Opening Concert. Sacred Space





Niguliste Church
(Niguliste 3)



Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Estonian National Male Choir
Prezioso String Quartet
Conductors Kaspars Putniņš and Mikk Üleoja


Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes (b. 1977)
“I Will Cross This Road” for chamber choir, male choir and string quartet (2018, premiere)
Maria Kõrvits (b. 1987)
“I Am Calling for You” for male choir (2018, premiere)
Riho Esko Maimets (b. 1988)
“Three Prayers from the Holy Rosary” for mixed choir (2016/2018, version premiere)
Kristo Matson (b. 1980)
“Celeste” for string quartet (2018, premiere)
Gerta Raidma (b. 1995, Young Composer 2017)
“je suis” / “I am” for chamber choir (2018, premiere)
Kristjan Randalu (b. 1978)
“Three Songs of Sacrifice Stone“ for male choir (2018, premiere)

St. Nicholas’ museum/concert hall serves without a doubt as sacred space for music and music and art lovers, although there has not been an inaugurated altar nor an active congregation for decades. The divine acoustic between the arches of St. Nicholas’ Church and priceless pieces of sacred art completely do the trick: beside the initial fragment of Danse Macabre by Bernt Notke, the retable of the high altar in St. Nicholas’ Church is one of the grandest and best-preserved northern German altars from the Late Middle Ages. It is no coincidence that ECM has recorded a decent amount of music by Arvo Pärt at St.Nicholas’. It is exceptional to have Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Estonian
National Male Choir perform together and premiere so many pieces by Estonian composers in this sacred space, incomparable to any other venue. They will be accompanied by Prezioso String Quartet and conducted by Kaspars Putniņš and Mikk Üleoja, both incredibly well tuned to new music. Kristjan Randalu and Maria Kõrvits composed for male choir, Gerta Raidma’s piece for chamber choir won first prize at the competition Young Composer 2018, Kristo Matson wrote for string quartet and all the collectives join in for Tatjana Kozlova-Johannes’ new composition.

In collaboration with Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and Eesti Kontsert