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Tuesday
May052015

2015 JBANC conference – “History Repeated: Baltics and Eastern Europe in Peril?”

EANC Board member Mai-Liis Bartling attended the 2015 JBANC conference and summarized her impressions:
"This year’s conference of the Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) was held in Washington D.C. on April 16th and 17th.  JBANC has existed 54 years to coordinate the political advocacy efforts of the three Baltic nations, and has a track record of effective action.   Not surprising--given events in eastern Europe--this year’s conference took on a special urgency and was well attended.

One couldn’t but be impressed with the conference’s serious, purposeful tone as well as the proportion of younger attendees.  JBANC Managing director Karl Altau gets much of the credit for this, and for assembling the impressive program.   There was unanimous recognition of the current threat to the Baltics and all of Europe, and many common themes and action items emerged. Among the standout speakers was the current foreign minister of Latvia H.E. Dr. Artis Pabriks, who gave the keynote lunch address.  Dr. Pabriks eloquently quoted Churchhill and spoke of the need for resolve, pointing out that resolve on the homefront is a strong deterrent.    Among the more controversial discussions, where debate was real, was on whether offering Russia an “offramp” can produce any good result and whether drawing “red lines” helped or constrained future options.  

Underscoring the importance of this year’s conference was the attendance of Estonian President Toomas Ilves.  His basic message: we must all do more.

The two days were so full that I filled an entire notepad, and it was not easy to come up with a list of take-aways, but here are 10 themes that were reinforced throughout the conference, followed by a list of possible actions.

1) Russian aggression is to blame for events in Ukraine.   While the Baltics are among the new “frontline states,” it is a European and US problem, too.

2) While new levels of support from NATO are very appreciated, there was consensus among panelists that permanent bases in the Baltics are needed.

3) The Minsk II agreement re Ukraine is being violated on a daily basis; there was also consensus that lethal defensive weapons should be provided to Ukraine.

4) To preserve a strong Europe, it’s important Ukraine be successful, and an offer of EU membership can help keep it on track.

5) The agenda for a strong Europe should also include: diversifying energy supplies, negotiating trade agreements, stronger regional coordination between the Baltics and their neighbors, continued policies of integration.

6) We in the west have been behind the curve in the information war, for complex reasons that have much to do with the state of journalism more generally in this age of the internet.   

7) Russian media has been proactive in obliterating the line between fact and opinion, sowing doubt and confusion, and encouraging a view that the west is crumbling.   

8) Add to this the very specific “compatriots policy” of targeting Russian speakers and building their loyalty.  

9) While much effort has gone into trying to decipher the intentions of Vladimir Putin, at heart he is an opportunist and gangster concerned with this own survivial.   A government that treats its own people poorly cannot be a good neighbor.

10) Actions are needed top down and bottom up, including restoring an effective  national security structure.   But don’t think that the actions of others are enough or that others will do it for us, we must also feel individually empowered to act.

So what to do? Panelists suggested many ways to get involed:

1) Advocate for policies – panelists urged advocacy for lethal aid for Ukraine and permanent bases in the Baltics; to continue/strengthen sanctions against Russia and to remove Russia from SWIFT banking network.  They also urged advocacy for a resolution comparable to Sumner Welles, which proved so helpful to the Baltics, and for direct-to-home satellite broadcasting that can serve a role comparable to that of Radio Free Europe.

2) Start local – visit local congressional offices.  Share facts and what you are advocating.  Share your heritage or connection and that you care deeply. Encourage your reps to become members of the Baltic Caucus.

3) Continue to educate yourself – Read the CEEC’s policy paper (www.ceecoalition.us).  Read books on the subject.  Share and amplify facts and information within your own Baltic community.  Also consider writing letters to local papers that reach out to a broader audience.

4) Show solidarity with Ukraine.  There is strength in numbers.  Work/ walk alongside other Baltics on these issues and in support of Ukraine and a strong Europe.

5) Take to the streets – find/create opportunities to interest the media and broader public, for example Baltic deportation commemoration events.

6) Use social media – use Facebook and Twitter for informational or fundraising campaigns in support of Ukraine, and to draw attention to Russia’s actions.

7) Financially support organizations that are effective on these issues, including JBANC and EANC."

To read more about JBANC’s activities and this year’s conference, go to www.jbanc.org.
Tuesday
May052015

Ülemaailmne Eesti Kesknôukogu Tallinnas

Nädalalôpul 24.-25. aprill k.a. kogunesid organiseeritud eestlaste esindajad vähemalt 13 riigist Rahvusraamatukogusse, et kinnitada ÜEKN tegevuse aruandeid ja sônastada eesmärke eelseisva aasta tegevuseks.

Sissejuhatavalt tervitas kogunenud saadikuid ja külalisi värske kultuuriminister Indrek Saar, oma sônavôtus viisakalt kiites ja tänades organiseeritud väliseestlasi nende aastakümneid kestnud vabadusvôitluse ja keele ja kultuuri hoidmise eest. Tervituseks sai ka sôna Eesti Lipu Seltsi esimees Jüri Trei, kes kutsus üles tihedamale koostööle ja kinkis ÜEKN-ile Eesti lipu.

Täiskogu koosoleku juhatajateks valiti Marju Rink-Abel USA-st ja Aho Rebas Rootsist. Päevakorras mindi kiiresti mööda liikmesmaade tegevuste tutvustamistest kuna need olid kôikidele osavôtjatele juba kirjalikult esitatud. Siiski väärib äramärkimist see imponeerivalt mitmekülgne ja intensiivne eesti tegevus, mis aastast aastasse korraldatakse liikmesriikides (Kanada, USA, Rootsi, Soome, Venemaa, Saksamaa, Läti, Leedu, Tsehhi, Austraalia, Inglismaa, Ukraina).

ÜEKN juhatuse tegevuse aruanne kirjeldas peamiselt info vahendamist, üleskutset osa vôtta Eesti riigikogu valimistest, ning artiklite kirjutamist Eesti julgeoleku teemal. Juhatus on ka otsinud ja leidnud kvalifitseeritud kandidaadi ÜEKN tegevjuhi kohale.
Majanduse alal oli suuremaks uudiseks, et Margot ja Herbert Linna Fond, kust ÜEKN on jaganud üle miljoni dollari väärtuses stipendiume eesti üliôpilastele, antakse üle New Yorgis asuva Eesti Üliôpilaste Toetusfondile.
Esitaud tegevuskava osas soovis koosolek näha selgemat vahet üldiste eesmärkide ja ajaliselt ja majanduslikult piiratud projektide vahel. Avaldati muret juba seitse aastat kestnud ÜEKN ajaloo kirjutamise üle, millel veel pole lôppu näha, vaatamata autori mitmekordsetele lubadustele. Kuulati ära Okupatsioonide muuseumi muresid ja soove. Tutvustati kohalviibivat tegevjuhi kandidaati, kellest loodetakse m.h. ÜEKN administratsiooni parandamist.

ÜEKN on juba paar aastat ettevalmistanud oma struktuuri ja tegevuse uuendamist. Aasta tagasi otsustati vastu vôtta uus arengukava ja vähendada administratiivseid kulusid ja lähtudes sellest esitas Aho Rebas revideeritud kodukorra ettepaneku, mida arutati pôhjalikult. Lisati uusi aspekte ja anti Rebasele ülesandeks koostada uus ettepanek, mis on täielikus kooskôlas pôhikirjaga. 
Peeter Nieländer Torontost tutvustas Eesti 100 juubeliaastal 2018 toimuva ESTO ettevalmistusi oma kodulinnas. Valiti teistkordselt ÜEKN esimeheks Eesti aupeakonsul Kanadas, Laas Leivat ja liikmesmaad esitasid oma esindajad juhatusse.

Otsustati järgmine – väiksemas koosseisus – täiskogu korraldada aasta pärast USA pealinnas Washingtonis.
Laupäeval 25. aprillil toimus ÜEKN korraldusel sümpoosium Okupatsioonide muuseumis teemal „Pôgenemine ja pagulus“. Pikema ülevaatliku ettekande pidas Aho Rebas ja isiklikke mälestusi pôgenemisest lisasid Ülle Ederma ja Maie Barrow. Näidati liigutavat Erik Soovere lühifilmi „Pôgenemine“, Marju Rink-Abel rääkis pagulaste välisvôitlusest ja Ivi Zajedova rääkis täissaalile pagulaste suurüritustest.

ÜEKN täiskogu päevad Tallinnas lôppesid piduliku ôhtusöögiga Mustpeade majas, kus Pille Lill koos oma muusikafondi hoolealustega esitasid tipptasemel laulu ja instrumentaalmuusikat. Ônnestunud täiskogu praktiliseks korraldajaks oli seekord Liia Urman Leedust.

Aho Rebas
Tuesday
Apr282015

USA Eesti Skautide ja Gaidide Malevate Suvelaager 2015 

Sent: 4/23/2015 6:48:51 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time
Subj: USA Eesti Skautide ja Gaidide Malevate Suvelaager 2015 registreerimislehed / Registration for laager 2015
 
Kallis skautpere ja sõbrad! 
Palun pange tähele, et sel aastal on Järvemetsa suvelaagri kuupäevad juulikuus (18-26 juuli) , et võimaldada ka osavõttu eesti skautide ja gaidide suurlaagris Kotkajärvel (15-22 august 2015).
Talgute kuupäevad on järgmised> 
30 mai ja  13 juuni  (Järvemetsal). 

Dear fellow scouts and friends!
Please note this year's summer camp at Järvemetsa takes place in July (July 18-26) as to enable our scouts and guides to also participate in the Estonian Scouting and Guiding Jamboree to be held this August ( August 15-22) at Kotkajärve camp in Muskoka, Canada. For registration information, see www.jarvemetsa.org
Peame sidet! / Let's stay in touch! 
Facebook> group Järvemetsa laager. 

Laagrile saab toetust anda / Make a donation to Eesti Skaudi- ja Gaidide Sõprade SEltside Liit (Järvemetsa) 
Pease make note of this year's work/camp clean-up dates> May 30 and June 13

Selle aasta laagrijuhid on: 
ESM USAs> nskm Silver Laur, silverlaur@gmail.com
EGM USAs> ngdr Linda Langro, linda.kangro@gmail.com
Näeme Järvemetsal! 
Leelo Linask, nskm. 
ESM USAs, kirjatoimetaja 

 

Tuesday
Apr282015

Metsaülikooli uudised / Metsaülikool news - 2015

Kotkajärve Metsaülikool 2015 ootab sind!
23. - 29. august
Registreerimine on juba avatud. 
**10% hinnaalandust, kui registreerid ennast enne 1. juunit.
**Too uus osaleja Metsaülikooli ja saad lisasoodustust.
 
Kuum uudis! Metsaülikooli 2015 pealektor on tuntud eesti kirjanik ja mõtleja Valdur Mikita. Osalevad ka teised põnevad lektorid, MÜ programm täieneb pidevalt. Jälgi uudiseid: www.eesti.ca/mu
 
Perepuhkus Kotkajärve Metsaülikoolis
Metsaülikool pakub ka lasteprogrammi. Olete oodatud terve perega nautima MÜ programmi ja ilusat Muskoka Ontario loodust.
 
Jää edasi Kotkajärvele peale suurlagrit “Rahvakett”
Metsaülikool 2015 algab kohe peale skautide ja gaidide suurlaagrit Kotkajärvel. Juhid ja nende pered on eriti teretulnud jääma edasi ka Metsaülikooli. Puhake ilusas metsas, nautige sauna ja toredaid tegevusi. Huvitavad inimesed, põnev programm! 
 
Mida arvatakse Metsaülikoolist? Vaadake videot siit (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klIj_Jym1fw#t=10)
~  ~  ~
Mark your calendars
Kotkajärve Metsaülikool 2015 is set for August 23-29.
Kotkajärve Metsaülikool offers a complete Estonian immersion environment – live the language and the culture. “Immersion is really the best way to learn any language. And especially with Estonian at Metsaülikool…”
**10% discount if you register before June 1. 
**Bring along a new participant and qualify for an additional discount. 
Read more, and register at www.eesti.ca/mu
Wednesday
Apr012015

President of Estonia Toomas Henrik Ilves to Address JBANC Conference on April 18 in Washington, DC 

(Washington, DC) – The President of the Republic of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, has confirmed that he will address the 11th Conference of the Joint Baltic American National Committee, Inc. (JBANC) in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 18. His presence at the JBANC conference emphasizes the significant timing of the event at a time when attention towards the Baltic countries of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania is at a high level. 
 
In addition to President Ilves of Estonia, the conference, to be held at the Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel, also will feature key speeches by former Prime Minister of Lithuania Andrius Kubilius and Latvian Member of the European Parliament and former Foreign and Defense Minister Artis Pabriks. 
Main conference themes will center on defending Ukraine, Russia’s disinformation campaign and motivations against the West, and the Western response. 
 
JBANC has extended the registration fee deadline for the conference through April 7. The $200 standard registration fee increases to $225 after that date. 
A draft program, list of conference panels and panelists, and registration forms are available at: http://jbanc.org/?m=1&p=2. 
JBANC is also coordinating with the Central and East European Coalition (CEEC) on its annual Congressional Advocacy Day on April 16, and welcomes conference participants and others who wish to meet with Congressional leaders and staff to discuss United States policy on these issues.
contact: Karl Altau
tel. 301-340-1954 / jbanc@jbanc.org
 

 

Friday
Mar062015

Arvo Pärt to be featured at NY Live Arts Festival April 15-19, 2015

New York Live Arts announced the schedule of its third annual Live Ideas festival, S K Y - Force and Wisdom in America Today, taking place April 15 – 19, 2015. Curated by world renowned visual artist, inventor and performer Laurie Anderson in conjunction with New York Live Arts’ Artistic Director Bill T. Jones, the 2015 Live Ideas festival combines the arts and social issues in synergistic ways, activating the New York City community to creatively question the direction of modern culture. Presenting no fewer than 25 events via an array of music, dance, newly commissioned poetry, film, discussion and a late-night lounge, S K Y - Force and Wisdom in America Today features such artists as Laurie Anderson, Deborah Hay, Hal Willner, Vito Acconci, Pauline Oliveros and IONE, Reverend Billy, John Zorn, Anne Carson and Master Ren as well as the work of renowned artists including Lou Reed, Julian Schnabel, John Cage and Arvo Pärt.

Contact: Elizabeth Cooke, Associate Director of Communications,ecooke@newyorklivearts.org, (212) 691-6500 x210

Wednesday
Nov262014

Early Bird Pricing Until April 30th for LEP 2015! 

We look forward to connecting with all of you in beautiful Whistler BC, next August. Link to website

Exciting Event Schedule
We are changing up the traditional event schedule for this festival – please make note of the dates for the following events, and ensure you book your hotel rooms so you can attend your favourite events.
• The Golf Tournament will tee off at Whistler Golf Course prior to the opening of the festival midday on Tuesday, August 4th
• The Opening Ceremony & Gala Concert with VIP Champagne reception—featuring an exciting lineup of performers direct from Estonia—will take place at 6:00 PM on Wednesday, August 5th
• The Folk Celebration with gourmet BBQ will take place atop beautiful Whistler Mountain starting at 5:00 PM on Thursday, August 6th
• The Song Festival will see nearly 250 singers and musicians take to the risers at the Whistler Conference Centre at 1:00 PM on Friday, August 7th
• The Golden Ball will be a night to remember. Doors open at the Hotel Ballroom at 6:00 PM on Friday, August 7th
• The Dance Festival, featuring over 100 dancers from across North America will liven up the outdoor venue at Dusty’s at 3:00 PM on Saturday, August 8th

Event tickets will go on sale soon – stay tuned for more details!

Book Your Hotel Room: Rooms at the Hilton Whistler Resort & Spa are filling up - if you have not yet secured your hotel room we encourage everyone to do so quickly as the hotel is nearly sold out. The Hilton is providing LEP 2015 attendees with a special festival nightly room rate of $169.00/night*.
Rooms can be reserved online or by calling the Hilton directly at 1.604.932.1982. When speaking with the reservations team, please refer to “West Coast Estonian Festival 2015” to secure the festival rate.
The LEP Festival Hotel Rate is subject to availability on a first-come first-served basis until July 6, 2015. Any reservations received after this date will be accepted at the hotel's published rate on a space available basis. Please note that once all rooms at the Hilton are all booked, festival attendees will need to secure rooms at alternate hotels in Whistler.
*Regular, non-festival room rates at the Hilton Whistler start at $229 per night.  
 
We look forward to seeing you in Whistler next summer as we celebrate Estonia on the West Coast.
The LEP 2015 Organizing Committee

 

Friday
Nov142014

Diasporaa Konverents Eestis 20.09.14

Diasporaa Konverents Eestis 20.09.14: "Nad olid noored ja tahtsid elada!" Sirje Semmi artikkel.

Sunday
Aug242014

2015 KLENK-IEP -- Cruising Estonian Style! - UPDATES

KLENK-IEP 2015 Updates

Attention KLENK-IEP 2015 cruise goers!  To make your vacation even more enjoyable, here are some exciting program additions:

The KLENK-IEP 2015 program will now start “on land” prior to the cruise.  The Eesti Meeskoor (Estonian Men’s Choir) will present a free concert on Thursday January 22, at 7 PM in St. Paul Lutheran Church, Boca Raton, Florida.   Choir conductor Jüri Rent directed the Estonian national anthem at the last Laulupidu. You may want to adjust your travel plans to take advantage of this special event.

About forty folk dancers led by Mart Agu, director of the Eesti Tantsupidu / Dance Festival two years ago, will perform during the cruise. As a special treat, they will give a folkdance workshop for KLENK participants!

Interested in yoga?  Stay fit and have fun with KLENK’s own on-ship yoga sessions with Enely Jaager, who owns YogaHouse in Tallinn!  

Accommodations and transportation update:
KLENK-IEP 2015 has negotiated a special group rate of only $159 per night at Ocean Sky Resort located on Galt Ocean Mile, right on Ft. Lauderdale beach.  Availability is limited, so we recommend early reservations; call Ocean Sky Resort at 1-800-678-9022 and ask for the special KLENK-IEP rate. 

KLENK-IEP 2015 will also offer select bus transportation between Ocean Sky Resort and the following:  
    January 22 - roundtrip between the Ocean Sky Resort and the concert in Boca Raton.
    January 23 - roundtrip all day shopping excursion between The Ocean Sky Resort and Sawgrass Mall.
    January 24 - transfer from the Ocean Sky Resort to Port Everglades.
Space is very limited and must be reserved in advance.  Transfers are $10 per person. 

Haven’t signed up for the cruise yet?  You have until October 17 to make a fully-refundable deposit!  Details are at http://www.klenk-iep2015.com.  Look for souvenir shirts available for order on our website!
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Mark your calendars for January 24 - 31, 2015!  The first ever KLENK (Kesk-Lääne Eesti Noorte Koondis / Midwestern Estonian Youth Association) and IEP (Idaranniku Eesti Päevad / East Coast Estonian Days) joint event will take place aboard the beautiful Ruby Princess, setting sail from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and bound for a seven-day Caribbean cruise.   KLENK-IEP 2015 will combine Estonian culture with sunshine, Caribbean islands, fine dining and luxurious travel.  Activities, lectures and program events will be in both Estonian and English to provide an enriching experience for all.

Both the KLENK-IEP 2015 program and the cruise are now available for booking.  The all-inclusive registration fee for the KLENK-IEP 2015 program may be booked for $50.00 until February 28, 2014 and $75.00 after that.  Cabins may be reserved either online via the website http://klenk-iep2015.com, or by contacting our exclusive Princess Cruise Line representative, Susan Shark at 1-888-987-8726.  All Princess deposits are 100% refundable until October 17, 2014.  
 
For more information and registration, go to http://klenk-iep2015.com, call 561-409-9335, or contact Rein Luning via e-mail: rluning@KLENK-IEP2015.com.
Thursday
Aug142014

The 30th anniversary Scandinavian Fest ... Sunday, 31 August  !

ScanFest held on Labor-Day Weekend:  August 31, 2014.  

Pillerkaar Estonian Folk Dancers performed, and EANC Board members hosted a table!Viiu Vanderer and Ülle Ederma
Pillerkaar folk dancers 


Tuesday
Jul152014

Lakewoodi Eesti Mängud/ 60th Lakewood Estonian Games: Aug 1 - 3, 2014

Estonian American Amateur Athletes 
60th Lakewood Estonian Games 
Aug 1 to 3, 2014   
LAKEWOOD ESTONIAN HOUSE  
4 Cross St   |   Jackson, New Jersey

Come celebrate the 60th anniversary of Lakewoodi Eesti Mängud. The schedule for our special anniversary weekend appears below. Please note that this year’s program includes live bands both Friday & Saturday night at the Lakewood Estonian Club.

Friday, Aug 1st

Golf Tournament - 10:30am at Woodlake Country Club. Pre-register: aers@optonline.net 
Basketball - 3:00pm Johnson Park 206 Kierych Dr Jackson NJ Dr. Pre-register:stskonberg@gmail.com 
Lakewood Estonian House - Gate opens at 6PM
Bowling - 7:00 - 9:30pm at Brunswick Lanes in Lakewood 101 Locust St. Info:cskonberg@ups.com 
Dance Party - live band Stolen Rhodes (recently opened for Lynyrd Skynyrd at the Stone Pony) 10-12am DJ Kiino from 12 to 2am

Saturday, Aug 2nd

Track & Field - 8:30am at Jackson Liberty High School. This is a NEW VENUE and the entrance is across the road from Estonian House) Info: truumees@msn.com 
Tennis - 10:45am at Pine Park - 500 Country Club Dr, Lakewood Pre-register:eapviking@aol.com 
Swimming - 1:00pm at Ocean County YMCA 1088 W Whitty Rd, Toms River, NJ Info:truumees@msn.com 
Esto Art Exhibition - 11am to 5pm - Estonian House Info: mkaruks@ymail.com or 908 907 8792  
Volleyball - 11:30am at Estonian House (USA-Canada match @ 5:30pm) Pre-register:carl.erik91@gmail.com 
Sports Awards Ceremony “Valguspidu” - 7:30pm at Lakewood Estonian House
Dance Party - Live band "Belmar Boulevard” starting after 9:30 pm at the Estonian House and DJ Kiino starting after 9:30 pm outside weather permitting

Sunday, Aug 3rd

Family Beach Day - Jenkinson Beach – Pt Pleasant NJ

EVENT TICKET PRICES:

Full Weekend Admission (Fri & Sat events)

$32

Tenting Fee

$25

Friday only - live band & DJ

$15

Saturday Admission - Adult

$25

Children - 12 to 17

$12

Seniors - 65 +

$15

60th Anniversary Program Advertising & Golf Sponsorship Opportunities:

1 - Golf Tournament Hole Sponsor $60, send request/copy to aers@optonline.net - DEADLINE July 20TH. (pls note – all sponsor signs will be moved to Lakewood Estonian House where they will be on display for the entire weekend)    

2 - Our EAAA printed weekend program and event agenda has ad spots available for messaging/greetings. Ad space sizes and donations are as follows:

1/8 of a page

$25

1/4 of a page

$50

1/2 of a page

$100

Full page

$200

Please forward ad request and copy to: TarmoPallop@americanaquatic.net or call 610 730 8762. 
Cut-off date for ad submissions: 7-27

EAAA Juhatus

Thursday
Jun262014

Victims of Communism Memorial 20th Anniversary Commemoration in Washington, DC (June 11, 2014)

From JBANC: Link to photo gallery

Thursday
Jun052014

Reviews for Arvo Pärt May 31 Carnegie Hall Concert

From Arvo Pärt Project / St. Vladimir's website, with reception included and EANC mentioned:
"Estonian Orthodox Composer Arvo Pärt Thrills NYC Audience -- A capacity crowd at Carnegie Hall lauded the music and person of Estonian Orthodox Christian composer at a stunning performance May 31."
Photo: Eleri Ever
New York Times:  
“An Affirmation of Faith at Carnegie Hall - Diverse Disciples Flock to an Arvo Pärt Tribute”
By CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM  JUNE 3, 2014

New York Classical Review:
“Arvo Pärt’s austere music transcends time and place”
June 01, 2014 at 2:38 pm
By George Grella
Thursday
May292014

Review for Arvo Pärt Kennedy Center Concert

Arvo Pärt’s music fills Kennedy Center Concert Hall for great free performance

 
Courtesy of the Kennedy Center - Conductor Tõnu Kaljuste, left, and composer Arvo Pärt.
By Anne Midgette, Published: May 28 E-mail the writer

There’s something about the music of Arvo Pärt that makes people stop driving. In the late 1970s, the record producer Manfred Eicher heard it on the car radio and pulled off the road to listen until it was over. In 1984, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the future president of Estonia, at the time a college professor in Canada, heard on his car radio the recording Eicher had subsequently released. He pulled off the road in his turn. Ilves told his story to the audience at the start of a remarkable free concert of Pärt’s music at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall Tuesday night that made everyone in the concert hall, though not driving, certainly stop, listen and marvel.

The audience was primed to be enthusiastic. When Garth Ross, the Kennedy Center’s vice president for community engagement, mentioned in his pre-concert remarks that the composer was present, the crowd — and how many living classical composers can fill a 2,400-seat concert hall? — rose to its feet with a prolonged standing ovation, until the 78-year-old composer, bearded and slight and looking more like a rumpled professor than the monk with whom he is often compared, rose from his seat in the balcony with gestures of acknowledgment. “That doesn’t happen every day,” Ross observed when the noise had died down.  Photo: Lita Juberte

Nor does it happen every day that an audience gets to hear such stunning performances — by, in this case, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, under founder Tonu Kaljuste — of such strong music.

I recently wrote that Pärt appeals both to classical and non-classical audiences, not least because he epitomizes a spirituality that gives his music a sense of a greater meaning without crossing into mere New Age-y effect-mongering. Yet this concert made me think that, popular though his music is, it may still be underestimated. I’ve heard some people in the classical world aver that Pärt is a one-trick pony, using the technique he calls tintinnabulation, which involves juxtaposing a melodic line with its related triads, to write music of arresting simplicity, offering spirituality rather than sophistication. Anyone who was present on Tuesday can testify that this claim is false.

All of Pärt’s music is easily identifiable, it’s true; like most great artists, he has a clear set of fingerprints. But each of the four pieces on Tuesday’s program, especially the relatively brief “Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten,” was a world of its own, from the dramatic string stabs and dark male voices in “Adam’s Lament” (the most recent work, written in 2009) to the repeating, descending, aching, intensifying phrases of the “Cantus,” touched by the pure and wistful tolling of bells. And while spirituality is central to his life and music, Pärt is no more or less a “religious composer” than Bach — whose pure and brilliant Passions Pärt’s “Te Deum,” the final piece on Tuesday’s program, called to mind.

There’s nothing superficial about Pärt’s music; it’s steeped in a profound knowledge of the vocabulary of the Western canon, reaching back to the medieval plainchant that it so audibly evokes. Pärt simply takes the same data as many other composers — the instruments of the orchestra, the voices of the chorus — and arrives at his own unique conclusions. 
Another rare thing about Tuesday’s performance: hearing performers who are expert in a living classical tradition. The classical world has a number of European ensembles that are steeped in the music of composers they’ve been playing for centuries. Seldom, though, do you hear groups that have come to world renown with a tradition whose creator is sitting in the audience.

Kaljuste, a towering figure who looks a lot like Liam Neeson and, as he ages, also like Franz Liszt, conducts with an authority that translates his gestures into sounds. At one point in the “Te Deum,” he extended the fingers of an already-upraised hand and you could hear the subtle change in sound in the men’s chorus, exactly corresponding. He has led most of Pärt’s major works in their world premieres and first recordings, and he and the players offered expertise and flexibility, coupling the majesty of some of the larger moments in the music with a sense of intimacy that’s very much in keeping with Pärt’s work.
Photo: Lita Juberte
The least compelling performance was the opening piece, “Fratres,” one of many versions of one of Pärt’s best-known works. It was played — I think deliberately — with a straightforwardness that was the antithesis of the heightened emotion many bring to this juxtaposition of seesawing violin patterns (played with gentle clarity by the concertmaster, Harry Traksmann) and organ-like string chords, but came off as slightly nonchalant. Playing without pathos, however, is generally a virtue in this music. One of Pärt’s frequent effects — in, for instance, “Adam’s Lament” — is having the strings seem to be drawing breath, like a supportive bellows, beneath a clear unspooling vocal line. This keeps a sense of the human in music that, however spiritual, is very much of this world.

It was the first of four Pärt concerts in Washington and New York and an extravagant gift to an audience that, representing all ranges of age and sartorial taste, greeted it with the ardor of a rock-concert crowd, whooping and clapping and holding up cellphones to capture videos of the performers’ bows when the music had finished.
The gift wasn’t restricted to those present, either. This concert was jointly presented by the Estonian Embassy (the ambassader, Marina Kaljurand, led fundraising efforts herself) and the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage. Like all Millennium Stage performances, it can be seen, in its entirety, as a video on the Kennedy Center’s Web site. Just don’t try to watch it while you’re driving.

The Arvo Pärt Project series of concerts continues with a performance on Thursday at the Phillips Collection (sold out) and performances in New York at Carnegie Hall (Saturday) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Monday).

 

Thursday
May222014

Long Island Spordipäev ja Jaanipäev: Laupäeval, 14 . juunil, 2014

Long Islandi Eesti Kodus: 20 Middle Island Blvd., Middle Island, N.Y.
 
Maa-ala avatud kell 10 e.l.  Kohapeal saadaval toite ja alkohoolita jooke, ujula, saun köötud kella 3-eks.  
Noorte kergejôustik 11:00-12:30, ujumisevòistlused 1:30-2:30, Masterite kergejòustik (40a +) 1:00-4:00, 

Vòrkpalli turniir 12:30-7:00; Jaanitule süütamine kell 8:30; 
Tantsu pidu sisesaalis algab kell 9:30 
LI Lastesuvekodu 7/12-26
Võrkpalli laager Long Islandil 7/27-7/29 lapsed 12-18

Palun andke teada – meil on vaja ~ 20 osavõtjad, (jetsklecko@gmail.com või 201-891-5337)

Lakewood Skautlaager 8/9-16, Võrkpallilaager Kanadas 8/10-17 

Lakewood Eesti Mängud toimuvad 1-3 augustil 2014 (60 a juubel,1954-2014)
Tuesday
Dec102013

Eesti Rahva Muuseum kutsub väljaspool Eestit elavaid eesti lapsi linnalaagrisse „Kirju-mirju Eesti“

Kes on vanausuline? Mis on suulliim? Millest kõnelevad vanad ornamendid? Millised on minu juured ja kuidas need mind mõjutavad? Miks teiste juurtega inimesed mõtlevad teistmoodi? Nendele ja paljudele teistele küsimustele leiame 14.-18. juulil 2014 üheskoos vastused linnalaagris „Kirju-mirju Eesti“!
Viiepäevases linnalaagris õpitakse läbi praktilise tegevuse tundma Eesti kirevat vaimset ja materiaalset kultuuripärandit. Sõidetakse külla vanausulistele, setudele ja mulkidele, kus tutvutakse kohalike traditsioonide eripäradega ning proovitakse ka ise näiteks ikooni maalida, lambaid talitada või laastukatust panna. Arheoloogilistel väljakaevamistel tutvume, kuidas luuakse kildhaaval kogutud info põhjal lugusid minevikust.    

14.07.2014 - Tartu, Raadi mõis - "Minu ja sinu juured" - kust oleme pärit? Põhjalik linnaekskursioon.
15.07.2014 - Tartumaa, Kolkja - "Teisalt tulnud" – usundiline mitmekesisus 
16.07.2014 - Tartu, Ajalooarhiiv ning arheoloogiliste välitööde külastamine - "Mis meist maha jääb?“  - füüsilised allikad meie erinevate kultuuride kohta
17.07.2014 - Võrumaa, Setumaa - "Teistmoodi eestlased" - rahvuse lai mõiste 
18.07.2014 - Viljandimaa, Heimtali - "Juurte juurde tagasi" – Anu Raua vaibakoguga tutvumine ning laagris kogetu mõtestamine läbi kokkuvõtliku ühistegevuse (fotoloo koostamine grupitöödena).  
 
Läbi mänguliste päevade õpitakse tundma iseenda juuri, et edaspidi teise pilguga märgata ja väärtustada kultuurierinevusi teistes. Erinevate kultuuride mustrid ja värvid, kombed ja traditsioonid omandavad teise värvingu, kui neid mõista.
Laagrit korraldab Eesti Rahva Muuseum koostöös Muinsuskaitseametiga. Kõik laagripäevad algavad ja lõpevad Tartu linnas. Lapsed ööbivad kodus.

Osavõtutasu on 50€ lapse kohta. Sisaldab väljasõitude transporti, lõunat, töövahendeid. Laager on suunatud 10-12-aastastele ning töökeeleks on eesti keel.
Laagris on 15 kohta.
Varasemaid laagripäevi vaata: www.erm.ee/õpi/linnalaagrid
Lisainfo: Jaanika Jaanits, koostöövõrgustike koordinaator; Tel 7350 447; E-post jaanika.jaanits@erm.ee
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Anu Kippasto
välisõppe koordineerija
Eesti Instituut
Suur-Karja 14
10140 Tallinn
Eesti
Tel +372 6314 355

 

Monday
Oct072013

Lembit Beecher's "These Memories May Be True" based on Estonian folk songs, featured in Philadelphia (Oct. 15) and New York (Oct. 17) concerts.

LEMBIT BEECHER’S “THESE MEMORIES MAY BE TRUE” FEATURED IN NEW YORK AND PHILADELPHIA CONCERTS.

Excerpted from Press Release:

The East Coast premiere of composer and pianist Lembit Beecher's "These Memories May Be True" is the centerpiece of two upcoming concerts of 20th and 21st century Estonian and Hungarian music inspired by folk song.  Beecher's work, called "deeply personal" and "hauntingly lovely" by the San Francisco Chronicle, was inspired by the composer's grandmother's stories about her childhood.  The thread of his family history begun in this work continues later in the program with a series of new short pieces by five composers commissioned especially for this concert.  The works are based on Estonian folk songs transcribed in 1908 by Beecher's great-grandfather, August Kiiss.  

Tickets: $15 / $10 students are available at the door.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 8:00 PM at the Curtis Institute of Music, 1726 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 8:00 PM at the New York Estonian House, 243 E. 34th St., New York, NY

Thursday
Aug082013

EANC, Pillerkaar at ScanFest on Sept. 1, 2013 in Budd Lake, NJ

EANC participated in the 29th annual ScanFest on Sept.1, 2013 in Budd Lake NJ.  ScanFest is a day-long celebration of all things Scandinavian; Estonia is the only Baltic country included.  For more information, visit www.ScanFest.org.  Pillerkaar Estonian Folk Dancers of the Washington DC Metro Area, will again be dancing traditional Estonian folk dances at ScanFest this year.Ulle Ederma, EANC Board member, at ScanFest 2013

Sunday
Apr072013

Putin’s Crackdown, Magnitsky Sanctions Discussed at JBANC Conference

JBANC Press Release: For Immediate Release                 contact: Karl Altau

On April 19–20, the Joint Baltic American National Committee (JBANC) held its 10th annual conference in Washington DC. The key topics of discussion included the deteriorating political and human rights situation in Russia, and the prospects for EU visa sanctions against Russian human rights abusers modeled on the US Magnitsky Act.

JBANC’s 10th annual conference brought together diplomats; government officials; political, business, and NGO leaders; journalists; and policy analysts from the European Union, the United States, Canada, Russia, and other countries. This year’s keynote speaker was William Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management and former employer of Sergei Magnitsky, the Moscow attorney who was arrested, denied medical care, and died in prison after uncovering a $230 million tax fraud scheme involving Russian officials. Not one of the officials linked to the theft—or to Magnitsky’s unlawful prosecution and death—has been punished; indeed, some have received awards and promotions.William Browder and Marju Rink-Abel

“I realized that it is impossible to achieve justice for Sergei inside of Russia,” Browder said in his remarks to an audience that included Magnitsky’s mother, widow, and youngest son. “So I decided to seek justice outside of Russia.” Over the past three years, the Hermitage CEO has been leading international efforts to get those implicated in the Magnitsky case—as well as other Russian human rights abusers—blacklisted from Western countries. In the United States, the visa ban and asset freeze were effected by the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act, a measure passed and signed into law last year. On April 12, the US government published its first public blacklist under the Magnitsky Act. Browder vowed to continue his efforts to achieve similar sanctions in the European Union, despite persistent threats to his own life and an Interpol arrest warrant issued by the Russian government.
In his remarks at the JBANC conference, Vladimir Kara-Murza, senior policy advisor at the Institute of Modern Russia, called the Magnitsky Act “the most pro-Russian law to have ever been passed in a foreign country,” emphasizing that it helps end impunity for those who continue to violate the rights of—and steal money from—Russian citizens. Reminding the audience that according to opinion polls, a strong plurality of Russians support the idea of Western visa sanctions on human rights abusers, Kara-Murza expressed his hope that similar measures will soon be adopted in the European Union.

Addressing the political and human rights situation in Russia, the IMR senior policy advisor detailed the government’s recent crackdown, which includes the designation of NGOs as “foreign agents,” the expansion of the definition of “treason,” and the politically driven arrests and show trials of opposition activists—but emphasized that the trends in Russian society are not in favor of the regime. “Millions of people in Russia are no longer willing to put up with the lies, the repression, and the corruption of Putin’s Kremlin,” he noted. Citing Vladimir Putin’s falling poll figures, the growing number of Internet users in Russia, and the unprecedented rise in civic activism, Kara-Murza observed that “Putin may still have some public support, but it is falling; the government may still control national television, but its influence is decreasing; the regime may still be stronger than civil society, but it can no longer ignore it.”

William Browder (left) and Vladimir Kara-Murza at the JBANC Conference.
Tuesday
Dec182012

2018 ESTO to be held in Toronto / EKN-i otsus: 2018. a ESTO Torontos!

The Estonian Central Council in Canada announced that ESTO 2018 will be held in Toronto!
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Eestlaste Kesknõukogu Kanadas juhatus otsustas 2. oktoobril toimunud koosolekul ühehäälselt korraldada ülemaailmne eestlaste suurfestival ESTO Torontos 2018. aastal.

Tuginedes oma varem mitmekordselt esitatud seisukohale, et ESTO-de lõpetamine ei ole vajalik ega otstarbekohane, jätkab EKN 1972. a alustatud traditsiooni, mis esitas võimsalt meie rahvuslikke pürgimusi ja kultuuri omapära maailmale ning hoogustas eestlaste ühtekuuluvuse väljendamist võõrsil.

On väidetud, et üldlaulu- ja tantsupeod Eestis peaks täitma ülalmainitud eesmärke ja vajadusi. EKN soovitab tungivalt kõikidel nendel osaleda. Kuid hiigelsuurte osavõtjatega ettevõtmisi kodumaal ei saa võrrelda välismail toimuvate ESTO-dega oma mitmetahulise tegevusega ning intiimsema omavahelise suhtlemisega. Teretulnud on muidugi kõik, nii asukohamaadelt võõrsil kui kodumaalt!

EKN on kirjalikult kontakteerunud suuremate Torontos ja Lõuna-Ontarios asuvate  ühiskondlike organisatsioonidega, selgitamaks nende arvamusi ESTO 2018 kohta. Seni  tagastatud vastuste hulgas ei leidu ühtki, mis eitab seda algatust.

EKN-i juhatus määras Peeter Nieländeri juhtima rühma, mille ülesanne on uurida ESTO 2018 läbiviidavust ning esitama vastav konkreetne ettepanek koos ajagraafikuga EKN-i täiskogule käesoleval sügisel.       
Ühineme ülemaailmselt eeloleval suvel San Franciscos LEP-ESTO 2013 ja ESTO 2018 pidustustel!

EKN-i juhatus
Markus Hess, esimees
Estonian Central Council in Canada
estoniancentralcouncil@gmail.com
647-231-0058

 

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