Troy Chromatics Concerts Presents Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra

TROY, NEW YORK     Troy Chromatics Concert continues its 122nd season with one of the best known choirs in the world!

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir & Tallinn Chamber Orchestra

Tõnu Kaljuste, founding conductor

Sunday, November 11, 2018, 3 PM,  Troy Savings Bank Music Hall    Tickets: $55, $45

“so wondrously talented a group of singers… The selections and the performances were so fine that they left you feeling like an ingrate, greedily hungry for more.” The New York Times

The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir (EPCC) is one of the best-known choirs in the world. The EPCC was founded by Tõnu Kaljuste in 1981, and he was their artistic director and chief conductor for twenty years. The repertoire of the choir extends from Gregorian chant and baroque to the music of the 21th century, with a special focus on the work of Estonian composers (Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Galina Grigoryeva, Toivo Tulev, Tõnu Kõrvits, Helena Tulve). Each season the choir gives about 60–70 concerts in Estonia and abroad.

The EPCC has performed with a number of outstanding conductors and orchestras and has been a welcome guest at numerous music festivals and outstanding venues all over the world, such as the BBC Proms, Mozartwoche, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Moscow Easter Festival, and Lincoln Center. The choir’s recordings have resulted in many award-winning CDs. EPCC albums have twice won GRAMMY-Awards for Best Choral Performance: in 2007 for the album Arvo Pärt: Da Pacem (conductor Paul Hillier, Harmonia Mundi) and in 2014 for Arvo Pärt: Adam’s Lament (conductor Tõnu Kaljuste, ECM). All in all, the choir has 14 Grammy nominations with the works by Arvo Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür and the music of Nordic countries.

The Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, also founded by Tõnu Kaljuste, are frequent collaborators with the EPCC. They’ve recorded several albums of Arvo Pärt’s music, including Te Deum (1993) and Litany (1996, with the Hilliard Ensemble). In 2013, orchestra was awarded the Estonian Music Council Prize. That same year, they were also awarded a Grammy Award for best choral performance for their participation on the recording Arvo Pärt: Adam’s Lament.

Program (subject to change):

J.S.Bach                Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of the Fugue), BWV 1080   (Contrapunctus I, IV, IX)

                               Brich dem Hungriden dein Brot (Break Bread with the Hungry) BWV 39 for solo soprano, alto, bass, mixed chorus (SATB), orchestra (2 recorders, 2 oboes,  strings, continuo)

Pärt                       Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten for string orchestra & bell (1977/1980)

Salve Regina for mixed choir, celesta and string orchestra (2001/2011)

Adam’s Lament for mixed choir and string orchestra (2009)

Troy Chromatics 122nd Season continues with the following concerts, all performed at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall:

Zukerman Trio 

Pinchas Zukerman, violin

Amanda Forsyth, cello

Angela Cheng, piano

Saturday, February 2, 2019, 7:30 pm   Tickets: $35, $25

Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Bernstein Centennial Celebration Tour

John Mauceri, conductor

Isabel Leonard, mezzo-soprano

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 7:30 pm    Tickets: $55, $45

Janoska Ensemble          

Thursday, April 11, 2019, 7:30 pm    Tickets: $35, $25

Tickets are available to all these performances now, via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at www.troymusichall.org.  The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office is located at 30 Second Street in downtown Troy, and is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  More information on the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and upcoming programs is available on the website at www.troymusichall.org.

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