Friday, February 10 - 2017

8:00 pm Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
Tickets: $42 for Preferred Seating, $24, $15 Ages 30 & under, $10 Duke students for General Admission Seating. Tickets can be purchased online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in-person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.
The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir comes from a country where musical virtuosity is prized, part-singing has been an essential ingredient of education for centuries, and the choral tradition is closely linked to the sense of national identity. It is not surprising, then, that this outstanding twenty-five voice professional ensemble arose from a children’s choir. As adults, graduates of that choir formed what would become the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, winning several international competitions and growing in popularity along with the Estonian composer whose work they championed, Arvo Pärt.

These flawless singers, renowned for the shimmering quality of their sound, return to Duke Chapel following their triumphant sold-out 2013 performance. Their program features works by two of the greatest living choral composers: Pärt, whose luminous compositions look back to medieval and renaissance music, and Pärt’s countryman Veljo Tormis, who draws inspiration from Estonian folk songs. Rounding out the program are rarely-performed masterpieces by Tchaikovsky — Nine Sacred Pieces — and Sibelius — the folk-based Partsongs.


Arvo Pärt: Solfeggio, Nunc Dimittis, The Woman with the Alabaster Box, Dopo La Vittoria
Tchaikovsky: Selections from Nine Sacred Pieces: Nos. 3, 7, and 9
Veljo Tormis: Towerbell of my Village, Curse Upon Iron
Sibelius: Selections from 6 Partsongs, op. 18: Song of my Heart, Beloved, Fire on the Island

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$5 Event Parking will be available in the Bryan Center Parking Garage, located at 125 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708. Vehicles with ADA parking passes may park in the Bryan Center Surface Lot.

Location: Nave

Format: 2018