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Song and Dance Celebration to take place in Estonia

BC, Tallinn, 17.01.2014.Print version

Various music events are planned in Tallinn in 2014, the Tallinn Tourism organization said in a statement. The unbeatable highlight of this year is most definitely the quinquennial Song and Dance Celebration celebrating its 26th subsequent event, informs LETA.


The tradition itself, however, is a long-standing one, dating back as far as 1869. This massive folk gathering has played an important role in the formation of Estonian national identity throughout the centuries. The three day festival will see thousands of local singers dressed in traditional garments performing local choral compositions. Every festival also hosts many international choirs from all over the world.


The festival will take place on July 4-6, 2014.


Tallinn is also the home of many internationally recognized classical musicians, with the local composer Arvo Pärt nominated for the best contemporary classical composition at this year's Grammy Awards. Pärt's work is much loved in Hollywood, with his Fratres for Cello and Piano playing a major role in Paul Thomas Anderson's film There Will Be Blood. Recently, the British classical music database Bachtrack announced that Pärt was the top living classical composer whose music is performed most frequently around the world.

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