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: August 9, 8 PM, Cathedral of St. Paul

World Youth Choir
Tõnu Kaljuste, conductor


Thomas Tallis
Spem in Alium Nunquam Habui
A motet in Forty parts

Gustav Mahler
Die Zwei Blauen Augen
aus lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (1896)

Gustav Mahler
Ich Bin Der Welt Abhanden Gekommen

Knut Nystedt
Sixteen-Part Chorus of Mixed Voices a Cappella Op. 14

Arvo Pärt
…Wich Was The Son Of…
St. Luke 3,23-38

Nikolai Sidelnikov
from "Cordial Talks"

Ernst Toch
Geographical Fugue

Veljo Tormis
From "Ingerian Evenings"
A Roundelay
Röntuska V
Ending and Going Home

World Youth Choir

  • Only 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.
  • The 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.
  • The 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.
  • A total of eighty singers will be taking part in concerts in: Chicago, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minneapolis.
  • Each 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.
  • Each 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.
  • The 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.
  • Working language is English. The knowledge of passive English is required of all participants

Conductor: Tonu Kaljuste (Estonia)

  • Born in 1953
  • Tõnu 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 Conservatory.
  • In 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.
  • He has been chief conductor of the Swedish Radio Chorus (since 1994) as well as the Nederlands Kamerkoor (since 1998).
  • He 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 in 1993.
  • Besides 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. (ECM 1505)

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