Veljo Tormis Concert Archive

Updated on January 5, 2004

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Concerts/performances in 2003
Date of performance: December 6, 7 & 13, 2003.
Premiere or event: Winter Patterns in California USA
Performers: Peninsula Women's Chorus / Martin Benvenuto
Locations: Menlo Park & Santa Clara, CA. USA;
Veljo Tormis work on the programme: Winter Patterns (Talvemustrid).
Other composers works on the programme: see further details below.
Sponsors & tickets: Tickets can be purchased by calling either the Stanford Ticket Office at 650-725-2787 or at the door. Directions to venues at http://www.pwchorus.org/
Promotional Quotes: The Peninsula Women's Chorus showcases an array of musical languages in its Holiday 2003 concert series, "Winter Patterns". Led by Interim Music Director Martin Benvenuto and accompanied by pianist Josephine Gandolfi, the program features music in honor of the Virgin Mary, works by contemporary Baltic composers, and holiday music accompanied by organ and brass quartet. Highlights include:Talvemustrid by Veljo Tormis;, "Suite" de Lorca by Einojuhani Rautavaara, Magnificat Quarti Toni by Palestrina, Christmas Cantata by Daniel Pinkham, Christmas Intrada by David Conte, Fior Scoloriti by Zoltán Kodály, and a multi-lingual setting of Silent Night.
Date of performance: October 24 to November 9, 2003.
Premiere or event: EPCC North American Tour 2003
Performers: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Paul Hillier
Locations: Centennial Hall, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (Fri Oct. 24, 2003 at 20hr00); St. Mary's Catholic Church, 228 Jefferson St., Iowa City, Iowa (Sun Oct. 26, 2003 at 16hr00 [n.b. early start time]); Cullen Theatre, Wortham Theatre Centre, Houston, Texas (Tues Oct. 28, 2003 at 20hr00); Herbst Hall, San Francisco, California (Thurs Oct. 30, 2003 at 20hr00); Hanover (Tues Nov. 4, 2003); Wesley Chapel, Houghton, New York (Thurs Nov. 6, 2003 at 20hr00). Metropolitan United Church, Toronto, Canada (Friday Nov. 7, 2003 at 19hr30). Metropolitan United Church, Toronto, Canada (Sunday Nov. 9, 2003 at 19hr30)
Veljo Tormis work(s) on the programme: Kullervo's Message (n.b. all concerts may not have this Veljo Tormis work on the programme)
Other composers works on the programme:to be announced, programmes are likely to be based on the recent Harmonia Mundi CD Baltic Voices I and the forthcoming Harmonia Mundi CD The Power of Heaven
Sponsors & tickets: Tucson, Iowa City, Houston, San Francisco, Hanover, New York City, Houghton, Toronto, Canada
Review Quotes: search in progress
Date of performance: Sunday, October 12, 2003 at 17h00
Premiere or event: Mikrokosmos 2003/04 Season
Performers: Mikrokosmos Choeur de Chambre / Loïc Pierre
Location: Eglise Notre-Dame de Vierzon
Veljo Tormis works on the programme: Laulusild, Vastlad, Ussisõnad, Pulmalaul, Udarmoi ja Kalervoi.
Other composers works on the programme: Thierry Machuel/Antonella Bussanich:Le Livre de Sable pour choeur mixte et vidéo; Alice Parker/Robert Shaw:L'amour de moy; Jaakko Mäntyjärvi:Double, double, toil and trouble; Claude Debussy/Clytus Gottwald:Les Angélus; Loïc Pierre:Le galant indiscret; Steven Stucky:Lulajze, Jezuniu.
Sponsor & tickets: Tel.02 48 53 02 60
Promotional Quote: search in progress
Date of performance: Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at 17h00
Premiere or event: Concert at the World Music Days 2003
Performers: Carmina Slovenica Choir
Location: Cankarjev dom, Gallus Hall, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Veljo Tormis work on the programme: Raua needmine (Curse Upon Iron).
Other composers works on the programme: Lojze Lebic:Urok (Slovenia); Arne Mellnäs:Aglepta (Sweden); Mark Wingers:Magic Strings (USA); Adriana Holszky:Vampirabile (Romania); Judith Shatin:The Wendigo (USA); Stephen Hatfield:Tjak (Canada).
Sponsor & tickets: World Music Days 2003
Promotional Quote: search in progress
Date of performance: Saturday, September 27, 2003 at 20h30
Premiere or event: Mikrokosmos 2003/04 Season opening concert
Performers: Mikrokosmos Choeur de Chambre / Loïc Pierre
Location: Basilique de Cléry-Saint-André
Veljo Tormis works on the programme: Laulusild, Vastlad, Ussisõnad, Pulmalaul, Udarmoi ja Kalervoi.
Other composers works on the programme: Einojuhani Rautavaara:Excerpts from Vêpres de Vigilia; Randall Thompson:Alléluia; Alfred Schnittke:Psaume II du repentir; Zoltan Kodaly:Sirató ének; Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: Psaume 150 in Kent Treble Bob minor; Alice Parker/Robert Shaw:L'amour de moy; Jaakko Mäntyjärvi:Double, double, toil and trouble; Claude Debussy/Clytus Gottwald:Les Angélus; Loïc Pierre:Le galant indiscret; Steven Stucky:Lulajze, Jezuniu.
Sponsor & tickets: Tel.02 38 46 98 98
Promotional Quote: search in progress
Date of performance: Sunday, September 21, 2003.
Premiere or event: Festival Fest Der Kontinente, Berlin
Performers: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Tõnu Kaljuste
Location: Berlin, Germany
Veljo Tormis works on the programme: selections from Karelian Destiny; Litany To Thunder; selection from Livonian Heritage; selections from Vepsian Paths; selections from Votic Wedding Songs; selection from Three Estonian Game Songs; selections from Ingrian Evenings.
Sponsor & tickets: search in progress
Promotional Quote: search in progress
Date of performance: Saturday, September 6, 2003.
Premiere or event: Baltic Voices I at the Bremen Musikfestspiele
Performers: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Paul Hillier
Location: Bremen, Germany
Veljo Tormis work on the programme: Latvian Bourdon Songs
Other composers works on the programme: Cyrillus Kreek:Kolm Taaveli laulu; Arvo Pärt:...which was the son of...  ; Einojuhani Rautavaara:Suite de Lorca; Per Norgard:Winter Hymn.
Sponsor & tickets: search in progress
Promotional Quote: search in progress
Date of performance: Saturday, August 23, 2003 at 15:00 hrs.
Premiere or event: Baltic Sea Festival
Performers: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Tõnu Kaljuste
Location: Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, Sweden
Veljo Tormis works on the programme: selections from Karelian Destiny; Curse Upon Iron; selections from Vepsian Paths; Litany To Thunder; selections from Votic Wedding Songs; selections from Three Estonian Game Songs; selections from Ingrian Evenings.
Sponsor & tickets: Baltic Sea Festival Concert Tickets 50.-245. SEK
Review: Financial Times August 29, 2003 Veljo Tormis/Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir/Baltic Sea Festival by Larry L. Lash. Quote:"There's nothing quite as exhilarating as the slap in the face delivered by the belated discovery of genius: where has Veljo Tormis been all my life, and why hasn't someone alerted me to his existence? The first Baltic Sea Festival came into its own with the superb Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir's unforgettable all-Tormis concert at Stockholm's Berwaldhallen. Many who attended will never be quite the same. [...] this mystic, poetic music is more profoundly moving and powerful than words can suggest: it demands to be experienced."
Date of performance: July 11 to 18, 2003
Premiere or event: Tour in Mexico - Festival Mondial de Choeurs de Puebla
Performers: Mikrokosmos Choeur de Chambre / Loïc Pierre
Location: various
Veljo Tormis works on the programme: selections from Unustatud rahvad (Forgotten Peoples).
Other composers works on the tour: Franck Martin:Sanctus; Knut Nystedt:Peace, I leave with you; Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: Psaume 150 in Kent Treble Bob minor; Randall Thompson:Alléluia; Einojuhani Rautavaara:Excerpts from Vêpres de Vigilia; Alfred Schnittke:Psaume II du repentir; Vytautas Miskinis:O sacrum convivium; Einojuhani Rautavaara:Suite de Lorca; Steven Stucky:Cradle songs; Philippe Hersant:Allégories; Thierry Machuel: Le livre de Sable; Nocturne; Claude Debussy/Clytus Gottwald:Les Angélus; Jaakko Mäntyjärvi:Double, double, toil and trouble; Loïc Pierre:Chansons Populaires du Bas-Berry; Alice Parker/Robert Shaw:L'amour de moy.
Date of performance: Friday, July 4, 2003 at 20:30 hrs.
Premiere or event: Last concert in France prior to Mexican tour
Performers: Mikrokosmos Choeur de Chambre / Loïc Pierre
Location: Eglise de Saint-Palais
Veljo Tormis works on the programme: Laulusild, Vastlad, Ussisõnad, Pulmalaul, Udarmoi ja Kalervoi.
Other composers works on the programme: Einojuhani Rautavaara:Excerpts from Vêpres de Vigilia; Randall Thompson:Alléluia; Franck Martin:Sanctus; Zoltan Kodaly:Sirató ének; Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: Psaume 150 in Kent Treble Bob minor; Alice Parker/Robert Shaw:L'amour de moy; Jaakko Mäntyjärvi:Double, double, toil and trouble; Claude Debussy/Clytus Gottwald:Les Angélus; Loïc Pierre:Le galant indiscret; Steven Stucky:Lulajze, Jezuniu.
Sponsor & tickets: Tel: 02 48 66 01 33 (Mairie du lundi au samedi de 9h00 ænbsp; 12h00)
Date of performance: July 3, 10, 17, 22, 27 & 31, 2003.
Premiere or event: Santa Fe Desert Chorale summer season - Music for Women's Voices
Performers: Santa Fe Desert Chorale / Dennis Shrock
Location: Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
Veljo Tormis works on the programme: Lauliku lapsepõli (The Singer's Childhood).
Other composers works on the programme: see further information at the link below
Sponsor & tickets: http://www.desertchorale.org/
Date of performance: July 1, 9, 15, 20, 24 & 30, 2003.
Premiere or event: Santa Fe Desert Chorale summer season - Music for Men's Voices
Performers: Santa Fe Desert Chorale / Dennis Shrock
Location: Loretto Chapel, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA.
Veljo Tormis works on the programme: Piispa ja pakana (The Bishop and The Pagan).
Other composers works on the programme: see further information at the link below
Sponsor & tickets: http://www.desertchorale.org/
Date of performance: Sunday, June 22, 2003 at 15:00 hrs.
Premiere or event: l'occasion de l'année européenne des personnes handicapées
Performers: Mikrokosmos Choeur de Chambre / Loïc Pierre
Location: Eglise de Montipouret - Indre
Veljo Tormis works on the programme: Laulusild, Vastlad, Ussisõnad, Pulmalaul.
Other composers works on the programme: Einojuhani Rautavaara:Excerpts from Vêpres de Vigilia; Randall Thompson:Alléluia; Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: Psaume 150 in Kent Treble Bob minor; Zoltan Kodaly:Sirató ének; Philippe Hersant:Allégories; Alice Parker/Robert Shaw:L'amour de moy; Jaakko Mäntyjärvi:Double, double, toil and trouble; Claude Debussy/Clytus Gottwald:Les Angélus.
Sponsor & tickets: Tel: 02 54 31 09 36 (C.A.L.M.E.)
Date of performance: Friday June 6, 2003, Saturday June 7, 2003, & Sunday June 8, 2003 at 17:00 hrs.
Premiere or event: Estonian premieres of Veljo Tormis' Kullervo's Message
Performers: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Paul Hillier
Location: Simuna Church, Western Virumaa, Estonia (June 6), Vainupea Church, Western Virumaa, Estonia (June 7), Rootsi-Mihkli Church, Tallinn, Estonia (June 8).
Veljo Tormis work on the programme: Kullervo's Message (1994)
Other composer's works on the programme: Cyrillus Kreek:Religious Folksongs Part One (1916-1919); Rene Eespere:Festina Lente (1998); Toivo Tulev:Siis oled vaikusen mu ligi üksi Sina (2002);
Arvo Pärt:Two Slavic Psalms (1984); Cyrillus Kreek:Religious Folksongs Part Two (1916-1919).
Sponsor & tickets: Local area ticket sales.
Date of performance: Thursday May 29, 2003 at 19:00 hours and Friday May 30, 2003 at 19:00 hours.
Premiere or event: Veljo Tormis Overture No. 2 premiere in Japan
Performers: Jan-Erik Gustafsson:cello (Prokofiev) / Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra / Anu Tali
Location: Orchard Hall on May 29, 2003 and Suntory Hall on May 30, 2003
Veljo Tormis work on the programme: Overture No. 2 (Japanese Premiere)
Other composer's works on the programme: Heino Eller: Symphonic Poem "Dawn" (Japanese Premiere); Sergei Prokofiev: Cello Concerto No. 2; Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9.
Sponsor & tickets: Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Ticket prices range from 7,500æ#130;¥ to 2,000æ#130;¥
Date of performance: Sunday, May 18, 2003 at 17:30 hrs.
Premiere or event: Rencontres Musicales en Aquitaine
Performers: Mikrokosmos Choeur de Chambre / Loïc Pierre
Location: Eglise de Pessac - Gironde
Veljo Tormis works on the programme: Laulusild, Vastlad, Ussisõnad, Pulmalaul, Udarmoi ja Kalervoi.
Other composer's works on the programme: Einojuhani Rautavaara:Excerpts from Vêpres de Vigilia; Randall Thompson:Alléluia; Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: Psaume 150 in Kent Treble Bob minor; Zoltan Kodaly:Sirató ének; Philippe Hersant:Allégories; Alice Parker/Robert Shaw:L'amour de moy; Jaakko Mäntyjärvi:Double, double, toil and trouble; Claude Debussy/Clytus Gottwald:Les Angélus.
Sponsor & tickets: Tel: 05 56 45 89 14 (Rencontres Musicales en Aquitaine)
Date of performance: Saturday, May 17, 2003 at 20:45 hrs.
Premiere or event: Printemps Musical du Perche
Performers: Mikrokosmos Choeur de Chambre / Loïc Pierre
Location: Eglise de La Ferté Vidame - Eure-et-Loire
Veljo Tormis works on the programme: Laulusild, Vastlad, Ussisõnad, Pulmalaul, Udarmoi ja Kalervoi.
Other composer's works on the programme: Einojuhani Rautavaara:Excerpts from Vêpres de Vigilia; Randall Thompson:Alléluia; Jaakko Mäntyjärvi: Psaume 150 in Kent Treble Bob minor; Zoltan Kodaly:Sirató ének; Philippe Hersant:Allégories; Alice Parker/Robert Shaw:L'amour de moy; Jaakko Mäntyjärvi:Double, double, toil and trouble; Claude Debussy/Clytus Gottwald:Les Angélus.
Sponsor & tickets: Tel: 02 37 37 62 45 (Syndicat d'Initiative de La Ferté Vidame)
Date of performance: Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at 20:00 hrs.
Premiere or event: Nuit de la Voix de la Fondation d'entreprise France Télécom
Performers: Mikrokosmos Choeur de Chambre / Loïc Pierre
Location: Théâtre du Châtelet á Paris, France
Veljo Tormis works on the programme: Excerpts from Unustatud rahvad (Forgotten Peoples)
Other composers works on the programme: Einojuhani Rautavaara:Excerpts from Vêpres de Vigilia; Thierry Machuel:Nocturne; Randall Thompson:Alléluia; Zoltan Kodaly:Sirató ének; Jaakko Mäntyjärvi:Double, double, toil and trouble;
Sponsor & tickets: http://www.autisme.fr/ Fondation d'entreprise France Télécom
Date of performance: Sunday, March 23, 2003 at 16:00 hrs.
Premiere or event: Xemes Rencontres chorales départementales
Performers: Mikrokosmos Choeur de Chambre / Loïc Pierre
Location: Maison de la Culture de Bourges, France
Veljo Tormis works on the programme: Excerpts from Unustatud rahvad (Forgotten Peoples)
Other composers works on the programme: Einojuhani Rautavaara:Excerpts from Vêpres de Vigilia; Randall Thompson:Alléluia; Jaakko Mäntyjärvi:Psaume 150 in Kent Treble Bob minor; Double, double, toil and trouble; Thierry Machuel:Nocturne; Steven Stucky:Lulajze, Jezuniu; Loïc Pierre:2 Chansons Populairs de Bas-Berry.
Sponsor & tickets: Xemes Rencontres chorales départementales Tel: 02 48 65 40 29 (UDESMA 18)
Date of performance: Monday, March 17 at 21:00 hours and Tuesday, March 18, 2003.
Premiere or event: EPCC Concerts in Italy
Performers: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Tõnu Kaljuste
Location: Teatro Giacosa, Aosta (March 17) and Auditorium "Giovanni Agnelli", Via Nizza 280, Torino (March 18)
Veljo Tormis works on the programme:selected from Orjana Virossa, Pikse litaania, Sinikan laulu
Other composers works on the programme selected from: Pjotr Tchaikovsky: An Angel cried out; Sergei Rachmaninov: Vespers Op. 37 (Parts 6-15); Arvo Pärt: Dopo la vittoria; Gustav Mahler: Die zwei blauen Augen, Ich bin der Welt adhanden gekommen; Jean Sibelius: Rakastava Op. 14; Bela Bartók: A bodjosó; Bo Holten: Regn og Rusk og Rosenbusk.

Sponsor & tickets: I Concerti del Lingotto (for Torino) at telephone +39-011-664-0452. Ticket prices range from 11 Euro - 8 Euro.
Promotional Quote: "
Due aspetti fondamentali della cultura estone - la lingua ugro-finnica ed il cristianesimo occidentale - si rispecchiano fortemente nel repertorio del coro, che include sia l'antico folklore delle popolazioni ugro-finniche (per esempio nelle opere del compositore estone Veljo Tormis) che la musica religiosa di tutti i tempi."
Date of performance: Saturday March 15, 2003 at 19:00 hours Estonian Time.
Premiere or event: EPCC Tallinn, Estonia concert prior to tour to Italy.
Performers: Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Tõnu Kaljuste
Location: Tallinn Methodist Church, Tallinn, Estonia.
Veljo Tormis work on the programme: Sinikan laulu
Other composers works on the programme: Pjotr Tchaikovsky: An Angel cried out; Sergei Rachmaninov: Vespers Op. 37 (Parts 6-15); Gustav Mahler: Die zwei blauen Augen, Ich bin der Welt adhanden gekommen; Jean Sibelius: Rakastava Op. 14; Bela Bartók: A bodjosó; Bo Holten: Regn og Rusk og Rosenbusk.
Concerts/performances in 2002

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