Concerts

ESTONIAN MUSIC DAYS

April 3, 2020 at 7 pm — Estonia Concert Hall

Following the instructions of the Government of the Republic of Estonia, ENSO’s concerts until May 1st, 2020 are cancelled. Further information will be available shortly and will be published on the ENSO website.


3rd concert of the RESONANCE series

Mariliis Valkonen (b 1981)
“Acceptance, Mediation” for two oboes and singing bowls (2019, premiere)

Kristjan Kõrver (b 1976)
“Sic!” for orchetra (2020, premiere)

Malle Maltis (b 1977)
“Night Frost” for orchestra and electronics (2020, premiere)

Eino Tamberg (1930–2010)
“Touching” for mezzo soprano and orchestra (1990)
soloist Tuuri Dede

Lepo Sumera (1950–2000)
“How Long Will Your Homeland Be in Dark ” for mixed choir (1985)

Evelin Seppar (b 1986)
“Home” for chamber choir and orchestra (2020, premiere)

Alisson Kruusmaa (b 1992)
“All õhtutaeva” for chamber choir and orchestra (2020, premiere)

TUURI DEDE mezzo-soprano
HELI ERNITS oboe
INGELY LAIV-JÄRVI oboe
TAMMO SUMERA electronics
Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor KASPAR MÄND


It’s the peak of Estonian Music Days in the concert hall of Estonia. It’s the meeting point of old and new, traditional and innovative, voices and instruments, solists, electronics, choir and orchestra. Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and soloists with conductor Kaspar Mänd perform chamber opus of Mariliis Valkonen, ouverture piece of Kristjan Kõrver, a composition by Malle Maltis that connects symphonic orchestra with electronics, musical pieces for chamber choir and symphonic orchestra by Evelin Seppar and Alisson Kruusmaa, a choir song written to patriotic texts of Juhan Liiv by Lepo Sumera and an emotional piece “Touching” that Eino Tamberg wrote to the texts of our poetess Doris Kareva.

The 2020 Estonian Music Days Festival focuses on BEAUTY.

For the artist, beauty is a mythical source of creation, as well as the supreme task of what is created. An unattainable target … But everything can always be made more beautiful. Shaping beauty always makes us look for something new.

But what is it that we are looking for? What does beauty speak of?

Beauty is diffusive and opaque, like the morning fog. There is chaos in beauty. There is numerical order in beauty.

The festival begins with a praise, with worshipping. 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 … We will worship the physical beauty of nature and creation, the spiritual beauty of creating, and the beauty of relationships and attitudes. The strictly beautiful and logical presence of chamber orchestra musicians: five chairs of first violin, four chairs of the second violin, three altos, two cellos, one double bass.

There is emptiness in beauty. An empty stage is a beautiful stage. ‘Zero’ is a concert of electronic sounds.

Beauty is individual. ‘One’ is a concert by one author.

Beauty is a dialogue. ‘Two’ is a concert for soulmates. For the piano and the zither.

Gatherings are beautiful. ‘Three’, ‘Four’, ‘Five’, ‘Six’, ‘Seven’ – these are ensemble concerts. From home and as guests.

Beauty is infinite – a sideways figure eight. The BEAUTY Festival will symbolically end with infinity: the symphony orchestra, the choir, electronics …

Beauty is a source of arguments. Who understands what is beauty? Who knows its secrets? The aesthetic perception of an artist or the disputes of scientists?

Beauty is richness (in sounds), beauty is tenuity, the beautiful patience of composing, the virtue and lust of beauty, wisdom and a simple mind, passion, coolness.

The eyes of the beholder are the most beautiful eyes.

The artistic directions of the Estonian Music Days Festival
Helena Tulve
Timo Steiner

TICKETS: €25/€18


RESONANCE concert series

I: MYTHOS. Erkki-Sven Tüür 60, October 4, 2019
Vincent Cortvrint piccolo flute, ENSO, conductor OLARI ELTS

II: AFEKT INTERNATIONAL MODERN MUSIC FESTIVAL, 1.11.2019
Kristi Mühling kannel – Estonian zither, Vambola Krigul percussion, ENSO, conductor CLEMENT POWER

III: ESTONIAN MUSIC DAYS, 3.04.2020
Tuuri Dede mezzo-soprano, EPCC, ENSO, conductor KASPAR MÄND

IV: STEVE REICH, 17.04.2020
ENSO, conductor OLARI ELTS