Rapla Church Music Festival



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Country and Region EstoniaRaplamaa
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Rapla; Juuru; Velise; Käru; Hageri; and Vahastu, Raplamaa, Estonia
Festival Contact Information

Pille Lill Music Fund
Rävala Ave 16
Tallinn 10143, Estonia
Email: plmf(at)plmf.ee

Festival Description

The Festival which would have been banned during the Soviet occupation could start with its events in 1993 with the help of Finnish church musicians. The Festival aims to bring good music even to the smallest country churches in Estonia, focusing on high quality works of primarily sacred, but also of secular repertoire. The programs have included grand oratorios, performances of Estonian top-soloists, the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and a lot more.

In 1997 the concert cycle spread out of the Rapla Church of Mary Magdalene and is now held in several neighboring counties as well. Hand in hand with Estonian musicians the Festival has so far hosted guest artists from Great Britain, Russia, Scandinavia, Lithuania, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Japan and other countries. The festival major supporters are the Local Governments’ Development Fund of the Rapla County, the Estonian Ministry of Culture and the Cultural Endowment of Estonia. The founder and long time organizer of the festival was Raimo Kivistik. Since 2010 the artistic director is the renowned opera singer Pille Lill and the management was taken over by PLMF.

Festival Dates July 10 - 24, 2011
Festival Links

http://www.plmf.ee/rapla-church-music-festival_eng
http://www.plmf.ee/

Festival Events:

19th edition program 2011:
  • Sunday, July 10
    • 7:00pm (19.00) Juuru church
      JUURU PARISH DAYS’ FINAL CONCERT (in cooperation with the festival Juuru Organ Summer)
      Heli Veskus (soprano), Priit Volmer (basso), Kristel Aer (organ)
    • Programme: J. S. Bach, G. F. Händel, N. Bruhns
    • Free entrance
  • Thursday, July 14
    • 7:00pm (19.00) Rapla church
      C-JAM CELLO FEST FINAL CONCERT
      Cello Quartet C-Jam (Pärt Tarvas, Levi-Danel Mägila, Margus Uus, Andreas Lend)
      Estonian Youth Cello Orchestra
    • Programme: D. Popper, R. Wagner
  • Friday, July 15
    • 7:00pm (19.00) Velise Orthodox church
      Chamber Choir VOCES MUSICALES
      Conductor Risto Joost
    • Programme: A. Pärt, G. Palestrina
  • Saturday, July 16
    • 7:00pm (19.00) Käru church
      Inga Šlubovska (soprano, Latvia)
      ENSEMBLE LIVONIA (wind quintet, Latvia) — Miks Vilsons (flute), Elina Kuduma (oboe), Valdis Drulle (clarinet), Andris Ādamsons (horn), Intars Grīnbergs (bassoon)
    • Programme: J. S. Bach, G. F. Händel, W. A. Mozart
  • Sunday, July 17
    • 7:00pm (19.00) Rapla church
      TALLINN STRING QUARTET — Urmas Vulp, Olga Voronova, Toomas Nestor, Aare Tammesalu
      FEMALE AND MALE CHOIR OF THE ESTONIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
      Conductor Andrus Siimon, Henn Eerik (organ)
      Soloists: Gaili Grüning (soprano), Aule Urb (alto), Mikk Dede (tenor), Olari Viikholm (bass)
    • Programme: J. Haydn, A. Pärt, A. Dvořak Mass in D major for mixed choir
  • Thursday, July 21
    • 7:00pm (19.00) Hageri church
      SUMMER ACADEMY FINAL CONCERT
      Festival Chamber Orchestra
      Young conductors from different countries
    • Programme: E. Elgar Serenade for strings, W.A. Mozart Eine kleine Nachtmusik, O. Respighi Ancient Airs & Dances Suite III
  • Friday, July 22
    • 2:00pm-6:00pm (14.00-18.00) Rapla church and promenade
      CELEBRATIONS OF THE RAPLA PARISH DAY
      Enn Vetemaa 75, Organ Works performed by Hille Poroson
      Free entrance
  • Saturday, July 23
    • 7:00pm (19.00) Vahastu church
      “U P S I D E“ JOHANSON and brothers (Kärt Johanson, Mart Johanson, Ants Johanson, Jaak Johanson ja Krista Citra Joonas)
    • Programme: songs by the Johansons, folk songs and music on Estonian national instruments
  • Sunday, July 24
    • 7:00pm (19.00) Rapla church
      GALA CONCERT
      Pille Lill (soprano)
      Anna-Liisa Bezrodny (violin)
      Daniel Nodel (violin, Belarus-Germany)
      Festival Chamber Orchestra
      Conductor Jonathan Brett (UK)
    • Programme:
      A. Dvorak Serenade for Strings
      J. Haydn Violin Concerto No. 1 in C major
      J. S. Bach Double Violin Concerto in D Minor
      W.A. Mozart Motet in F for Soprano, “Exsultate, jubilate”

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Practical Info:

Tickets 2011:
  • Tickets on sale via Piletilevi http://www.piletilevi.ee/eng/tickets/festival/rapla_kirikumuusika_festival/?show=21867

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