Pärnu, one of the most famous Estonian seaside resorts on the shores of the Baltic Sea offers to its springtime and summer guests aside from seaside pleasures also a multitude of cultural entertainment. The Pärnu International Choir Festival, held every other year, is one of them. Initiated in 1996 by Pärnu's best known choir – the Mihkel Lüdig Male Choir – the Festival is open to various amateur choirs. Its Artistic Director is Ave Sopp, a conductor of Pärnu Chamber Choir. Over the years, grand vocal symphonic works beginning with L.v Beethoven’s Symphony No.9 up to a new oratory „Eesti lauliku lugu“ by an Estonian composer and conductor Jüri-Ruut Kangur have been offered on the opening nights. Choirs from many countries have participated, our closest neighbours from Latvia, Lithuania, Byelorussia, Slovakia to start with, but also from Taiwan and South Africa, the participants always numbering up to at least a thousand.
THURSDAY, 20th May at 8 pm in Pärnu Concert Hall
Opening concert of the festival:
FRIDAY, 21st May
concerts in town and county
SATURDAY, 22nd May in Pärnu Concert Hall
Folksong contest for choirs
|Registration for the choir festival on the home page|
www.prkf.ee until 1 December 2009.
The program of the contest, with the length of songs and music
in 5 copies, should be submitted by 1 April 2010, at the latest.