October 10, 2015 at 7 pm — Vanemuise kontserdimaja
October 11, 2015 at 7 pm — Estonia kontserdisaal

Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847). Violin Concerto in E minor, Op 64 (1844)

Peeter Vähi (1955). Oratorio In the Mystical Land of Kaydara (premiere)

Dan Zhu (violin)
Tanel Padar (narrator)
Mati Turi (tenor)
Rauno Elp (baritone)
Priit Volmer (bass)
Estonian National Male Choir
Girls Choir Ellerhein (Tallinn Centre for Extracurricular Activities Kullo)
Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Mihhail Gerts 

The national epic of the Fula people, who live in West Africa, is called “In the Mystical Land of Kaydara”. Three friends enter the world of shadows ruled by Kaydara-the-invisible, the god of knowledge and gold. Peeter Vähi had the idea for composing this oratorio on the “African Road” expedition, which in 2012 and 2013 travelled through 24 African countries. The Fulani language and African rhythms add colour to the piece. The percussion section of the symphony orchestra is complemented by instruments the composer brought with him from his trips to Africa, and the video shown during the performance was filmed during the expedition.

The project is supported by Tiit Pruuli.

Tickets in Tartu: 15 € / 12 €
Tickets in Tallinn: 22 € / 16 €
Concerts are organized by Eesti Kontsert