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ES­TO­NIA Fe­bru­ary 3-11, 10th Tallinn Win­ter Fes­ti­val, Tallinn

The Fes­ti­val is tak­ing place in co­op­er­a­tion with Tallinn’s City Cen­ter Gov­ern­ment with the aim to cre­ate an at­trac­tive and ac­tiv­i­ty­based en­vi­ron­ment for the peo­ple of Tallinn and for guests. NGO Val­gusklubi’s (Light Club) light in­stal­la­tions with mu­sic will bring some bright­ness and light into the dark month of Fe­bru­ary. Out­door cafes will be open, con­cert broad­casts will be shown on the outer wall of Town Hall, video map­ping, light in­stal­la­tions and con­certs of mu­sic school stu­dents on the dome stage will be avail­able to see, etc. In the con­text of the fes­ti­val, the au­di­ence can ex­pe­ri­ence un­for­get­table con­certs by many won­der­ful guest per­form­ers from abroad, along­side dis­tin­guished Es­to­nian mu­si­cians – V. Veldi, S. Kuul­mann-martin, A. Lend, M. Kari, K. Kriit, A. Teemets, A. Bo­gatš, A. Karp, N. Ots, I. Zah­harenkova, R. Taal, M. Martin, T. Tenno, K. Fialová from Czech and L. Po­gore­lich from Croa­tia. The con­certs of the fes­ti­val will take place in Tallinn’s Town Hall, Hop­ner House, the hall of Tallinn Phil­har­mon­ics (House of the Brother­hood of Black­heads), Charles’ Church and Swedish St. Michael’s Church. Please visit the fes­ti­val’s of­fi­cial web­site www.plmf.ee for full in­for­ma­tion and pro­gram.

Fe­bru­ary 6-10, Rak­vere High School Film Fes­ti­val, Rak­vere

The largest fes­ti­val or­ga­nized by young­sters for young­sters in Es­to­nia brings tal­ented and hard-work­ing film en­thu­si­asts to Rak­vere High School each Fe­bru­ary. The films are judged by a pro­fes­sional jury, con­sist­ing of well­known Es­to­nian cin­e­matog­ra­phers, di­rec­tors, ac­tors, and screen­writ­ers. The fes­ti­val takes place in Rak­vere, the fi­nal event tak­ing place on Fe­bru­ary 10 in Rak­vere High School. For films, pro­gram, and more, please visit the fes­ti­val’s of­fi­cial web­site: www.filmifes­ti­val.eu

Fe­bru­ary 10- March 12, Win­ter Jazz 2017, all over Es­to­nia

The win­ter con­cert sea­son of Jaz­zkaar – Win­ter Jazz brings joy to the lis­ten­ers from 10th Fe­bru­ary to 12th March, 2017 with 14 con­certs in Tallinn, Vil­jandi, Tartu, Otepää and Haap­salu. The sea­son will start on 10th of Fe­bru­ary at The­atre NO99 Jazz Club with the siz­zling jazz group Equally Stupid (Fin­land-ice­land-switzer­land). The trio’s en­er­getic live per­for­mance has been praised by crit­ics, and of­fers a melodic cre­ation spiced with rich rhythm pat­terns which will cap­ti­vate the au­di­ence. Win­ter Jazz tick­ets can be pur­chased on­line at www.piletilevi. ee, and ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion on artists, lo­ca­tions and pro­gram is avail­able at the of­fi­cial home­page of Jaz­zkaar www.jaz­zkaar.ee

Fe­bru­ary 10, Prokofiev’s Fifth, Con­cert by Hervé Joulain & Sym­phony Or­ches­tra of the Es­to­nian Acad­emy of Mu­sic and The­atre, Es­to­nia Con­cert Hall, Tallinn

Dur­ing al­most 20 years as a prin­ci­pal horn soloist in the Ra­dio France Phil­har­monic Or­ches­tra and the French Na­tional Or­ches­tra, Hervé Joulain has also been ac­tive as a cham­ber mu­si­cian and soloist, and is one of the found­ing mem­bers of the Paris Bastille Wind En­sem­ble. Stage part­ners for Hervé Joulain in­clude: prom­i­nent in­stru­men­tal­ists and con­duc­tors, in ad­di­tion to some of the best or­ches­tras in the world. His discog­ra­phy en­com­passes about 20 records. This con­cert is part of the an­nual col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­ject be­tween ENSO and the Sym­phony Or­ches­tra of the Es­to­nian Acad­emy of Mu­sic and The­atre, where the stage is shared side-by­side by pro­fes­sion­als, and the most promis­ing stu­dents. The roots of this tra­di­tion go back to the 1930’s. Sergei Prokofiev’s Fifth Sym­phony is one of the com­poser’s most im­por­tant works that was writ­ten dur­ing World War II. Con­duc­tor and com­poser Serge Kous­se­vitzky said of Prokofiev’s Fifth Sym­phony, “This is the great­est mu­si­cal event in many years, the great­est com­po­si­tion since Brahms and Tchaikovsky.” The per­for­mance will be con­ducted by the mu­si­cal di­rec­tor and prin­ci­pal con­duc­tor of Vane­muine The­atre, Paul Mägi, who has pre­vi­ously worked for many years as the artis­tic di­rec­tor and prin­ci­pal con­duc­tor of the Es­to­nian Na­tional Opera, and also as the prin­ci­pal con­duc­tor of the Lat­vian Na­tional Sym­phony Or­ches­tra. De­tailed in­for­ma­tion on this con­cert can be found at www.erso.ee

Fe­bru­ary 18, Con­cert by Jaak Lut­soja & Kas­par Ul­jas, Philly Joe’s Jazz Club, Tallinn

Jaak and Kas­par will en­gage in orig­i­nal di­a­logue and play ar­range­ments, Ar­gen­tine mu­sic, and tan­gos. Although both are known as ac­cor­dion­ists, this time Kas­par will swap the ac­cor­dion for the ban­do­neon. The ban­do­neon, a well-known in­stru­ment pri­mar­ily in Ar­gen­tine mu­sic, is lit­tle known to the Es­to­nian au­di­ence. The reper­toire will mainly con­sist of Latin-amer­i­can mu­sic that sounds es­pe­cially gen­uine on the ban­do­neon. For more in­for­ma­tion on the con­cert please go to: www.jazz.ee


Fe­bru­ary 11, Lat­vian Sym­phonic Mu­sic Grand Con­cert, Great Guild, Riga

At the an­nual LNSO grand con­cert of Lat­vian sym­phony mu­sic, you will hear works by Pē­teris Plakidis, cel­e­brat­ing his 70th birth­day in 2017, and Gun­dega Šmite, a for­mer stu­dent of Plakidis who lives in Greece, and is cel­e­brat­ing her 40th birth­day this year. Plakidis’ won­der­ful Canto (1986) is a sym­phony clas­sic, and Šmite’s new work is a col­or­ful con­certo, woven with Gre­cian dance rhythms, writ­ten for an in­stru­ment that has so far been all but ne­glected by Lat­vian com­posers. The grand con­cert will also fea­ture Liepāja Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, con­ducted by At­vars Lak­stī­gala and the Lat­vian Na­tional Opera and Bal­let Or­ches­tra un­der the lead of M ār­tiņš Ozoliņš. The con­cert is or­ga­nized by Latvi­jas Kon­certi. For more in­for­ma­tion on the con­cert, please visit www.lnso.lv and to buy tick­ets go to www.bile­su­paradize.lv

Open till Fe­bru­ary 12, Ar­se­nal, Kris­tians Brekte’s Solo Ex­hi­bi­tion, Ar­se­nals Ex­hi­bi­tion Hall, Riga

Ar­se­nals most am­bi­tious per­sonal ex­hi­bi­tion to date by lo­cal artist and stage de­signer Kris­tians Brekte con­sists of new works – large-for­mat paint­ings, ready-made ob­jects and multimedia in­stal­la­tions – all on a mil­i­tary sub­ject. Brekte’s vis­ual lan­guage, which has been de­vel­oped in a cre­ative ca­reer span­ning more than ten years in­cludes: links to gothic and black metal sub­cul­ture, street art, re­li­gion, art his­tory, and pop cul­ture. The artist is fas­ci­nated with the dark side of so­ci­ety, deal­ing with the no­tion of death, suf­fer­ing, sex­u­al­ity, faith, and amoral­ity in his works. The van­dal­ism of the sub­ject mat­ter in the artist’s sculp­tural in­stal­la­tions mixes with for­mal per­fec­tion and tech­ni­cal mas­tery, sharply unit­ing crit­i­cal or re­veal­ing references and quotes in the al­ready fa­mil­iar aes­thet­ics. It is also marked by the use of color, ma­te­rial, light and sound, al­ways anew point­ing to Brekte’s in­ter­est in de­con­struct­ing such tra­di­tional forms of art as paint­ing, sculp­ture, and print­mak­ing, and cre­at­ing a dis­tance from the way they are gen­er­ally per­ceived. For this ex­hi­bi­tion, the space that once served as a mil­i­tary ware­house, will be used both as­so­cia­tively and lit­er­ally as a frame­work for the ex­hibits, which were made by study­ing episodes of cul­tural his­tory. Kris­tians Brekte’s works turn the Ar­se­nals Ex­hi­bi­tion Hall into a con­tem­po­rary nar­ra­tive on hu­man na­ture un­der the cir­cum­stances of real or imag­ined threat. Found pho­to­graphs, ver­nac­u­lar ob­jects, screen­prints, sculp­tural ob­jects, oil

paint­ings, noise, and mu­sic em­body the artist’s un­der­stand­ing of the essence of an ar­se­nal and its sig­nif­i­cance to­day. Learn more about the ex­hi­bi­tion at: www.lnmm.lv

Fe­bru­ary 13, Con­cert by Janoska En­sem­ble, Great Guild, Riga

The Janoska En­sem­ble was founded by the three broth­ers On­drej, Fran­tisek and Ro­man to­gether with their brother-in-law Julius Dar­vas. The en­sem­ble mem­bers hail from Bratislava, and now live in Vi­enna. All four mu­si­cians were in­tro­duced to clas­si­cal mu­sic as young chil­dren by their highly mu­si­cal fam­ily. They went on to re­ceive their first-rate mu­si­cal ed­u­ca­tion at renowned mu­sic in­sti­tu­tions un­der the guid­ance of world-fa­mous teach­ers such as: Boris Kuschnir, Pavel Vernikov, Peter Čer­man, and Alois Posch. On­drej and Ro­man play the vi­o­lin, Fran­tisek plays the piano and Julius the double bass. The mem­bers of the En­sem­ble en­joy world­wide ac­claim to­day, and are in great de­mand on account of their many per­for­mances, not only as soloists, but also to­gether with their own en­sem­ble, and as mem­bers of other dis­tin­guished for­ma­tions. The mem­bers of the Janoska En­sem­ble are united not only by their tal­ent and fam­ily ties, but first and fore­most by the mu­si­cal vi­sion they share. On the strength of their vir­tu­os­ity and im­pro­vi­sa­tion, the mu­si­cians are able to per­form a wide-rang­ing reper­toire, ex­tend­ing from pop­u­lar clas­sics and their own com­po­si­tions, to unique ar­range­ments that cover gen­res such as gypsy, tango, and pop. In their mot­ley pro­gram, they achieve a highly dis­tinc­tive blend that con­jures up the un­mis­tak­able Janoska En­sem­ble. The En­sem­ble mem­bers have re­ceived awards at nu­mer­ous in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions, and are con­sid­ered out­stand­ing mu­si­cians of the younger gen­er­a­tion. With their widerang­ing reper­toire and their ex­cep­tional ar­range­ments, they ap­peal to mu­sic lovers of all gen­res. It is pre­cisely this stylis­tic di­ver­sity and vari­ance that make the Janoska En­sem­ble well worth lis­ten­ing to. Tick­ets can be bought on­line via www.bile­suserviss.lv

Fe­bru­ary 18, Sax­o­pho­nia Fes­ti­val 2017, Con­cert by Sin­foni­etta Riga and Alexan­dre Doisy, Great Guild, Riga

The Sax­o­pho­nia Fes­ti­val brings new color to the dingy win­ter with play­ful sounds of the sax­o­phone. Once ev­ery two years, the fes­ti­val brings to­gether the world’s best masters of sax­o­phone per­for­mance. French pro­fes­sor Alexan­dre Doisy will per­form mu­sic by the Swiss com­poser Frank Martin, Lat­vian sax­o­phon­ist Ka­trīna Kivlin­iece will per­form Ģed­erts Ra­mans’ Sax­o­phone Con­certo, which once was per­formed by the leg­endary Al­nis Zaķis, and Do­cent Arvī­das Ka­zlauskas, who was born in Vil­nius, but teaches at the Lat­vian Acad­emy of Mu­sic, will per­form a pre­miere of an opus by Justė Jan­u­lytė. At the con­clu­sion of the evening, the au­di­ence will hear mu­sic by Ri­hards Zaļupe, a mas­ter of Lat­vian am­bi­ent mu­sic, who has com­posed a new score for the sax­o­phone quar­tet, cham­ber or­ches­tra, and elec­tron­ica. More in­for­ma­tion on the con­cert pro­gram and tick­ets is avail­able at www.sax­o­pho­nia.lv


Fe­bru­ary 8, It’s So Won­der­ful Here, Con­cert by Ka­te­rina Tretyakova and Ri­cardo Estrada, Lithua­nian Na­tional Phil­har­monic, Vil­nius

Named af­ter Rach­mani­nov’s well-known ro­mance, the pro­gram sym­bol­izes Ka­te­rina Tretyakova’s, a renowned so­prano of the Ham­burg Opera The­atre, re­turn to Vil­nius, the city of her stud­ies. Born in Mur­mansk (Rus­sia), she came to Lithua­nia as a child. Later she grad­u­ated from the Lithua­nian Acad­emy of Mu­sic and The­atre, where she stud­ied un­der Prof. Giedrė Kaukaitė. In 2006, Tretyakova con­tin­ued her ed­u­ca­tion in Mozar­teum Salzburg, mak­ing her de­but at the Salzburg Fes­ti­val. The so­prano is the win­ner of nu­mer­ous com­pe­ti­tions in Lithua­nia, Latvia, Be­larus, Czech Repub­lic and Ro­ma­nia. In 2013, she won the pres­ti­gious Fran­cisco Viñas Com­pe­ti­tion in Barcelona. The same year, she was awarded first prize in the Grand Prix de l’opera in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion in Bucharest, sec­ond prize at the Montser­rat Ca­ballé In­ter­na­tional Singing Com­pe­ti­tion in Zaragoza, and first prize at the Mar­cello Gior­dani In­ter­na­tional Vo­cal Com­pe­ti­tion in Cata­nia. Mak­ing her head­long in­ter­na­tional ca­reer, she ap­pears in Europe’s ma­jor con­cert halls, such as: Vi­enna’s Musikverein, Am­s­ter­dam’s Con­cert­ge­bouw, Ham­burg’s Laeiszhalle and Dres­den’s Frauenkirche to name but a few. In the wide vo­cal panorama of Rim­skyko­r­sakov, Tchaikovsky and Rach­mani­nov’s ro­mances, the so­prano will be ac­com­pa­nied by pi­anist Ri­cardo Estrada from Barcelona. The pi­anist has ap­peared with such lu­mi­nar­ies as Montser­rat Ca­ballé, Gi­a­como Ara­gall, Francesco De­muro, Norma Fan­tini, Gre­gory Kunde, Celso Al­belo, Ge­orge Petean, Roberto di Can­dia, Na­dine Sierra, Levy Strauss Sek­ga­pane, Mar­iusz Kwiecien, and An­drea Mas­troni. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.fil­har­monija.lt

Open till Fe­bru­ary 10, Win­ter Screens, French Film Fes­ti­val, Vil­nius cin­ema the­atres

Fes­ti­val Win­ter Screens start­ing on 26 Jan­uary of this year, is the 12th film fes­ti­val or­ga­nized by the French In­sti­tute in Lithua­nia. The event, which will take place in eleven ci­ties in Lithua­nia, will in­tro­duce the au­di­ence again to French films – en­gag­ing, cheeky, light and heavy at the same time, ex­tra­or­di­nary, and un­usual. This is a sub­tle art, nur­tur­ing an ac­tive and in­tel­lec­tual spec­ta­tor, and at the same time – a sen­si­tive and open dreamer in search of new emo­tions and ex­cite­ment. The theme of the fes­ti­val this time is Meet­ings. It re­flects the con­tin­u­ous re­newal of the event, at­ten­tion to new names and faces on the big screen, an in­cen­tive to learn var­i­ous ap­proaches to the world. In the main pro­gram – a wide spec­trum of rel­e­vant is­sues not only for a per­son as a mem­ber of so­ci­ety and fam­ily, but also as an in­di­vid­ual and cre­ator. Let’s meet at the fes­ti­val Win­ter Screens, rich in co­in­ci­dences and ev­ery­day cu­riosi­ties, in­de­scrib­able sad­ness, and crazy laugh­ter, for the twelfth time. Let’s leave the cin­ema changed – in­spired and en­riched. Let’s cel­e­brate cin­ema this win­ter! In­for­ma­tion on the fes­ti­val can be found at www.ziemosekranai.lt

Fe­bru­ary 13-20, Cof­fee Cul­ture Week, Shop­ping and Leisure Cen­tre Panorama, Vil­nius

Cof­fee Cul­ture Week is the only pro­fes­sion­ally or­ga­nized event, de­signed for peo­ple seek­ing bet­ter qual­ity of life, lov­ing cof­fee, and in­ter­ested in cof­fee cul­ture. This event is also or­ga­nized for pro­fes­sion­als rep­re­sent­ing the cof­fee mar­ket: cof­fee roast­ers, dis­trib­u­tors, sup­pli­ers, pro­duc­ers, and tasters. The event com­bines the an­nual Lithua­nian cof­fee prepa­ra­tion fes­ti­val, com­pe­ti­tion of draw­ing in the milk foam, and cof­fee fes­ti­val. Free ad­mis­sion. Find out more at www.cof­fee­week.lt Fe­bru­ary 18, Con­cert Mark­ing the 20th An­niver­sary of Kre­mer­ata Baltica and 70th An­niver­sary of Gi­don Kre­mer, Lithua­nian Na­tional Phil­har­monic, Vil­nius

Cel­e­brat­ing his 70th an­niver­sary in 2017, Gi­don Kre­mer and Kre­mer­ata Baltica re­turn to the Lithua­nian Na­tional Phil­har­monic Hall to present an ex­cep­tional ju­bilee con­cert. As usual, the or­ches­tra’s in­trigu­ing pro­gram in­cludes un­ortho­dox ar­range­ments of well-known opuses; Ana­toli­jus Šen­derovas’ Can­tus in me­mo­riam Jascha Heifetz, will fea­ture an au­dio-vis­ual com­po­si­tion. Solo parts will be per­formed by Gi­don Kre­mer, and Mieczysław Wein­berg’s Sym­phony No. 4 – by world fa­mous clar­inet vir­tu­oso Mate Bekavac. Formed by G. Kre­mer in 1997, the Kre­mer­ata Baltica Cham­ber Or­ches­tra is one of Europe’s finest in­ter­na­tional or­ches­tras and is a re­cip­i­ent of a Grammy Award. Mae­stro Kre­mer se­lects out­stand­ing young mu­si­cians from the Baltic States, im­mune to rou­tine, which many pro­fes­sional or­ches­tras in the world are prone to. The Or­ches­tra’s ethos has been ruled from the be­gin­ning by ideals of artis­tic ex­cel­lence and ad­ven­ture. Cel­e­brat­ing its 20th an­niver­sary in 2017, Kre­mer­ata Baltica has per­formed in over 50 coun­tries, ap­peared in more than 600 ci­ties, and given over 1,000 con­certs around the globe. The or­ches­tra is a medium where Gi­don Kre­mer can share the fruits of his rich ex­pe­ri­ence as a soloist and cham­ber mu­si­cian, with young col­leagues from the Baltic States, and en­hance the re­gion’s cul­tural life. “Kre­mer and his new string or­ches­tra, made up of ex­tra­or­di­nary young mu­si­cians from the Baltic States, are spe­cial. They an­i­mate ev­ery­thing their bows touch,” wrote Los An­ge­les Times at the dawn of the or­ches­tra’s cre­ative ca­reer. This con­cert is or­ga­nized in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Kre­mer­ata Baltica Man­age­ment. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.fil­har­monija.lt

Fe­bru­ary 19, Fi­nals of the 5th Jascha Heifetz In­ter­na­tional Vi­o­lin Com­pe­ti­tion, Lithua­nian Na­tional Phil­har­monic, Vil­nius

The 20th cen­tury has pre­sented mu­sic cul­ture with many out­stand­ing vi­o­lin­ists. Jascha Heifetz’ star is one of the lu­mi­nar­ies in this con­stel­la­tion. Born in 1901 in Vil­nius, dubbed the Jerusalem of Lithua­nia, he com­menced his ca­reer at the age of six in Kau­nas. Jeifetz earned Euro­pean recog­ni­tion in Ber­lin, and world ac­claim in Amer­ica, which be­came his adopted home­land in 1917. In 2001, when the vir­tu­oso’s cen­te­nary was cel­e­brated, the In­ter­na­tional Jascha Heifetz Com­pe­ti­tion for vi­o­lin­ists was launched in Vil­nius, Lithua­nia. Fe­bru­ary of 2017 will see its fifth edi­tion. The Lithua­nian Na­tional Phil­har­monic Hall will host the Com­pe­ti­tion Fi­nals. Fos­ter­ing the time­less mu­si­cal legacy of the vi­o­lin vir­tu­oso, the In­ter­na­tional Jascha Heifetz Com­pe­ti­tion for vi­o­lin­ists is one of the four ma­jor mu­sic com­pe­ti­tions in Lithua­nia (next to M.K. Či­urlio­nis, B. Dvar­i­onas and S. Vainiū­nas). It is held ev­ery four years, and is spon­sored by the Lithua­nian Coun­cil for Cul­ture and the Min­istry of Cul­ture of the Repub­lic of Lithua­nia. Dalia Gry­bauskaitė, Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Lithua­nia, is its pa­tron. The com­pe­ti­tion is or­ga­nized by PI Natų Knyg­y­nas, and the Lithua­nian Acad­emy of Mu­sic and The­atre, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Lithua­nian Na­tional Phil­har­monic So­ci­ety. The In­ter­na­tional Jascha Heifetz Com­pe­ti­tion for Vi­o­lin­ists is a mem­ber of the Euro­pean Mu­sic Com­pe­ti­tion for Youth (EMCY) or­ga­ni­za­tion. More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at www.fil­har­monija.lt

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