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Estonian National Male Choir

27 Mar 2018Tue
7.30pm
7.30pm
1hr 40mins (including a 20min intermission)
Esplanade Concert Hall
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The Grammy Award-winning Estonian National Male Choir makes its Singapore debut at the Esplanade Concert Hall, presenting choral works from the 19th century to the present! The choir will be performing pieces by Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Sergei Rachmaninov, Henrik Ødegaard, Galina Grigoryeva, Giovanni Bonato and Veljo Tormis. Founded in 1944 by legendary composer and leader of the Estonian choral movement, Gustav Emesaks, the choir has since grown to become the largest full-time professional male choir in the world. Over its 60 years of existence, they have given more than 6000 concerts all over Estonia, in many cities of former Soviet Union, as well as Western European countries, Israel, Canada, the US and China.

In 2004, the choir won the Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for their recording of Sibelius’ cantatas. A year later, their recording of Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt was voted the Orchestral Album of the Year in BBC Music Magazine.

Jointly presented by Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay and Eesti Kontsert. This performance in Singapore is part of Estonia 100.

Mikk Üleoja (Conductor)
Theodor Sink (Violoncello)

Programme

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Felix Mendelssohn- Bartholdy “Vespergesang” op 121 for male choir and violoncello, Op 121
Sergei Rachmaninov Selection from “Vsenoshchnoye bdeniye“ (All-Night Vigil) for male choir, Op 37
Henrik Ødegaard “Arise, my love” for male choir
Galina Grigoryeva “Molitva” for male choir and violoncello
II
Giovanni Bonato “Crux fidelis” for male choir
Veljo Tormis “Bishop and the Pagan” for soloists and male choir
Giovanni Bonato “Signum magnum” for violoncello and male choir

Mikk Üleoja
Mikk Üleoja is the chief conductor and artistic director of the Estonian National Male Choir. He has been the principal conductor of Pärnu chamber choir Mattone (1994–1996) and St. Michael's Boys' Choir (2003–2005). Since 2003, Üleoja has also been the conductor of the concert choir of Tallinn St. Charles Congregation. Üleoja has taught conducting in Viljandi Culture Academy (2004–2005) and been a long-time choir master of the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (1998–2011).

Üleoja has been awarded the Golden Medal of Armenian Ministry of Culture for supporting and popularisation Armenian culture (2016) and the Annual Prize of the Estonian Cultural Endowment for Music (2007).

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