Estonian choir to share rich, enduring musical heritage


HeinavankerDirect from the Baltic state of Estonia, the choral ensemble Heinavanker travels to the NAU campus for a concert of early music and Estonian folksong settings, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14, in Ashurst Hall.

Their program includes folk hymns originating in parishes throughout Estonia, excerpts from the 14th century masses of Barcelona, Toulouse and Tournai, and traditional runic songs arranged by artistic director Margo Kõlar.

Estonia has endured the conflicting political interests of Vikings, Germans, Swedes, Danes, Slavic nations and the former Soviet Union throughout its more than 10,000-year history. It also occupies a spiritual border zone between Eastern and Western Christian traditions. More than 500 traditional folk hymns have been collected and, with the millennia-old tradition of runic songs, testify to Estonia’s rich and enduring musical heritage.

Individual tickets for the Horizons Concert Series are $20 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and NAU faculty and staff, and free for children ages 17 and younger and NAU students with an ID.

For tickets, call (928) 523-5661, toll free (888) 520-7214, or purchase online. Free parking for the Horizons Concert Series is available in Lot P3.