BALTICS

Located in the heart of coastal Northeastern Europe are the three Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. Bordering the Baltic Sea on the east, these three countries have a combined population of just over six million, and a total area nearly the size of the American state of Florida.

 

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Though their cultures and languages are all different, the three nations share common artistic origins, especially in vocal and instrumental folk music and dance that are still vibrant parts of the regional culture today. The respective capital cities of Tallinn, Riga, and Vilnius all boast breathtaking scenery and artistic traditions that performing groups are sure to enjoy.

Imagine walking in the footsteps of famous Baltic composers, such as Estonian Rudolf Tobias, Latvian Jäzeps Vïtols, and Lithuanian Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, all prolific, conservatory-trained musical pioneers in their own countries. The Baltic States have especially rich choral traditions that continue to thrive through living composers like Estonians Arvo Pärt and Veljo Tormis, who worked to preserve their musical culture even through the Soviet occupation of the mid twentieth century. The three nations routinely host a variety of choral and folk music events, including the Estonian Song Festival, Tallinn International Choir Festival, Latvian Song and Dance Festival, and the Lithuanian Song and Dance Celebration. Participants will be exposed to the region’s vast musical history and many performance opportunities, all amidst the celebrated artistic culture of the Baltic States.

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I have only the highest praise for the folks at Music Celebrations. I have travelled four times with them and every trip has been impeccably prepared. You will find your concerts to be well organized and that their long-standing reputation throughout the world will give you access to wonderful venues. As many of our tours have required a great deal of customization, I can attest first hand to their flexibility. We have considered every tour with them a resounding success and I would not hesitate to offer my highest recommendation on their behalf.

Dr. Dan Monek
Marietta College
Marietta, Ohio

 

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