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Urmas Sisask: oratorio „Dom“ at Turku, Finland

Urmas Sisask: oratorio „Dom“ at Turku, Finland

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.

 

In 2018, Estonia celebrates its 100th birthday

Estonia wishes to share its birthday with you in Estonia and abroad. The programme includes best parts of Estonian culture, IT, science and enterprises.

Celebrations will kick off in April 2017 to mark a century since Estonia’s administrative borders took their current form, will continue throughout 2018 and 2019, and come to a grand close on the 2nd February 2020 when the 100th anniversary of the Tartu Peace Treaty will be honoured.

This is a celebration we can all take part in and it is up to us to make it memorable.

Estonia will be also holding the presidency of the EU Council in the second half of 2017. Approximately 20 high-level meetings, visits, conferences and 200+ other presidency-related events will take place in Estonia during this period.