August 9, 8 PM, Cathedral of St. Paul
World Youth Choir
Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor
Spem in Alium Nunquam Habui
A motet in Forty parts
Die Zwei Blauen Augen
aus lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (1896)
Ich Bin Der Welt Abhanden Gekommen
Sixteen-Part Chorus of Mixed Voices a Cappella Op. 14
Wich Was The Son Of
St. Luke 3,23-38
from "Cordial Talks"
From "Ingerian Evenings"
Ending and Going Home
choral group of its kind in the world. It gathers together 100
talented young singers aged between 17 and 26 years from every
part of the globe. The Choir was launched in 1990 and convenes
twice a year for its summer and winter international tours. It
is part of the UNESCO "Artists for Peace" program.
World Youth Choir has announced the results of its selection process.
An international jury selected fifty-three new members (out of more
than a hundred applicants) to take part in the WYC Summer Session
in the USA.
choir will include representatives from South Africa, Germany, Austria,
Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Equator, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France,
Great Britain, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lithuania,
Malaysia, Moldavia, New Zealand, Holland, Peru, Poland, Czech Republic,
Slovenia, Sweden, Taiwan, USA, Venezuela and Yugoslavia.
total of eighty singers will be taking part in concerts in: Chicago,
Michigan, Wisconsin, Minneapolis.
year, the Choir is comprised of half new and half re-invited singers.
A singer selected to be in the WYC must go through a difficult auditioning
process, starting with a recommendation from either the national
organization of Jeunesses Musicales, IFCM, or the national choral
organization in their respective country.
country may propose up to 12 singers to an international jury of
choral experts. The final decision, made on the basis of audio cassettes
and written recommendations, rests with the committee.
number of countries represented within the WYC is increasing, with
all continents represented. The quality of singers, musical as well
as personal, is at the highest level, guaranteeing a perfect blend
of artistry and fraternal spirit.
language is English. The knowledge of passive English is required
of all participants
Tonu Kaljuste (Estonia)
Kaljuste received his musical education at the conservatories in
Tallinn (until 1976) and Leningrad (until 1978), working after that
as conductor at the Estonian National Opera and instructor at Tallinn
1981, he began devoting his primary attention on choral music, which
since then has occupied the major portion of his activity. That
year he founded the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Chorus, serving
as artistic director until the end of the previous season.
has been chief conductor of the Swedish Radio Chorus (since 1994)
as well as the Nederlands Kamerkoor (since 1998).
recently resigned from all three of these posts to be able to concentrate
more attention on free-lance work. The only position he has retained
is the direction of the Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, which he founded
the traditional choral repertoire, Tõnu Kaljuste is fond
of contemporary music, especially such Estonian composers as Arvo
Pärt, Erkki-Sven Tüür and Veljo Tormis. His recording
of Pärt's Te Deum was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1995.