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October 21, 2018 - 3:00 PM


Vocal Ensemble

Our 14th season begins with a concert by the Estonian choir Heinavanker. This seven-member group is committed to bringing ancient Estonian runic songs and folk hymns to modern audiences. Their repertoire also includes early English music from John Taverner, William Frye, and Thomas Tallis. In addition to recording for major classical labels, Heinavanker has toured extensively in Europe and North America. 




The vocal ensemble Heinavanker is a unique meeting point for musicians active in different fields. Since 1996 the group under direction of composer Margo Kõlar has delved into early sacred music, our ancestors’ traditions and contemporary imagination. Ancient Estonian runic songs and folk hymns are an important part of Heinavanker’s repertoire.

The name “Heinavanker” originates from Hieronymos Bosch’ (1453-1516) Haywain Triptych. Its allegoric scenes seem as if inspired from today’s life. On this strange painting, there’s a huge stack of hay rolling through a land laboring in acquisitiveness towards destruction. In the midst of this, music arises. Both a snide demon and a praying angel are trying to get the musicians under their domain of influence.


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