“The concert tour ‘Journey’ is special, as it celebrates the centenary of the Republic of Estonia by breathing life in the form of music for wind instruments into train stations, both those in use and those long forgotten,” said Maarja-Liisa Soe, Head of the Estonia 100 Programme of the Government Office. “Two professional wind instrument quintets will take the stage in unexpected places, performing new pieces created for the centenary of the Republic of Estonia.”
“It is quite natural that only Estonian music is included in the programme on the jubilee year,” says Heli Ernits, member of the wind instrument quintet Estica. “The idea for the concert tour started from the realisation that there is a staggering amount of wonderful pieces in Estonian music written for wind instrument quintets, which can be shared with a wider audience,” Ernits adds.
Marie Jaksmann, member of the Association of Estonian Professional Musicians and a representative of the Vanemuise Kvintett, says that such a concert has not taken place in Estonia for a long time, if ever. “This is a celebration of classical music for wind instruments, which binds together the past, present, and future of Estonia.”
Both at the opening concert on 4 July and the final concert of “Journey” taking place at Valga train station on 8 July, new pieces by Pärt Uusberg, Liina Sumera, and Liisa Hirsch, specifically written for the wind instrument quintets Estica and Vanemuise Kvintett and for the centenary of the Republic of Estonia, will be performed. In addition to musicians, performers of the concerts at Tallinn-Väike depot and Valga train station include choreographer Krista Köster and dancer Silver Soorsk.
On 5–7 July, the quintets will perform separate concerts in Haapsalu, Risti, Vaivara, Kadrina, Karuse, Rapla, Türi, Elva, Viljandi, Tartu, Keila, and Tapa.
Tickets for the concerts at the Tallinn-Väike depot and Valga train station are available on Piletilevi sales network; other concerts are free for listeners. The schedule of “Journey” is available here.
2018 marks the passing of 100 years since the creation of the Republic of Estonia. More information about the jubilee events is available at https://www.ev100.ee/en.