CHRISTMAS MUSIC FESTIVAL „CHURCH HOLIDAYS IN ST MARY'S LAND“
25 November – 29 December 2011
Christmas festival offers wonderful musical experiences for the whole month of Christmas expectation, from the First Sunday of Advent in late November until the last days of the year.
In 2010, Corelli Music extended its well-known concert series “Church Holidays in St Mary's Land” to a Christmas music festival, which spans the entire period of Christmas expectation, from the First Sunday of Advent in late November until the last days of the year. Through the contemporary musicians, the festival brings the colour and mood of distant times to modern people – just as the old masters could have heard this music in their lifetime in churches and castles. In addition to top-class musical experience, the festival also offers aesthetic and historic values. Both professional musicians and young musicians, just getting started on their musical career path, and boys' choirs perform in the concerts.
On 25 and 27 November, the concerts of beginning Christmas expectation, the First Sunday of Advent, will open the festival and introduce organ, the king of musical instruments. Opening concerts of the festival “Advent Time with New Organs” will introduce wonderful new organs in Estonian churches. Andres Uibo will make a beautiful selection of organ music on the new organs of St Elizabeth's Lutheran Church in Pärnu and United Methodist Church in Tallinn, which only recently received a new organ. The concert also features countertenor Ka Bo Chan and violinist Mail Sildos. The following Advent concerts, which take place on 17–18 December, will bring holiday spirit to manors and Toompea music longe where the young singers' ensemble Chillin will offer spectacular Christmas programme with exciting sounds. In cosy candle light, one can enjoy settings of well-known Christmas songs, sung with the youthful spunk. The year will end with the concerts of traditional brilliant large scale works that have fascinated audiences for years. On 28 and 29 December, the festival closing concerts “The Christmas Story with Boys' Choirs” will bring Schütz's festive Christmas works “Magnificat” and “Weihnachtshistorie” to churches in Tartu and Tallinn by affectionate musicians: St Michael's and Kalev's boys' choirs, Corelli Baroque Orchestra on period instruments, soloists and the young conductor Martin Sildos.
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