Location: Turku Cathedral
Time: 24th November 7pm
In summer 2017 the composer Urmas Sisask created the oratorio Dom, which is dedicated to Turku Cathedral and is scheduled to be premiered in November 2018. To perform this result of intensive work of four months, several choirs, soloists and both organs of the cathedral are needed; also the church bells will be used. Choirs and musicians from the congregation of Turku Cathedral as well as elsewhere in the city of Turku will participate in the premiere.
The oratorio will be produced in a close cooperation between culture forces of Estonia and Finland. The composer of the work telling us about the history of Turku Cathedral, the cradle and holder of Finnish culture, is one of the best-known living Estonian composers Urmas Sisask. The libretto was written by Harri Raitis, a Turku author who has created novels, plays, essays and opera librettos. The musical performance will be taken care by the heavy artillery of the Turku music circles. The first performance will be conducted by Anu Åberg, who is responsible for the mixed choirs, handbells and the integrity of the whole work. Juha Järvinen will take care of the male choir and the strings section, Heikki Rainio is in charge of the boys’ choir and Markku Hietaharju is looking after the organs and organists.
The oratorio is produced by Varsinais-Suomen Viro-keskus ry, the largest non-profit association uniting Estophiles and local Estonians in Finland. The society has over 500 members, of whom more than 200 are Estonians. The organisation is devoted to developing cultural relations between Finland and Estonia, and is also operating as the honorary consulate for Estonia. The premiere of the oratorio Dom is happening thanks to the joint efforts of Turku Conservatoire, and the congregations of Turku and Tallinn St Mary’s Cathedrals.
The event is dedicated to the centenary of the Republic of Estonia.
„Eesti Vabariik 100 väliseesti kultuuriühingute projektikonkurss” supports the project.