“Gaudeamus 2018” Programme
9 p.m. The festival’s fire-lighting ceremony and torchlight parade
The festival’s fire-lighting ceremony festival will take place at the Gaudeamus Rock in Kassitoome Valley. A ‘time wheel’ of straw and chaff will be located in the valley, which will be lit to the accompaniment of spells and incantations sung by the choirs. The torches of maestros Alo Ritsing and Vaike Uibopuu will be lit from the festival fire, who will then light thousands of smaller torches. The fire will burn throughout the festival in a lantern in the Tartu City Hall and be visible to the townspeople through the celebration. Beautiful choral music and fire spells will be heard at the ceremony. When the torches of the participating choirs have been lit, the participants will proceed in a torchlight parade to Vabaduse Blvd. The event is free.
11 p.m. A spectacular opening ceremony: Carmina Burana with fire, light and wondrous music
The Gaudeamus opening ceremony will take place on Vabaduse Blvd, the shores of the river Emajõgi, on the Kaarsild Bridge and on the river Emajõgi.
Carmina Burana will be staged as its author Carl Orff wished – the performance will include an extensive staged spectacle, with dances, striking costumes, and decorations. There will also be lighting and water effects and pyrotechnics. Estonia’s best sound, light and video artists will be involved.
Under Tõnu Kaljuste’s direction, the best music from Carl Orff’s cantata Carmina Burana will be performed by the University of Tartu (UofT) Academic Female Choirs, the Academic Male Choir, UofT Chamber Choirs, UofT Symphony Orchestra, Tallinn University Symphony Orchestra, and Tallinn University of Technology Female Choir. The soloists will be Arete Teemets and Atlan Karp. Mart Koldits will direct the opening ceremony; the fire sculpture artist is Tiiu Kirsipuu; musical director is Edmar Tuul; video artist is Aljona Movko; lighting artist is Ringo Muhhin; and producer is Indrek Leht. The event is free.
Events are free
Saturday, 23 June 2018
12 noon Spirited programme on the city stages
The Tartu city centre will truly be filled with a festive spirit when various dance and music groups take the stage in Tartu City Hall Square: Von Dorpat (Estonia), POPSID, the University of Tartu brass band (Estonia), Palissander (South Africa), Jauna Nianse (Latvia), Savijalakesed, the Tallinn University of Applied Sciences dance troupe (Estonia), mix troupe from the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy (Estonia), Päkkpöörd, the folk dance troupe from the Estonian Aviation Academy (Estonia), DUENDE belly dancers (Estonia) and JJ-Street dancers (Estonia). Kristjan Lüüs and Laura Niils will be the emcees for the day. The event is free.
5:30 p.m. Special concert by Lithuanian folk musicians for the centenary of the Republic of Estonia
Two hundred and fifty folk musicians and singers will give a special concert at the Estonian National Museum in honour of Gaudeamus and the centenary of the Republic of Estonia. The event is free.
10 p.m. Dance performance: “The Mystery of Midsummer Eve“
Tartu’s Tamme Stadium will fill with mystery and the spirit of blossoming love. At Estonia’s first nocturnal dance celebration, folk dance will be combined with modern dance for the first time in the festival’s long history. We will bring the mystery and mysticism inherent of Midsummer Eve and traditions of three small nations to the stadium.
The idea for the performance is inspired by Juhani Pütsepp’s story, which tells us about a young man and woman who fall in love but are forbidden to be together. Their love brings about a series of adventurous and mysterious events, from which the tradition of Midsummer Eve bonfires is born. This is a romantic story filled with adventure, which seems like an old legend or a myth about the origins of the Midsummer Eve celebrations. The lighting at this performance is almost like an actor – an important and constantly changing character.
Renee Nõmmik is the director, Ardo Ran Varres, the musical designer, and Meelis Lusmägi, the lighting artist.
Sunday, 24 June 2018
12 noon Spirited programme on the city stages
The Tartu city centre will truly be filled with a festive spirit when various dance and music groups take the stage in Tartu City Hall Square: Von Dorpat (Estonia), POPSID, the University of Tartu brass band (Estonia), Palissander (South Africa), Jauna Nianse (Latvia), Savijalakesed, the Tallinn University of Applied Sciences dance troupe (Estonia), mix troupe from the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy (Estonia), Päkkpöörd, the folk dance troupe from the Estonian Aviation Academy (Estonia), DUENDE belly dancers (Estonia) and JJ-Street dancers (Estonia). Kristjan Lüüs and Laura Niils are the emcees for the day. The event is free.
3 p.m. Gaudeamus parade to the Tartu Song Festival Grounds
The almost 4,500 Gaudeamus participants will start the spirited parade to the Tartu Song Festival Grounds from the University of Tartu. As with any proper festival parade, music will be played and songs sung during the lively procession. We invite the spectators to cheer on the marchers! The event is free.
4 p.m. Song festival, concert and performance “The Songs of Midsummer”
“The Songs of Midsummer” performance at the Tartu Song Festival Grounds guides the audience and participants through the millennium and traditions of Midsummer Eve.
The repertoire is based to a large extent on folk songs and folk instruments, but new works will also be performed. For example, music by Andres Lemba and young composer Riivo Jõgi will be included in the programme. The works by both composers were born with the choirs of the three Baltic nations and Midsummer Eve in mind.
On that day, the Tartu Song Festival Grounds will be the place where dance, music, Midsummer traditions, performance art, and the excellent tastes and people of South-Estonia will truly create the celebratory mood of the summer solstice. All the choirs and orchestras from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania that are participating in the festival will take part in the song festival. The guests will be able to eat hearty meals at the Farm Market open at the Song Festival Grounds, where the best food from local producers will be on sale.
Kuno Kerge is the artistic director of the song festival; Alo Ritsing, the honorary director, Ain Mäeots, the producer, and Maarja Meeru, the artist.
The organisers reserve the right to make changes in the programme.