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Friday, February 3, 2017 8:00 PM // St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Estonian Philharmonic
Chamber Choir

When the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir landed in New York for its first North American tour in 1995 (including a stop in Ann Arbor for UMS’s very first concert at St. Francis), they were known only as the performers on the best-selling CD of fellow-Estonian Arvo Pärt’s austere Te Deum.

The concerts showed much more — a virtuosic ensemble that could dazzle in everything from Bach to folk songs. Coming from a country where musical virtuosity is prized and where the choral tradition is closely linked to a sense of national identity, the 25-voice ensemble returns with newly-named artistic director Kaspars Putniņš in a program called “The Unorthodox Tradition.” The New York Times described the group as “so wondrously talented…the selections and performances were so fine that they left you feeling like an ingrate, greedily hungry for more.”

Please note: Audience members are welcome to bring seat cushions.

PROGRAM

The Unorthodox Tradition

Alfred Schnittke Three Sacred Hymns
Tchaikovsky 9 Sacred Pieces (excerpts)
Rachmaninoff The Theotokos, Ever-Vigilant in Prayer
Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil (Vespers), Op. 37 (excerpts)
Schnittke Penitential Psalms (excerpts)
Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil (Vespers), Op. 37 (excerpts)
Georgy Sviridov Inexpressible Miracle
Rachmaninoff Liturgy of St John Chrysostum (excerpt)

Artist Website

http://www.epcc.ee/en/

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2/3/17 8:00 PM
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church

Estonian Philharmonic
Chamber Choir

DETAILS

When the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir landed in New York for its first North American tour in 1995 (including a stop in Ann Arbor for UMS’s very first concert at St. Francis), they were known only as the performers on the best-selling CD of fellow-Estonian Arvo Pärt’s austere Te Deum.

The concerts showed much more — a virtuosic ensemble that could dazzle in everything from Bach to folk songs. Coming from a country where musical virtuosity is prized and where the choral tradition is closely linked to a sense of national identity, the 25-voice ensemble returns with newly-named artistic director Kaspars Putniņš in a program called “The Unorthodox Tradition.” The New York Times described the group as “so wondrously talented…the selections and performances were so fine that they left you feeling like an ingrate, greedily hungry for more.”

Please note: Audience members are welcome to bring seat cushions.

Artist Website

http://www.epcc.ee/en/

PROGRAM (Fri 2/3/2017: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church)

The Unorthodox Tradition

Alfred Schnittke Three Sacred Hymns
Tchaikovsky 9 Sacred Pieces (excerpts)
Rachmaninoff The Theotokos, Ever-Vigilant in Prayer
Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil (Vespers), Op. 37 (excerpts)
Schnittke Penitential Psalms (excerpts)
Rachmaninoff All-Night Vigil (Vespers), Op. 37 (excerpts)
Georgy Sviridov Inexpressible Miracle
Rachmaninoff Liturgy of St John Chrysostum (excerpt)
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