A season of classical music this autumn

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A season of classical music this autumn

Classical music enthusiasts are due for a field day this autumn. Vienna Strauss Orchestra is here between November and December. Estonia 100 celebrates the 110th birthday of Gustav Ernesaks, one of the driving forces behind the national song festival on the second half of the 20th century. Last but not least, the largest piano festival in northeastern Europe will bust out some melodies in October. Find below a list of some of the highlight events in Estonian concert halls this season.

Vienna Strauss Orchestra concert (Austria)

Throughout Estonia

30.11.2018 - 01.12.2018

Vienna Strauss Orchestra, the official orchestra of Vienna, has been performing for more than 30 years. On 1st of January each year, the Vienna Strauss Orchestra performs the opening act of the famous Vienna Ball. The orchestra is internationally recognised thanks to its original interpretation of Vienna’s music, the wide repertoire of classical works, and its performances of the Strauss Dynasty and Vienna operetta pieces. The collective is made even more unique by the fact that they perform popular classical music with colourful Austrian humour.

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Concert by The King’s Singers

Throughout Estonia

23.10.2018 - 25.10.2018

The Grammy-winning vocal group The King’s Singers are celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2018 with numerous concerts across the world. The official birthday of the King’s Singers is 1st of May 1968 when the group was formed by six young, recently-graduated musicians.  What really distinguishes the group is their musical diversity. The King’s Singers is often on television with their pop music arrangements. Their British charm and musical craft have captured the hearts of audiences across the world. The numerous achievements of the vocal group include two Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and a place in the Gramophone Hall of Fame.

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Concert ‘Gustav Ernesaks 110’

Throughout Estonia

12.12.2018 - 14.12.2018

Gustav Ernesaks is songwriter who has left his mark in the Estonian music history as a composer, director, and teacher. He conducted countless choirs, founded the Estonian National Male Choir and was its long-time conductor. Gustav worked as a teacher in different schools and the Tallinn State Conservatory.. He also organised and managed song festivals. and his name has become synonymous with the Unesco feautured Song Festivals. Performances feature: Estonian National Male Choir Estonian National Opera Boys’ Choir (conductor Hirvo Surva) Conductor Mikk Üleoja

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XI International Piano Festival KLAVER 2018

Throughout Estonia

05.10.2018 - 12.10.2018

The largest piano festival in the Baltic and Nordic countries was first held in 1998, when its founder and artistic leader, pianist Lauri Väinmaa, wanted to introduce to the locals some of the most amazing pianists from around the world. All of this occurred before the arrival of YouTube. The festival will be held from 5th to 12th of October 2018 in Tallinn and artists include Leif Ove Andsnes (Norway), Rudolf Buchbinder (Austria), Jeremy Denk (USA), piano duo Katia and Marielle Labèque (France), Brazil PianOrquestra, and many others.

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The New Year’s Eve concert of Eesti Kontsert and Hennessy

Throughout Estonia

30.12.2018 - 31.12.2018

The New Year’s Eve concert organised by Eesti Kontsert and Hennessy Tallinn Chamber Orchestra features a performance by Dmitri Sinkovski (violin, contratenor, conductor / Russia) and Tallinn Philharmonic Society. The programme includes: Vivaldi. Concerto for violin and strings RV 277 (Il Favorito) Geminiani. Concerto grosso in D minor op. 5 No. 12 (La Folia) Händel. Aria from the opera Rodelinda HWV 19 (Dove sei amato bene) Vivaldi. Symphony for strings in B minor, RV 169 (Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro) Vivaldi. Concerto for violin and strings in D minor, RV 242 (Per pisendel) Händel. Aria from the opera Rinaldo HWV 7 (Venti turbini Prestate).

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Saint Petersburg State Children’s Ballet Theater ‘The Nutcracker’

Throughout Estonia

26.11.2018 - 10.12.2018

The Saint Petersburg State Children’s Ballet Theater was founded in 1992 by soloists Anatoli Nikiforov and Irina Safonova of Mariinsky Theatre. The ballet ‘The Nutcracker’ marks a major creative success by the theatre and in particular, its artistic director and producer I. Safonova. ‘The Nutcracker’ premiered in November 2000. In 2001, the theatre was announced the winner of the Saint Petersburg Theatres for Children Festival with their production and presentation of the ballet ‘The Nutcracker’. The ballet deals with a very humane subject matter and is staged in accordance with the best traditions of theatrical art, making it the perfect piece to introduce the beauty of classical ballet to young audiences.

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Moscow Chamber Orchestra ‘Musica Viva’

Throughout Estonia

16.10.2018 - 18.10.2018

Moscow Chamber Orchestra consists of world-class musicians who have gained international recognition with their wonderful interpretations, worked with the best soloists in the world, and performed on the most sought after stages in the world. Conductor and soloist Alexander Rudin (cello, piano) Programme: Beethoven. Overture to the ballet ‘The Creatures of Prometheus’ (‘Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus’) Haydn. Cello Concerto in C major, Hob.VIIb: 1 Mozart. Symphony no. 40 in G major. KV. 550.

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Last updated : 17.09.2018