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Estonian Cultural Evening in Vermont, November 20, 2015

The Burlington Choral Society in Vermont will present an evening of Estonian music, by Part and other composers, on Friday evening, November 20, 2015, at 7:30 PM in Colchester, VT (suburb of Burlington) .  Chief guest will be Eerik Marmei, H.E. the Estonian Ambassador to the U.S.  For more information, contact Dr. William Harwood, Burlington VT, for the Burlington Choral Society, 802-343-3856. Email: wharw32487@aol.com.


Ene Piirak writes: "BCS is a mixed choir of 75 voices.  I am the only Estonian member!  They are diligently working on their Estonian pronunciation and I must say they are doing quite well!  The program will be a mix of classical and laulupidu songs, as well as a newly commissioned work by Lembit Beecher, who you may know as I think he is from the NYC area.  I have included more detailed description below.  For further details and ticket information please visit our website:  http://www.bcsvermont.org/events/."
Thank you,
Ene Piirak

The Burlington Choral Society will perform a program based on choral music from that remarkable Baltic Republic of Estonia, including what we believe to be the North American premiere of Tõnu Kõrvits' exquisite Kreek's Notebook, which is based on Estonian sacred folk melodies collected by Cyrillus Kreek. This program will also feature a piece commissioned for the BCS by Estonian-American composer Lembit Beecher. Lembit is in a three-year appointment as the first Composer In Residence of Opera Philadelphia in collaboration with Gotham Chamber Opera and Music Theatre Group of New York.  We will also be featuring two pieces by Arvo Pärt, Magnificat and Estonian Lullaby, a selection of orchestral works, and three songs that are sung at the Estonian Song Festival, an event at which a chorus of 30,000 voices sings to an audience of 80,000!