It is music’s big secret that it demands our soul only, but wholly.
During the festival’s first years in Tartu it could easily be said that Glasperlenspiel opened and closed the city’s summer season. So fragile and careful was the cultural life in Tartu those days that the only escape for its inhabitants was to find whichever other place to enjoy the hottest time of the year. Today, it can be said that Tartu is the hottest location in Estonian culture life and regardless of the season at that. It is ever harder to find a vacant week in Tartu’s calendar for domesticating yet another exciting festival. It still happens, though, as Tartu is a cool place and can accommodate most good ideas.
14 summers in Tartu – within those years the Glasperlenspiel has established itself as a phenomenon of special place and sound having its own aura and high expectations by the audience. It is a living proof that the festival enjoys great success both with the citizens and guests of Tartu alike.
The Glasperelenspiel has a unique face of its own among classical music festivals bringing up positive emotions from the earliest layers of music while initiating contacts and sourcing inspiration from any century or era, blending and intertwining it with our contemporary sounds and colours, literature and art – all that while demanding our soul only. And putting it all through a shaker the result can only be an exulted and spiritually enhanced audience. I have said before and will repeat here again that the Glasperlenspiel builds a kind of musical kingdom in Tartu which on the one hand hides away from the daily urban bustle between the church walls, but one the other hand opens up to the whole wide world and its grateful listeners. The world’s top musicians, orchestras and conductors find their way here and plenty are those that wish to be subjects of that musical kingdom.
Tartu is a city rich in culture: as City of Literature and the European Culture Capital 2024 it is proud to host top events of the world culture. With every passing year, contacts and friends from every corner of the Globe become more important for Tartu. On our path to the European Culture Capital it is encouraging to rely on the renowned festival with strong tradition and hope that the Glasperlenspiel sounds will enrich Tartu for many a year to come. It is my firm belief that during the year of Culture Capital, the Glasperlenspiel will extend into all corners of South Estonia in the the city’s framework of collaboration agreements.
Hereby, I am honored to congratulate Estonian Record Productions on their 20th anniversary and wish them good sounds and rich colours! Stay well and have a great festival in Tartu!
Mayor of Tartu
• Wed, July 7th at 8 pm Põlva Culture Centre, South-Estonia (in co-operation with Põlva Culture Centre and Orient Festival)
Hindol Deb (sitār, India) & Florian Schiertz (tablā, India), Peeter Vähi (tānpurā, comments)
Hindustani classical evening rāgas Gaud Sarang, Purvi, Kedar and Gawati, Bengali folk tune Antare Bairagir Lau Baje
• Thu, July 8th at 7 pm St John’s church
KREMER & KREMERATA
• Fri, July 9th at 7 pm St John’s church
A SURVIVOR FROM WARSAW
• Fri, July 9th at 10 pm St John’s church
LATE NIGHT RĀGA
• Sat, July 10th at 7 pm St John’s church
ROUND TRIP ROME-VENICE
• Sat, July 10th at 10 pm St John’s church
• Sun, July 11th at 3 pm Autovabaduse puiestee (‘Car-free Boulevard’)
RHYTHM TRAVELS WITH AHVEN
• Sun, July 11th at 10 pm St John’s church
RECTORS I / WINGED BEINGS
• Mon, July 12th at 7 pm St John’s church
RECTORS II / TO THE NORTH …
• Mon, July 12th at 10 pm St John’s church
MASS OF MARY
• Tue, July 13th at 7 pm St John’s church
Art exhibitions : July 8th–31st St John’s church, Tartu
UNIVERSE OF THE MASTER
Paintings by Nicolas Roerich (reproductions) – in co-operation with the International Center of the Roerichs and Estonian Roerich Society
GLASS BEAD REMIX – live-paintings by Tarrvi Laamann
Tarrvi Laamann (born 1973 in Tallinn) is an Estonia artist mainly known for his pieces of graphics art (Woodcut & Moku hanga), displaying a hippyish love for the world and desire for freedom. Laamann’s style is characterised by bold and heavy lines and an generous approach influenced by the reggae culture.
Peeter Vähi – artistic director
Taavet – artistic adviser
Tiina Jokinen – executive director
Kadri Kiis – producer, accountant
Kaidi Ugandi – manager of Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta
Meeta Morozov – musicologist, editor of festival booklet
Olavi Sööt – co-producer, video, logistics
Mart Kivisild – design
Tarmo Tuvike – marketing director, PR
Johannes Vähi – co-producer, webmaster, sound engineering, logistics
Marje Hansar – social media
Special thanks: Tartu City Government, Urmas Klaas, Ministry of Culture of Estonia, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Toyota, Tartu St John’s church, Juhani Jaeger, Triin Käpp, Jana Raud, Eduard Kramp, Jelena Aleksandrova, Tartu Heino Eller Music College, Kadri Leivategija, Kaupo Kiis, Kristel Leppik, Maara Parhomenko, volunteers
Due to travel restrictions caused by a coronavirus pandemic, the organizers reserve the right to make changes to the festival programme.
Next festival: July 7th–12th, 2022