Glasperlenspiel Festival 2023
November 10, 2022
Sabre Dance. Khachaturian-Trio
January 13, 2020

MAIN PROGRAMME IN TARTU, JULY 4th–9th

Festival passes and tickets available at Piletilevi

● Thu, July 4th at 7 pm St John’s church
ENTRÉE FESTIVE
Hans Christian Aavik (violin), Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, concertmaster Arvo Leibur, assistant conductor Henri Christofer Aavik, Maestro Neeme Järvi
Haydn, “Turkish” Mozart, Boccherini

● Fri, July 5th 12 pm St John’s church
NOON MUSIC HOUR – Recordings versus live (free entrance)
Micro-concert, Arvo Pärt & Tähe-Lee Liiv, Johann Sebastian Bach & Andres Mustonen, Tallinn String Quartet, signature hour, surprises, gifts

● Fri, July 5th 7 pm St John’s church
MAESTRO’S PIROUETTES
Gidon Kremer (violin), Stathis Karapanos (flute, conductor, Greece), Kremerata Baltica
Vivaldi, Beethoven, Schubert, Bacewicz, Gubaidulina

● Fri, July 5th 10 pm St John’s church
OUT OF THE SHADOWS
Ben Vonberg-Clark (tenor, UK), Jonathan Eyers (baritone, UK), Nigel Foster (piano, UK)
Hugill

● Sat, July 6th 7 pm St John’s church
BAROQUE MEETS THE MIDDLE EAST
Avventura Barocca (Switzerland), Maya Amir (mezzo-soprano, Israel), featuring Andres Mustonen
Strozzi, Monteverdi, anonymous, Sartori, traditional, Lully, Itri, Ali Ufkî Bey, Wahab, Corelli

● Sat, July 6th 10 pm St John’s church
Vox Clamantis, conductor Jaan-Eik Tulve
BIRTH OF JOHN THE BAPTIST
Gregorian chant, Tournai mass, Guillaume de Machaut

● Sun, July 7th 3 am “Autovabaduse” (Car-free) boulevard (free entrance, in cooperation with European Culture Capital 2024)
FROM SETOLAND
Ethno group Zetod

● Sun, July 7th at 5 pm Viljandi Baptist church (in cooperation with Viljandi Early Music Festival)
BAROQUE MEETS THE MIDDLE EAST
Avventura Barocca (Switzerland), Maya Amir (mezzo-soprano, Israel), featuring Andres Mustonen
Strozzi, Monteverdi, anonymous, Sartori, traditional, Lully, Itri, Ali Ufkî Bey, Wahab, Corelli

● Sun, July 7th 10 pm St John’s church
FROM SPAIN AND PRUSSIA WITH LOVE
String quartet Quatuor Akilone (France)
Boccherini, Mozart, Haydn, Juan Crisóstomo de Arriaga

● Mon, July 8th 7 pm St John’s church
ESTONIAN SOIL AND ESTONIAN HEART
Estonian National Male Choir, Rein Rannap (piano), conductor Mikk Üleoja
Rannap

● Mon, July 8th 10 pm St John’s church
CASTILLO INTERIOR
The New Baltic Sound Quartet (Lithuania / Latvia)
Pärt, Vasks, Beethoven-Vähi, Narvilaitė (premiere), Miliūnaitė

● Tue, July 9th 7 pm
MUSICAL CHESS
Dovilė Kazonaitė (soprano), Robertas Beinaris (oboe, conductor), Ramunė Grakauskaitė (violin), Inga Kuizinaitė (violin), chamber orchestra Musica Humana (Lithuania)
Vivaldi, Mozart, Grieg, Sibelius, Copland, Piazzolla, Čiurlionis


It has already become a tradition that so-called live-painting takes place at the concerts of the Glasperlenspiel concerts, and during the festival week, the initial blank white canvases and papers are transformed into works of art, forming an exhibition that will decorate the church walls until the end of July. Later, those who wish will be able to acquire the paintings. In previous years, the painters have been Liis Koger, Tarrvi Laamann, Mirjam Hinn…

This time, the performers and the opuses they present will be captured on the canvas by the precise brushstrokes of Anna Litvinova. The exhibition is entitled “Maalides Muusikat” (“Painting Music”).

 

 


Next events:

Glasperlenspiel presents:
Fri, August 30th, 2024 at 7 pm, Jämaja church, Saaremaa island, Estonia
BACH
Andres Mustonen (violin) & Imbi Tarum (harpsichord)

Glasperlenspiel presents:
● Sun, September 8th, 2024 at 6 pm St. Nicolaus church (Niguliste kirik), Tallinn
OLEV AINOMÄE – 70
Performers: Olev Ainomäe (oboe, English horn, historical woodwinds) and friends: Andres Mustonen, Annemari Ainomäe, Johanna Marie Kork,
Angelica Robert, Taavo Remmel. Lembit Orgse
Program: Vivald, Marcello, Vähi, Eespere, Tamverk (premiere), Kaumann (premiere)

Next Glasperlenspiel Music Festival
● July 10th-15th, 2025, Tartu
Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Wiener Kammersymphonie, Kremerata Baltica, Trio Aavik-Piirsalu-Aavik, James D. Hicks (organ, USA)
Premieres by Elis Hallik, Märt-Matis Lill, Peeter Vähi


Past event:

● Sun, March 24th at 5 pm in Kaarli kirik (St Charles’ Church)
PALM SUNDAY CONCERT: Bach − ST. JOHN PASSION
Elina Nechayeva (soprano), Iris Oja (mezzo-soprano), Anto Õnnis (Evangelist, tenor), Tõnis Kaumann (Peter, Pontius Pilatus, baritone), Alvar Tiisler (bass), 300-member All-Estonian Choral Choir, Collegium Musicale, choral master Endrik Üksvärav, Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta, concertmaster Arvo Leibur, Piret Aidulo (organ), Peeter Vähi (synthesizer), conductor Andres Mustonen
Bach composed his St John passion during his second year in Leipzig, in 1724. As the freshly appointed cantor of the St Thomas church and therefore also the music director for the four churches of Leipzig, Bach probably felt the need to prove himself in this new situation. After all, he was far from first choice for the position − one official of the city council even remarked that, in lieu of the best man, they would have to make do with a mediocrity. With the St. John passion, Bach was surely able to surpass these doubts, as the piece was the most extensive he had written so far.
Bach repeatedly returned to the piece, revising it three times: in 1725, 1732 and 1749. This clearly shows how much value Bach placed on the work. Nowadays, the original work of 1724 is the most often performed version.

Bach. St John Passion, fragment; Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta and conductor Andres Mustonen; 3 min 35 sec, mp3, 320 Kbps


Organizers:
Peeter Vähi – artistic director
Tiina Jokinen – executive director
Kadri Kiis – producer, accountant
Kaidi Ugandi – manager of Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta
Meeta Vardja – musicologist, editor of festival booklet
Olavi Sööt – co-producer, video, logistics
Reno Hekkonens – marketing director, PR
Johannes Vähi – co-producer, webmaster, AI prompting, sound engineering, logistics
Marje Hansar – social media

Special thanks: Tartu City Government, Urmas Klaas, Triin Käpp, Jana Raud, Ministry of Culture of Estonia, Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Canon and Overall, Toyota, St John’s church, Kaupo Kiis, Kristel Leppik, Anne-Liise Kiis, volunteers

                  

               Eesti Kultuurkapital

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