Glasperlenspiel Festival 2022

07/07/2022 - 12/07/2022

Tartu St John's church

May 27, 2020
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It is music’s big secret that it demands our soul only, but wholly.
Hermann Hesse

From its birth, the Glasperlenspiel has been a festival that ties together the fine arts, music, literature. But also everything else that comes from them and thereby inspires us. The Glasperlenspiel has always attracted our attention and made us curious. In other words, it has made us human, kept us firmly on the ground with our heart and both feet. In his first speech, the President of the Republic of Estonia Alar Karis, a native of Tartu, also suggested: let us read, listen to and take in Estonian culture, it will broaden our horizons. In this way, the Glasperlenspiel has broadened our horizons, sharpened our perception of the world and the connection between different parts of the world and thus our influence on each other. The festival of 2022 also brings world culture to us – big names, big sounds, great lines and touches. Every day Tartu moves more and more towards being the European Capital of Culture 2024 and the Glasperlenspiel will certainly play an important role in opening and expanding cultural borders. And if good dreams come true, we can hope that this year the newest organ in Estonia, a unique baroque organ, will start playing in Tartu St John’s church. I cheer on this great act in my spirit and mind because it makes Tartu bigger and Estonia more beautiful. Or vice versa.
Good spirit to the sonorous tracks of the Glasperlenspiel!

Urmas Klaas
Mayor of Tartu

Sun, April 10th at 5 pm, Tallinn St Charles church (Kaarli kirik)
Marie Roos, Annely Leinberg, Anto Õnnis, Tõnis Kaumann, Alvar Tiisler, Collegium Musicale, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, conductor Andres Mustonen
Bach. St John Passion

Wed, April 14th at 7 pm, the Hall of Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre, Tallinn
JUBILATE (Kremer 75 + Kremerata 25 = 100)
Gidon Kremer (violin), Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė (cello), Kremerata Baltica
Schubert, Pärt, Šerkšnytė, Maskats

Festival Glasperlenspiel and Urmas Sõõruma present:
Tue, 24th, Wed 25th and Thu 26th April at 7 pm, Alexela Concert Hall, Tallinn
THE SOUND OF MUSIC (musical by Richard Rodgers)
Charlotte Wakefield, Tom Lister, Helen Hobson, Emma Kate Nelson, Julia Nagle, children ensemble conducted by Lydia Rahula, Concord Theatricals (London), West End International (London), Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, conductor Michael England


Thu, July 7th at 7 pm St John’s church
Vytaytas Kiminius (birbynė, Lithuania), Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, conductor Andres Mustonen, featuring Priit Aimla (trumpet)
Mendelssohn, Paisible, Bruch, Vähi (premiere in Estonia), Purcell
Live broadcasting by Klassikaraadio (Classic Radio)

• Fri, July 8th at 12.15 pm St John’s church (free entrance)
JUBILATE I: Hortus Musicus – 50
Opening the exhibition, presentation of double-CD Half a Century

• Fri, July 8th at 7 pm St John’s church
Wiener Kammersymphonie (Austria)
Mozart, Wagner, Reger, Korngold

Fri, July 8th at 10 pm St John’s church
Barrocade (Israeli Baroque Orchestra), Voces Tallinn, featuring Jaanika Kuusik (soprano) and Annely Leinberg (mezzo-soprano)
Vivaldi, Bach, Purcell

Fri, July 8th at 7 pm Viljandi Baptist church (in cooperation with Viljandi Early Music Festival)
Sat, July 9th at 7 pm St John’s church
Concilium musicum Wien (Austria)
Fux, Gluck, Haydn, Vivaldi, Hasse

Sat, July 9th at 10 pm St John’s church
Post Tenebras Flûtes (Switzerland), artistic director Maarika Järvi
Pärt, Schnyder, Vivaldi, Fauré, Mettraux (premiere), Sibelius

Sun, July 10th at 3 pm “Autovabaduse” (‘Car-free’) Avenue (in collaboration with the City of Tartu and Tiigi Seltsimaja, free entrance)
Wed, July 13th at 7 pm Põlva Culture Centre (in collaboration with Põlva Culture Centre)
JUBILATE II: KukerPillid – 50
Tüür, Grünberg, Aints, Kõrvits, Vähi, folk songs…

Sun, July 10th at 7 pm St John’s church
Tähe-Lee Liiv (piano),  Kremerata Baltica (artistic director Gidon Kremer)
Mozart, Say, Silvestrov, Plakidis, Shostakovich

Sun, July 10th at 10 pm St John’s church
Ensemble U:

Mon, July 11th at 7 pm St John’s church
AUREUM Saxophon Quartett (Austria)
Mozart, Beethoven, Mussorgsky, Corea, Piazzolla, trad.

Mon, July 11th at 10 pm St John’s church
Trio ’95
Randalu (world premiere), Henze, Brahms, Krigul

Tue, July 12th at 7 pm St John’s church
Estonian National Male Choir, conductor Mikk Üleoja
Gesualdo, Uusberg

Tue, July 12th at 10 pm St John’s church (in co-operation with the festival Orient)
Thu, July 14th at 7 pm Jämaja church, Saaremaa island (in co-operation with festival Orient)
Ensemble Iberi (Georgia)
Folk tunes and songs

Exhibitions: July 8th – August 14th, St John’s church

INSPIRED BY MUSIC – live-paintings by Liis Koger (paintings also available for sale)
The paintings of this exhibition will be auctioned directly after the concert of the Estonian National Male Choir approximately at 8.45 pm on July 12th.
From the previous collaboration between ERP and Liis Koger a collection of poems Eternity Shoes has been born.

HORTUS MUSICUS – 50 (In co-operation with the Estonian History Museum / the Museum of Theatre and Music)
This year marks 50 years since the founding of Hortus Musicus. Originally known as performers of early music, the ensemble has become a legend in the course of its own lifetime. As of today, they have crossed multiple boundaries – temporal, geographical, and in terms of genre. They are theatrical and vital upstream swimmers, who has risen from former high school and student group to the status of international superstars. The credo of Hortus Musicus is joyfulness, and a creative pride and purity that permeates the tone of everyday life. The beauty, kindness, love and courage that echoes in their music is the air that helps us survive and inspires us to rise above our daily burdens. Curator of the exhibition – Jaanika Juhanson, graphic design – Taavi Varm, costumes – Riina Vanhanen.

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, Reno Hekkonens – marketing director, PR
Johannes Vähi – co-producer, webmaster, sound engineering, logistics
Marje Hansar – social media

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Special thanks: Tartu City Government, Urmas Klaas, Ministry of Culture of Estonia, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Canon, Toyota, St John’s church, Juhani Jaeger, Triin Käpp, Jana Raud, Heino Eller Music College, Kadri Leivategija, Kaupo Kiis, Kristel Leppik, Anne-Liise Kiis, Eerika Mark, Maara Parhomenko, volunteers

Next Glasperlenspiel Festival: July 6th–11th, 2023: Glasperlenspiel Snfonietta, Kristiina Poska, Marcel Johannes Kits, Giunter Percussion, Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra, Kristjan Järvi and multiple other artists

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