The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) starts a tour on November 16, to give concerts in Finland, South Korea and Hong Kong. The rich repertoire taken to the tour includes world classics as well as Estonian music, which will be performed together with outstanding Asian orchestras, the Korean Chamber Orchestra and Hong Kong Sinfonietta. The concerts will be conducted by the chief conductor of the EPCC, Kaspars Putniņš.
The tour kicks off with the concert in Siuntio, Finland, where the choir attends Lux Musicae Festival, which celebrates currently its 20th anniversary. The choir performs at Siuntio Church, offering a cappella programme of Johannes Brahms’ motet „Warum ist das Licht gegeben?“, Arvo Pärt’s „Sieben Magnificat-Antiphonen“ and Alfred Schnittke’s Choir Concerto.
In Seoul, the aim of the presenter, the agency The Bridge, was to introduce the output of Arvo Pärt, performed by the EPCC. The concert will be held on Nov 19, at Seoul Arts Center together with the Korean Chamber Orchestra, which is the country’s leading chamber orchestra. The programme includes Pärt’s a cappella pieces as well as music for choir and orchestra – „Fratres“ and „Te Deum“, the latter will have Korean premiere.
In Hong Kong, the EPCC cooperates with Hong Kong Sinfonietta, the flagship of orchestras of this region. The programme chosen together with HK Sinfonietta will be performed on November 30, at HK City Hall, and will feature Arvo Pärt’s „Fratres“ and „Adam’s Lament“ (Hong Kong premiere), Veljo Tormis’s „Curse Upon Iron“ and Mozart’s Requiem. The soloist cast includes Estonian singers – soprano Maria Valdmaa, alto Marianne Pärna, tenor Raul Mikson and basses Uku Joller and Olari Viikholm.