mellow fruitfulness

The first time I saw the Tartu University Academic Women’s Choir (Tartu Ülikooli Akadeemiline Naiskoor) performing live was last summer in Toronto. The Toronto Estonian community had gathered eagerly at Trinity-St Paul’s United Church in the Annex to see one of the top Estonian women’s choirs perform, and to hear the premier of a piece by Toronto’s own Riho Maimets, a talented young Estonian-Canadian composer. After work, I rushed over to the church in the hot summer sun, still in my suit. Many family friends were there as well, all of us excited – a choir from Estonia! What a delight.

The concert was lovely – the repertoire was beautiful, the ladies in the choir seemed to be really into the music, and the conductor was obviously very talented. And I had also never seen a choir with such flattering and beautiful uniforms (cf the Toronto Children’s Chorus trauma-inducing burgundy…

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