stream for free the opera house’s version of Léo Delibes’s ballet “Coppélia” that originally premiered in Paris in 1870 and has remained in the repertoires all over the world since. The ballet is based on the story, “The Sand-Man”, by Ernst Theodor …

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Four books from Estonia that make a good gift 

Estonian World highlights four notable works from Estonian literature translated to English that will make a great gift to introduce Estonia to your foreign friends and family.* Books by Estonian authors have been translated into many languages over decades. With all the possibilities of mail ordering and e-books, the options …

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Estonian symphonics to remember composer Lepo Sumera with a free virtual concert

To remember the Estonian composer Lepo Sumera (1950 – 2000) on the 70th anniversary of his birth, on 8 May, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra soloists and pianist Kadri-Ann Sumera will perform his compositions at the Estonia Concert Hall; the concert will be streamed for free online. “On 8 May, …

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