Veljo Tormis Future Concerts and Performances

Updated on April 10, 2004

Information on the concert performances of works by Veljo Tormis is more easily obtainable via the internet than ever before as many arts organization advertise their seasons and even sell tickets via the internet. If you have the time and inclination to do searches of your local concert organization etc. I will be more than happy to make additional entries. If you have any useful information, contributions or comments you would like to make, you can contact me via e-mail at: alan.teder@sympatico.ca
Where possible, the links below will take you to the promoting/sponsoring arts organization who will have further information on the performance date, location, ticket prices and availability. These will not always be in english, but please look carefully and there may be an english version available by clicking a language choice.

Concerts/performances in 2004
Date of performance: USA > January 10, 11 and 12, 2004
Premiere or event: Oregon Symphony premiere - Winter in Scandia
Performers: Benedetto Lupo (piano - Grieg Concerto) / Oregon Symphony / Eri Klas (Guest Conductor)
Location: Arlene Schnizter Concert Hall, 1037 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon, USA
Veljo Tormis work on the programme: Overture No. 2
Other composers' works on the programme: Jean Sibelius:Finlandia; Edvard Grieg:Piano Concerto (with Benedetto Lupo - piano soloist); Jean Sibelius:Symphony No. 5.

Sponsor & tickets: Oregon Symphony 2003-04 Concert Season, tickets from $17.00
Promotional Quote: research in progress.
Date of performance: USA > January 16 and 17, 2004
Premiere or event: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra premiere
Performers: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra / Paavo Järvi
Location: Music Hall, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Veljo Tormis work on the programme: Overture No. 2
Other composers' works on the programme: Max Bruch:Violin Concerto No.1 (with Hilary Hahn, violin); Anton Bruckner:Symphony No. 3, 1889 version.
Sponsor & tickets: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 2003-04 Concert Season
Promotional Quote: search in progress
Date of performance: CANADA > Thursday, January 29, 2004
Premiere or event: Time Heals (2004 Winnipeg New Music Festival)
Performers: Winnipeg Singers with W. Andrew Schloss: shaman drum
Veljo Tormis work on the programme: Raua needmine (Curse Upon Iron)
Other composers' works on the programme: see further details at the Winnipeg CBC site
Sponsor & tickets: Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra
Promotional Quote: "The unique voice of the Estonian composer Veljo Tormis closes the first half, taking us back to a more primitive time, as the Winnipeg Singers are pushed forward by a shaman drum through the chanting of his Curse Upon Iron." + this concert will be a radio and internet broadcast on CBC Radio Two on the program Two New Hours on Sunday, February 22, 2004. See further details on the Radio Broadcasts page.

Date of performance: BELGIUM > January 31, 2004 at 20:00 hours
Premiere or event: Jaanilaulud in Gent, Belgium
Performers: Goeyvaerts Consort / Marc Michael De Smet
Location:
Chapel of the Bijlokeconcerthall, Bijlokekaai, Gent, Belgium
Veljo Tormis work on the programme: Jaanilaulud
Other composers on the programme: Henryk Gorecki, Annelies Van Parijs, R. Murray Schafer, Hugo Distler.
Reservations & Information: Goeyvaerts Consort, Onderbossenaarstraat 12, 9680 Etikhove (Belgium), www.goeyvaerts-consort.be, tel + 32 55 30.40.26, fax +32.55.30.40.36

Promotional Quote: "Een koorconcert van nieuwe muziek dat de eeuwigste elementen van ons bestaan belicht, een prachtige paradox." Please also see further information here (Note: Nederlandse version only)
Date of performance: USA > Saturday, March 6, 2004 at 8pm in Leesburg, VA., Sunday, March 7, 2004 at 4pm in Alexandria, VA., & Saturday, March 13, 2004 at 8pm in Purcellville, VA. USA.
Premiere or event: Forgotten Peoples in Virginia, USA
Performers: Master Singers of Virginia / Erik Reid Jones
Locations: St. James Episcopal Church, Leesburg, VA. (March 6, 2004), Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA. (March 7, 2004) and St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Purcellville, VA. (March 13, 2004);
Veljo Tormis works on the programme: Livonian Heritage and Ingrian Evenings.
Other composers works on the programme: Urmas Sisask:Benedictio; Samuel Barber:Reincarnations; Erik Reid Jones:Three Meditations on Snow; Three Spirituals. 
Sponsors & tickets: See links and details at the Master Singers of Virginia page here. Adults $12/Students&Seniors $9. 
Other information: The 8pm concerts (Leesburg & Purcellville) are preceded by a pre-concert lecture at 7:15pm; The 4pm concert (Alexandria) is preceded by a pre-concert lecture at 3:15pm.
Promotional Quote:
"The highlight of this season comes as we perform two works from Estonian composer Veljo Tormis's collection, Forgotten Peoples... Urmas Sisask is a young Estonian composer whose Benedictio is as astounding as it is complex... Samuel Barber's Reincarnations are possibly his three greatest choral works... Our director Erik Reid Jones premieres a new work, Three Meditations on Snow... We end with a performance of three marvelous spirituals."
Date of performance: USA > Thursday March 11, 2004 at 12 noon
Premiere or event: Music a la Carte at Oregon State University at Corvallis
Performers: Oregon State University Chamber Choir / Steven M. Zielke
Location: Oregon State University Memorial Union Lounge, Corvallis, Oregon, USA.
Veljo Tormis work on the programme:  Raua needmine (Curse Upon Iron)
Other composers' works on the programme: see below
Sponsor & tickets: Oregon State University Music Department/ASOSU, free admission, for information please call 737-4061. Some further information also available here at the Corvallis Gazette-Times. (note: link may not be active after March 12, 2004)
Promotional Quote: "The choir will perform a diverse program, including an experimental choral number by Estonian composer Veljo Tormis, entitled, "Raua needmine" (Curse of Iron). The piece utilizes chanting, screaming, drums, soloists and chord clusters. The choir will also perform Moses Hogan's arrangement of the traditional spiritual, "Hold On." Other numbers on the program are "Vine hulpe di la munte," a Romanian folk song by Adrian Pop; "Crucifixus," by Antonio Lotti; "Magnificat," by Arvo Pärt; and "Soldier, Won't You Marry Me," by Paul Halley."
Date of performance: USA > March 12, 2004 at 8 P.M. and March 14, 2004 at 4 P.M.
Premiere or event: Northern Fire and Ice - Little-known gems from Canada to the Baltic Sea
Performers: New Amsterdam Singers / Clara Longstreth
Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lexington Avenue at 88th Street, New York City, NY, USA.
Veljo Tormis works on the programme: Early Summer's Fairy Tale (from Two Songs after Ernst Enno)
Other composers' works on the programme: See details at the New Amsterdam Singers concert schedule page.
Sponsor & tickets: New Amsterdam Singers, Tickets: $20; Seniors: $15; Students: $10.
Promotional Quote: "Don't miss this lively mix of mid-century sacred works, lovely folk melodies from Russia, Estonia and Scandinavia."
Date of performance: CANADA > March 13, 2004 at 8 P.M. and March 14, 2004 at 3 P.M.
Premiere or event: Swedish Spring with guest conductor Robert Sund
Performers: Chor Leoni / Robert Sund
Location: March 13, 2004 at Ryerson United Church, 2195 W45th Ave., Vancouver, Canada. March 14, 2004 at West Vancouver United Church, 2061 Esquimalt Ave., West Vancouver, Canada.
Veljo Tormis work on the programme: Laulja (The Singer)
Other composers' works on the programme: Vettik, Idenstam, Nystedt, and a selection of international folksongs. See further details at Choralnet.org
Sponsor & tickets: Chor Leoni tickets from choir members or at the door or via Ticketmaster Canada. Tickets: $22; Seniors/Students: $18.
Promotional Quote:
"Robert Sund (a giant in the international choral world and conductor of the renowned Swedish male choir, Orphei Drängar) leads Canada's own Chor Leoni in a wide-ranging exploration of the music of Scandinavia - with a few side trips along the way! Works by Vettik, Tormis, Idenstam, and Nystedt share the program with an international selection of folksongs arranged by Robert Sund."
Date of performance: NETHERLANDS > Saturday, March 20, 2004 at 16:00 hours and Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 15:00 hours
Premiere or event: Mate Saule (Moedertje Zon) / Choir Music of Eastern Europe
Performers: Tegenlicht Kamerkoor / Paul de Boer
Location: Oranjekerk, van Ostadestraat 151 (
hoek 2e van der Helststraat), Amsterdam, Netherlands (March 20, 2004) and H. Antonius van Paduakerk, Kerklaan 24, Kortenhoef, Netherlands (March 21, 2004)
Veljo Tormis work on the programme: Sügismaastikud (Autumn Landscapes)
Other composers on the programme: Anton Dvorák, Leos Janácek, Peteris Vasks, Felikso Bajoro, György Kurtág, Zoltán Kodály, Sergei Rachmaninov.
Information & Tickets: Doors open at 15:45 hours for the March 20 concert and at 14:45 hours for the March 21 concert; Ticket prices are 7 Euro.

Promotional Quote: "Het concert 2004 'Mate Saule' (Moedertje Zon) is een programma met koormuziek uit Oost-Europa. De belangstelling voor Oost-Europese muziek is altijd groot geweest binnen Tegenlicht, wat ook blijkt uit eerdere programma's. In dit programma o.a. zeven liederen van Tormis (Estland): miniatuurtjes die een herfstig landschap verklanken. Van Rachmaninov (Rusland) het indrukwekkende 'concert voor koor', gebaseerd op tekst en melodie van middeleeuwse Russisch-Orthodoxe kerkmuziek. Ook zullen enkele gedichten worden voorgedragen." 
Date of performance: ESTONIA > Friday, April 30, 2004 at 19:00 hours
Premiere or event: Concert to commemorate Estonia's new membership in the European Union
Performers: Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (Munich) / Thomas Dausgaard
Location: Estonia Concert Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
Veljo Tormis work on the programme: Overture No. 2
Other composers' works on the programme: Richard Strauss: Symphonic Poem Don Juan; Symphonic Poem Til Eulenspiegel; Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major op.73.

Sponsors & tickets: The Government of Estonia, The German Foreign Ministry, The Goethe Institute, The Delegation of the European Commission in Estonia, The Danish Embassy, Mercedes Benz. Tickets via the Estonian Concert Organization "Eesti Kontsert" at www.concert.ee; Prices: 300./200./100/ EEK
Other Information: This concert will very likely be broadcast live via air and internet audiostream by Estonian Classical Radio. As the date approaches, information will be posted on the Veljo Tormis Radio, Internet and Television Broadcast page.
Date of performance: FRANCE > Saturday, May 1, 2004 at 20:30 hours
Premiere or event: O Crux (1st concert of the Festival "Blois en voix (2ème)")
Performers: Mikrokosmos Choeur de Chambre / Loïc Pierre with special guest Laurent Korcia, violin.
Location: Cathédrale de Blois (Blois Cathedral), Blois, France
Veljo Tormis work on the programme:
Selection from 2 Songs after Ernst Enno: Murmures silencieux insistent...Kuulmata kuskil kumiseb kodu... / Soundless Somewhere Murmurings Homeward... (pour choeur mixte/for mixed choir);
Other works on the programme: Works by Eric Whitacre, Eugène Ysaye, Nicolas Bacri, Maurice Ravel/Clytus Gottwald, Pascal Dusapin, Alain Labarsouque, Sergei Rachmaninov.
Sponsor & tickets: tba, some information is possibly available at telephone: 02 48 75 38 16 or by fax: 02 48 52 66 03 see the listing also here and watch for further information at the Mikrokosmos website.
Promotional Quote: search in progress.
Eesti Vabariigi Valitsus ja Kultuuriministeerium, Saksamaa Välisministeerium, Goethe Instituut, Euroopa Komisjoni delegatsioon Eestis, Taani Suursaatkond, Mercedes-Benz
Date of performance: FRANCE > Sunday, May 2, 2004 at 16:00 hours (Note: there is a 3rd Festival concert at on May 2, 2004 at 18:00 hours with a non-Veljo Tormis programme)
Premiere or event: Veljo Tormis feature concert (Hommage à Veljo Tormis) (2nd concert of the Festival "Blois en voix (2ème)")
Performers: Mikrokosmos Choeur de Chambre / Loïc Pierre with special guests Mati Turi, tenor; Allan Vurma, bass; Francois Castang, narrator; Jean-Baptiste Couturier: percussion.
Location: Eglise Saint-Nicolas de Blois (The Church of St. Nicholas of Blois), Blois, France
Veljo Tormis works on the programme: L'enfance du chantre/Lauliku lapsepõli/The Singer's Childhood
(pour choeur de femmes/for female choir); Litanie du tonnerre/Pikse litaania/Litany of Thunder (pour choeur d'hommes et percussions/for male choir and percussion); Undarmoi et Kalervoi/Undarmoi ja Kalervoi/Undarmoi and Kalervoi (pour choeur mixte/for mixed choir); Selections from Votic Wedding Songs: Flagellation rituelle de la future mariée / Mõrsja vihtlemine / The Ritual Whisking of the Bride, Arrivée des invités à la noce / Pulmaliste saabumine / Arrival of the Wedding Guests, Railleries / Pilkelaulmine / Mockery Singing (pour choeur mixte/for mixed choir); Selection from 2 Songs after Ernst Enno: Murmures silencieux insistent...Kuulmata kuskil kumiseb kodu... / Soundless Somewhere Murmurings Homeward... (pour choeur mixte/for mixed choir); Incantation du fer / Raua needmine / Curse Upon Iron (pour choeur mixte avec basse et ténor solo et percussion/for mixed choir and bass and tenor solo and percussion).
Sponsor & tickets: tba, some information is possibly available at telephone: 02 48 75 38 16 or by fax: 02 48 52 66 03 see the listing also here and watch for further information at the Mikrokosmos website.
Promotional Information: On the same day at 11h30 at the Ecole Nationale de Musique (ENM) de Blois (National Music School Building in Blois), there is a reception where the public can meet with the performers and with the composer (Veljo Tormis is expected to attend).
Date of performance: USA > Saturday, May 22, 2004 at 8pm in Cambridge, MA, USA.
Premiere or event: Music for a May evening - Songs of Love and Nature
Performers: Musica Sacra / Mary Beekman
Locations: Old Cambridge Baptist Church, 1115 Massachusetts Avenue (near Harvard Square), Cambridge, MA, USA.
Veljo Tormis works on the programme: Ingrian Evenings.
Other composers works on the programme: see details in the promotional quote below
Sponsors & tickets: See links and details at the Musica Sacra page here. General admission: $25
Other information: This is the 4th benefit concert by Musica Sacra for organizations that serve the homeless. All proceeds will be donated to Cambridge-area homeless philanthropies Spare Change, OCBC Emergency Shelter and Bread and Jams.
Promotional Quote:
"Musica Sacra invites you to join us as we welcome lilacs in bloom, gentle breezes wafting, and evening's golden sunlight with Music for a May Evening. This concert of choral music is centered around three delightful cycles celebrating love and nature: Johannes Brahms's Liebeslieder Walzer op.52, Benjamin Britten's Flower Songs and a rare performance of Estonian minimalist composer Veljo Tormis's Ingrian Evenings. American music from Broadway and the jazz era will round out the evening. Other works in this program include Kirke Mechem's "The shepherd and his love"; Dave Brubeck's "Take five"; and Cole Porter's "I've got you under my skin" and "I wanna be loved by you."
Date of performance: ESTONIA > July, 2004
Premiere or event: Tour to Estonia and to the 2004 Estonian Song Festival
Performers: Mikrokosmos Choeur de Chambre / Loïc Pierre
Location: tba
Veljo Tormis works on the programme: To be announced.
Sponsor & tickets: tba
Promotional Quote:search in progress
Date of performance: ESTONIA > July 2 to July 4, 2004
Premiere or event: 2004 Estonian Song Festival
Performers: Male Choirs and Young Male Choirs (on Meestelaulud) and Mixed Choirs (on 13 lüürilist laulu) / Conductors to be announced
Location: Song Festival Grounds, Tallinn, Estonia
Veljo Tormis works on the programme (note on the July 4, 2004 Concert II programme only at 13:00 hrs): selections from Meestelaulud (Songs of Men) and selections from 13 lüürilist laulu (13 Estonian Lyrical Songs)
Sponsor and tickets: 2004 Estonian Song Festival (One Concert ticket @ 190 EEK, Two Concert ticket @ 270 EEK)
Promotional Quote: search in progress

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