First playlists revealed!

Everyday starting from today, we will publish 2 theme blocks with the list of recordings information here on our webpage. 

In the first 2 sections, there are recordings by these musicians: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Estonian Radio Mixed Choir, Estonian National Male Choir, ETV Children’s Choir, Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Ivo Kuusk and Valdur Roots, Lilian Semper, Musica Intima, Nordic Symphony Orchestra, Tartu Boy’s Choir, Tormis Quartet.

World Youth Choir 1992

We have borrowed more than 200 CDd and LPs with Veljo Tormis’s music from libraries, and there are some really interesting findings! For instance, here you can see World Youth Choir’s CD from year 1992 where opera singer Annely Peebo sings the solo in ‘Virmalised’/’Northern Lights’, conductor is Tõnu Kaljuste. This is also the CD from which ‘Raua needmine’/’Curse Upon Iron’ took a leap to the world and has now become one of the most performed pieces by Veljo Tormis.

If you want to witness this recording with your own ear, come on 7 August to Tartu Song Celebration grounds! The day starts already at 5:18 am and ends in darkness.

You can make the event happen by supporting us on Hooandja:

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Children songs

To celebrate the anniversary of Veljo Tormis, his music recordings will be played on 7 August at Tartu Song Celebration grounds. The day will be divided into theme blocks among which there is also children songs written by Tormis. These pieces in this section will be performed by Ellerhein Girls Choir, Lasteekraani Muusikastuudio Children’s Choir, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and others.

🎧 In the video, you hear an exerpt of a song ‘Vares, vaga linnukene’ / ‘The Crow is the Prankster’ sung by Lasteekraani Muusikastuudio Lastekoor, cond Aarne Saluveer (CD ‘Tõsi ta on’).

The more specific timetable will be published on homepage in the beginning of August!

Küllike Joosing

How does 16 hours of music find its way to the Song Celebration Grounds? The piece-choosing-team is working along with Summer, and the music will be divided in theme blocks.

E.g., the Game block is almost finised – all children and those used to be children are very welcome to join in the morning! Children can also listen to more familiar sounds of birds and nature. Check Facebook for English subtitles.

Liisa Hõbepappel

16 hours of Veljo Tormis music – how does choosing the music look like? Team member Liisa Hõbepappel speaks shortly about it in the video! Visit Facebook to see the English subtitles!

Five Tartu museums are collecting ribbons dedicated to Veljo…

What would you like to express to Veljo Tormis or his music?

Five museums in Tartu are collecting ribbons that people dedicate to Veljo Tormis.

1. Find textile ribbons from home.
2. Think good thoughts while choosing.
3. Bring them until 6 August to one of the 5 museums.
4. Choir singers will tie them to the Song Celebration Grounds on 6 August to cover the area with good thoughts and mark the safe seating distances!

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