“One of the main events of the Estonia 100 Grand Celebration Week offers up a genuine sing-along experience,” said Estonia 100 Major Events Head Margus Kasterpalu of the State Chancellery. “The repertoire for the Estonia 100 joint singing event, put together by maestro Tõnu Kaljuste, includes songs near and dear to us that all Estonians have the opportunity to sing together no matter where they may be,” added Kasterpalu.
According to the artistic head of the event Tõnu Kaljuste, it has been a great joy and privilege to collaborate on this with talented Estonian composers and artists. “As the words to all the songs are familiar to everyone, they can all just let the joy of singing reverberate. Rasmus Puur, Arno Tamm, Tõnu Kõrvits and many others surprise us with new arrangements,” added Kaljuste.
The lead singers who will take to the stage to lead the worldwide joint singing event are Jaan Tätte, Evelin Võigemast, Eeva Talsi, Lauri Õunapuu, Priit Võigemast, Maria Listra, Hele Kõrve, Jan Uuspõld, Mait Malmsten, Marta Laan, Liina Vahtrik, Riina Maidre, Jaan Pehk, Jarek Kasar, Tiit Kikas, Arno Tamm, Kihnu Virve, Andero Ermel, Kadri Voorand and Estonian Voices.
The set list for the Estonia 100 sing-along event can be viewed on the “Power of Song” lyrics sub-page of the Estonia 100 website here. Estonian Public Broadcasting on Estonian Television and Vikerraadio will be broadcasting live on August 19. This Estonia 100 music event as well as the following concert “The Buzz of the Century” are being organised by Nargenfestival. Information about the event and tickets for the event at the Tallinn Song Festival Grounds can be found here.
Gates open at the Song Festival Grounds at 5 p.m. The Estonia 100 Global Sing-Along event begins at 7 p.m. and ends at approximately 12:30 a.m.
During the country’s centenary, the re-independence of the Republic of Estonia will be celebrated with a Grand Celebration Week which will bring Estonians and their friends together at large joint events. The Estonia 100 week of summer celebrations kicks off on August 17 with the first Estonian Poetry Festival in Rakvere and comes to a close August 25 with the Night of Ancient Bonfires all across Estonia. All of the more than 200 Grand Celebration Week events can be found at ev100.ee/en.