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Orchestra Sul Ponticello

Best of Big-Band Music
Viljar P. Weimann, conducto
Decatur, Alabama, United States
Saturday, November 19, 2016 at The Princess Theater
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Orchestra Sul Ponticello

A.Pärt, Collage on the Theme by Bach; Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings
M. Lüdig- Kolm Laulu
Viljar P. Weimann, conductor
Decatur, Alabama, United States
Sunday, October 8, 2016 at The Princess Theater
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Fall Concert

Celebration of Estonian Music
Toronto, Ontario
Venue and Date TBA
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Spring Concert

Celebration of Estonian Music
Toronto, Ontario
Venue and Date TBA
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artists > kunstnik

 

Charles Kipper

Piano

Charles Kipper was born in Toronto in 1951 to Estonian immigrant parents and received his training at the Royal Conservatory and the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto culminating with a Master of Music degree in 1974. As a pianist, Charles has accompanied and has performed with numerous vocalists such as Avo Kittask, Ingemar Korjus and recently Stephen Bell. As a conductor, Charles has directed the Toronto Estonian Male Choir for thirty years and has participated in numerous choral festivals in North America and Estonia. He has also composed for solo voice, mixed choir and male choir.

charleskipper1@gmail.com

Stephen Bell

Tenor

Stephen Bell has sung with opera companies both across Canada, the United States, and in Europe. He was a member of the Calgary Opera Young Emerging Artist Program for the 2006/2007 season Mr. Bell has performed with the city opera Meteske Divadlo Usti Nad Labem, Czech Republic from the 2006-09 seasons and understudied numerous roles at the Canadian Opera Company. In 2013 Stephen released a recording of Estonian Art Song, Kojuigatsus, And Lessons Learned with pianist Charles Kipper. Selections from Kojuigatsus were recently featured in the Estonian Documentary feature documentary film Keepers of the Loom at Estdocs 2014. Stephen and Charles have presented recitals in New York, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and look forward to recitals in Estonia in 2017.

stephenbelltenor@mac.com

Avo Kittask

Baritone

Baritone Avo Kittask studied instrumental music at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He graduated from U of T, Faculty of Music. Avo studied voice with Ernesto Vinci,  Louis Quilico and in Florence, Italy with Tito Gobbi. During his career he has performed with The Canadian Opera Company, Alberta Opera, Manitoba Opera, Cosmopolitan Opera, Sault Sainte Marie Opera, Edmonton Opera, Vancouver Opera, Vanemuine Opera in Tartu Estonia among others and with The Stratford Festival from 1979-84. Among his many leading roles are Germont, Renato, Falstaff (Verdi), Tonio, Marcello, Pizzaro, Eisenstein, Figaro and Mikado (Stratford, Broadway and Old Vic). Avo has recently been singing recitals of lieder and art songs written by Estonian composers and has performed extensively throughout North America and Estonia.

avokittask@rogers.com

Kristina Agur

Soprano

Soprano Kristina Agur recently finished a Master of Music, studying with Wendy Nielsen. This season with UofT Opera she sang Mrs.Nolan (The Medium), premiered the role of The Voice of the Central Committee in The Machine Stops, and brushed up her Russian in The Art of the Prima Donna. This past summer, Kristina performed the role of Dorabella in the Centre for Opera Studies in Italy’s (COSI) production of Cosi fan tutte. Kristina holds a Bachelor of Music (Voice Performance) from University of Toronto, where she studied with Wendy Nielsen and J. Patrick Raftery. Before beginning her studies in voice, Kristina completed her Bachelor of Environmental Science at McMaster University. It was there she got her first taste of solo vocal performance, singing “Qui sedes ad dexteram Patris” from Vivaldi’s Gloria with the McMaster University Choir, conducted by Maestro David Holler

krisagur@gmail.com

Martin Kuuskmann

Bassoonist

Grammy nominated Estonian-born bassoon virtuoso, Martin Kuuskmann with his charismatic and commanding performances throughout the world have earned him repute as one of the leading solo instrumentalists today. The New York Times praised Kuuskmann’s playing as “…the amazing bassoonist…Kuuskmann played stunningly…”Constantly pushing the boundaries for new artistic and technical possibilities, Kuuskmann has premiered eight bassoon concertos, all written and dedicated to him by some of the foremost composers of our time Kuuskmann´s recent performances have included a concert in Carnegie Zankel Hall with American Composers Orchestra and a concert with Kristjan Järvi and Baltic Youth Philharmonic.

krisagur@gmail.com

Viljar Weimann

Conductor

Estonian-born Viljar Puu Weimann has enjoyed a multifaceted career as a conductor and violinist for more than two decades. Currently he holds the position of Music Director/Conductor of Orchestra Sul Ponticello in Decatur, AL; for ten years he worked as Music Director of the Shoals Symphony in Florence, AL. An international conductor, Viljar has conducted throughout Europe, and in Canada as well as the United States. He has produced one CD conducting Orchestra Collegium Consonante/ Tallinn, in the works of Canadian Composer Kaljo Raid. He is also President of the Estonian Arts Center in Toronto, Canada.

weimann@bellsouth.net