|Glasperlenspiel Music Festival|
July 18th - 23rd, 2013, Tartu St John's Church
Artistic director - Peeter Vähi
Performers: Glasperlenpiel Sinfonietta, conductors Andres Mustonen and Darko Butorac (USA), flute-harpsichord duo Stéphane Réty (France) & Imbi Tarum, viola-player Avril Levitan (Israel), viola-piano duo Liisa & Kalle Randalu (Estonia / Germany), duo Kristjan Randalu & Vaiko Eplik, Nick Tsiavos Ensemble (Australia), violinist Anna-Liisa Bezrodny (Estonia / UK), pianists Hando Nahkur (Estonia / USA) and Lisa Smirnova (Russia / Ausatria), hang-duo Vladiswar Nadishana & David Kuckhermann (Germany), bass-clarinetist Meelis Vind, Petr Wagner Trio (Czech Republic), etc
Premières by Helena Tulve and Ardo Ran Varres
It has become a tradition that a world-premier will open the festival. Currently Toivo Tulev is composing a rather extensive Symphony that will be performed along other works in Tartu St John's Church on July 19th, 2012.
While writing those lines, the festival program is not a 100 % confirmed yet, however, most of it is complete. The year 2012 will feature the European Union Baroque Orchestra, Tallinn Sinfonietta, harpsichordist Lars Ulrik Mortensen (Denmark), violinist Anna-Liisa Bezrodny, a Greek Sacred Music Ensemble, Raschèr Saxophone Quartet (USA / Germany), string quartet Prezioso, ensemble Musica Antiqua Russica, duo Liisa & Kalle Randalu, flautist Massimo Marcelli (Italy), conductors Mikhail Leontyev (Russia), Andres Mustonen, Konstantia Gourzi (Greece / Germany) and many others.
It is only natural that festivals take after their Artistic Directors, thus each Glasperlenspiel presents one work by Peeter Vähi: this year the turn has come to his flute concerto Chant of the Celestial Lake, which has gathered international accolades through the performances by the Järvi-dynasty (Neeme, Kristjan, Maarika).
In addition to the concerts, the festival club presents different events.
Partly, the festival time coincides with that of the Hanseatic Days, a case that by today is intentional from both sides. The Hanseatic Days add a touch of colour and lightheartedness into the festival atmosphere and vice versa - The Glasperlenspiel forms the more classical side of the Mediaeval Carnival.
More accurate information can be obtained from the festival website www.klaasparlimang.com, the final confirmed program will be announced in February 2012.
Tickets are available through Piletilevi from May 2nd and one hour before the concert in the venue.