The main concert of Tartu Song Festival includes the works belonging to the absolute top of the Estonian choral music at Tartu Song Festival Grounds on 22 June. For example, 37 renowned composers include such world-famous persons as Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis. Approximately 8,500 singers will be performing their music on the stage, or under the arch of the Song Festival Grounds. Also, a brass band consisting of several hundred members will perform with Vanemuine Symphony Orchestra and soloists.
Let’s travel in time
21 June is a day of time travelling in terms of song festivals in Tartu. The event starts with an open-air church service in the ruins of Tartu Cathedral at 12. It will be followed by the era concerts at 16, 18, and 20, which will open the storyline of the song festivals by 50 years. At 22, there will be a dance performance “Destined to stay” (“Loodud jääma”) in the Kassitoome valley, speaking about the continuation of Estonian folk dances through several generations. The day ends, however, in a rather unexpected place – an event called “Small night music of masterminds” (“Väike suurvaimude öömuusika”), or a musical meeting will take place at Raadi cemetery in Tartu at 23. The event takes a deep bow before all the masterminds of Estonia who are no longer in this world. One of the most renowned Estonian folk musicians Maarja Nuut will also join this night contemplation. All concerts of this day, except for the dance performance, are free of charge.