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Estonian National Symphony visits Beaver Creek

Special to the Daily

BEAVER CREEK ” The medieval Baltic Sea walled city of Tallinn will merge with the elegant alpine village of Beaver Creek on March 22, as the internationally renowned Estonian National Symphony Orchestra makes its first and only Colorado stop at the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek, joined by special guest and 2005 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist Joyce Yang.

The esteemed 82-year old orchestra is in the midst of an 18-city U.S. tour, the first time in history the ensemble has performed for American audiences. The Vilar performance is the only Colorado date on the tour.

Symphonic music in Estonia dates back more than 100 years, with the orchestra tracing its roots to Dec. 18, 1926 when it broadcast its first ever concert on Tallinn Radio.

In 2006, the orchestra collaborated with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir for a concert in the Torino Cathedral as part of the cultural program for the XX Olympic Winter Games. Recent recordings include several acclaimed CDs, highlighted by the Grammy Award-winning Sibelius Cantatas with the Estonian National Male Choir and the Ellerhein Girls Choir.

The ensemble is joined by acclaimed soloist Joyce Yang. At 19 years old, Yang was awarded the 2005 silver medal in the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The youngest of the Cliburn Competition’s participants, Yang told reporters, “I’m still dreaming,” following her spectacular finish at one of the world’s most prestigious showcases for young talent.

That dream continued during the summer of 2006 as Yang appeared with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony and the Aspen Symphony, while also opening the season of the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center. That same year, she made her New York Philharmonic debut with Lorin Maazel.

Born in Seoul, Korea, Yang received her first piano lessons at age four from her aunt. By age 10, she had entered the Korean National Conservatory and in 1997, she moved to the United States to begin her studies at the pre-college division of the Julliard School of Music in New York.

The evening’s repertoire will include Summa by Estonian classical composer Arvo Part, Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 by Sergei Rachmaninoff and Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88 by Antonin Dvorack.

Tickets for the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra with Joyce Yang are $75/$95 based on seating, and are available online at, by phone at 888-920-ARTS(2787) or in person at the VPAC box office in Beaver Creek. Tickets are available online 24 hours a day; the box office is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. MST, with additional hours on performance days.

What: Estonian National Symphony Orchestra with Joyce Yang

When: 6:30 p.m., March 22

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek

Cost: $75 and $95

More information: 888-920-2787 or

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