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November 4, 2013

Famed Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir to perform at Purdue

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir

Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Chor
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West Lafayette, Ind. – The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir will perform at the St. Thomas Aquinas sanctuary at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20. This performance is presented by Purdue Convocations.

Choral performance is a binding thread in Estonia's tapestry of cultural and political history. Laulupidu - an amateur choral event in Tallinn, Estonia, that draws more than 25,000 singers - had its formative roots in Estonia's 19th-century crusade toward self-government. More than a century later, the Singing Revolution's choral protests helped the nation regain independence from the Soviet Union. Founded in 1981 by Tõnu Kaljuste and now conducted by Daniel Reuss, the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir is a premier ensemble formed from this tradition.

The group has earned a Grammy Award and many nominations for its pristine and evocative recordings on the ECM, Harmonia Mundi and Virgin labels, and has been lauded during its frequent tours through Europe, Canada, Japan and the United States. Its Purdue program of sacred and liturgical pieces will center upon works from Estonian composers Arvo Pärt, Veljo Tormis, Cyrillus Kreek and Mart Saar, along with a work by Ukrainian composer Galina Grigorjeva.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for children 18 and younger, Purdue students and Ivy Tech Lafayette students. Tickets are available at the Elliott Hall and Stewart Center box offices at 765-494-3933 or 800-914-SHOW. Group discounts are also available to groups of 10 more. Call 765-496-1977 for more details or visit http://www.convocations.org/group-sales/

Initiated in 1902, Purdue Convocations was one of the first professional performing arts presenters in the United States. Each year, Convocations offers the region 20-30 performances of widely varying genres. Purdue Convocations aims to promote frequent exposure to and familiarity with human cultural expression in a multitude of forms and media.

Source: Abby Eddy, Purdue Convocations director of marketing, 765-494-9712, aeeddy@purdue.edu