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Christmas music festival: “Church Holidays in the Land of Mary“ 2017

Miraculous Christmas time filled with beautiful music in churches and music lounges all over Estonia! Estonian Republic 100, Reformation 500, EFFE Label 2017-2018 by European Festivals Association

OPENING CONCERT. First week of Advent
3rd of December 2017 at 20.00 in Swedish St. Michael’s church, Tallinn
“Vox Angelorum”
PERFORMERS: Arete Teemets (soprano, Estonia), Ingmar Simson-Valtin (violin, Sweden), Ines Maidre-Aarvik (organ, Norway)
PROGRAM: A concert with a poetic title “Vox Angelorum“ is dedicated to angels. Violin as the most angelic instrument and soprano as the most divine human voice add unearthly feeling to the organ sounds. Through these three modalities composers have tried to express the voice of angels the most often. In these concerts our mediums are soprano Arete Teemets, violinist Ingmar Simson-Valtin and organist Ines Maidre-Aarvik. Besides canorous sounds the program includes some unusual visions of angels. For example, the audience will hear the tango-motifed “Milonga del Angel“ by Astor Piazzolla, the charmingly elegant “La Valse des Anges“ by Frenchman Julien Bret and an ornitological opus by composer Olivier Messiaen, where angels are portrayed as birdlike tweeting creatures.

Tickets: 12 / 10*

AWAITING CHRISTMAS. Third week of Advent
16th of December 2017 at 18.00 in Kuremaa Castle
17th of December 2017 at 18.00 in Kõltsu Manor
"Christmas in a manor, Corelli Consort 25!"
PERFORMERS: Ka Bo Chan (countertenor)
Baroque ensemble Corelli Consort on period instruments: Mail Sildos (baroque violin), Johanna Randvere (baroque cello), Kristo Käo (theorb and baroque guitar)
PROGRAM: Christmas and love, the hearty program contains canorous Christmas music and touching love songs by masters of the baroque era. All of it is performed by a little mystical voice countertenor accompanied by mild-sounded baroque instruments. Candlellit lounge evenings in the most beautiful Estonian manors celebrate the 25th anniversary of the baroque ensemble Corelli Consort.

Tickets: in Kuremaa castle 10 / 8*, available in Kuremaa castle,
Tickets: in Kõltsu manor 15 / 12*

BRUSSELS. Traditional year-end concerts
28th of December 2017 at 20.00 in St John’s Church, Tartu
29th of December 2017 at 20.00 in St John’s Church, Tallinn
"Brussels in the Land of Mary", ending of Estonian Presidency of the Council of the EU
PERFORMERS: Pirjo Jonas and Maria Listra (sopranos), Tuuri Dede (mezzo-soprano), Ivo Posti (countertenor), Anto Õnnis and Rasmus Kull (tenors), Tamar Nugis and Uku Joller (basses)
Corelli Baroque orchestra on period instruments,
Conductor Martin Sildos.
PROGRAM: H. I. F. von Biber „Missa Bruxellensis“ – ESTONIAN PREMIERE!

The year traditionally ends with brilliant large scale works concerts in St. John’s Churches in Tartu and Tallinn, which have fascinated the audience over ten years already. Under the church vaults we can this time enjoy the Estonian premiere of a forgotten opus from baroque era - Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber’s “Missa Bruxellensis”. This marvellous piece with spectacular number of musicians has been performed very few times in whole world. These concerts with symbolic title mark the end of Estonian presidency of the EU Council and the beginning of Estonia’s 100th anniversary year!

Tickets: in Tartu 10 / 8*, in Tallinn 12 / 10*

5th of January 2018 at 18.00 in Teachers' House, Tallinn
6th of January 2018 at 18.00 in Sangaste castle
"Greeting the New Year"
PERFORMER: Estonian Cello Ensemble: Johanna Randvere, Theodor Sink, Johannes Välja, Villu Vihermäe, Marius Järvi and Andreas Lend
PROGRAM: The fireworks of classical music by six top cellist from the younger generation. They have been shining on our concert stages since their debut at Corelli Christmas festival two years ago. Evening in a cozy music salon offers the highlights of classical music in a thrilling soundscape of six cellos, also delights for your mind and palate.

Tickets: 15 / 12*

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