ESTONIAN FOLK HYMNS AND RUNIC SONGS
9 November 2014 | Sunday 3:00 p.m.
St. Philip’s In The Hills Episcopal Church, 4440 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, Arizona
We are delighted to announce the return of the superb Estonian vocal ensemble Heinavanker (The Haywain), founded in 1996 by artistic director Margo Kölar, of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre. The ensemble takes its name from the famous altarpiece by Hieronymus Bosch, which depicts a vast wagonload of hay topped by angelic musicians rolling through a world vexed by agony and greed. This season’s concert explores the haunting sacred music of Estonia, from ancient runic songs to rural folk hymns, often extensively ornamented, of the Lutheran revival.
Heinavanker is frequently heard at festivals and concerts throughout Europe and the United States. The ensemble’s most recent CD, Songs of Olden Times: Estonian Folk Hymns and Runic Songs was released in 2013 by Harmonia Mundi.
“Singing the entire program a cappella, they [Heinavanker] delivered gorgeous melodies with pure, ringing unisons and beautifully balanced harmonies, colored by free deftly woven ornaments.” – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 2013