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20th "The Music of Seven Cities" Festival

The summer festival of twenty concerts, which is being held for the twentieth time, has found for itself a focal place in the heart of the music scene in Ida-Viru County.

The original idea behind the festival - seven days, seven concerts, seven cities - has been developed over the years, and now "The Music of Seven Cities" with its twenty concerts is a grand event which takes place at exciting concert venues all over Ida-Viru County. This year’s programme is a look back at the festival’s history and includes something for any taste, along with familiar places and beloved artists who have delighted the audience again and again over the years. This is balanced by new concert venues for the audience to discover and artists from Estonia and abroad.

Fri, June 29 at 7 p.m. Iisaku Church
Romantic Russian choir music
St Petersburg State Academic Cappella
Conducted by Vladislav Chernushenko
Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and Sviridov, folk music
Ticket 10 €

Fri, June 29 at 7 p.m. Saka Community Centre
Järsumäe Virve’s family ensemble
Kihnu Virve is a warmly-loved Estonian folk singer who has written more than 400 songs.
Ticket 6 €

Sat, June 30 at 8 p.m. Jõhvi Concert Hall
An evening concert of hits from classical music
Arvo Leibur (violin)
Terje Terasmaa (vibraphone)
Heiki Mätlik (guitar)
The programme for this evening concert of hits from classical music includes Hungarian dance, tango, gypsy tunes, samba, and many more memorable pieces of music.
Ticket 10 €, includes a glass of wine or a non-alcoholic drink.

Sun, July 1 at 4 p.m. Narva Museum
Hortus Musicus
Hortus Musicus is classified mainly as an early music ensemble, but their peculiarity lies in a timeless, but not substantially distant, musical style.
Free admission!

Sun, July 1 at 7 p.m. Jõhvi Concert Hall
Gala Grande
The St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra (North-Western Russia)
Peeter Laul (piano)
Lev Klychkov (violin)
Conducted by Gennadi Chernov
Tchaikovsky. Piano Concert No. 1 in B-flat minor, Opus 23; extracts from "Sleeping Beauty", "Swan Lake", "Eugene Onegin"; the 1812 Overture.
Ticket 25/20 €

Tue, July 3 at 7 p.m. Kohtla-Järve Culture Centre
Vocal group Others
Triin Saarela, Liisa Surva,
Dagmar Oja, Mikk Saar,
Bert Pringi, Märten Surva
The group’s aim is to offer to the audience high-quality a cappella adaptations of music by Estonian authors, as well as of internationally-known pop songs. Others also perform their own original music.
Free admission!

Wed, July 4 at 7 p.m. Valgevilla courtyard in Toila
Songs by Urmas Alender
Margus Vaher - vocals
Paul Neitsov - guitar
The concert takes us on a journey through the music of Urmas Alender. "Vaiki, kui võid", "Kui mind enam ei ole", "Teisel pool vett", "Võta mind lehtede varju", and "Kollane koer" are just a few of the highlights from the programme, which is so dear to Estonian hearts.
Ticket 8/6 €

Thu, July 5 at 6 p.m. Sillamäe Culture Centre
"Random Encounter"
René Soom (baritone)
Maris Liloson (soprano)
Siim Selis (piano)
The programme includes timeless and unforgettable memories, inspired by Georg Ots.
Ticket 5 €

Fri, July 6 at 7 p.m. Jõhvi Mihkli Church
"I Like the Land"
Marko Matvere (vocals)
Liisi Koikson (vocals)
Peep Raun (accordion)
Paul Daniel (guitar)
An idyllic concert by the beloved Estonian singers, Marko Matvere and Liisi Koikson. The duo will be performing old maritime songs and ballads, hits by the mild voice of Liisi and, naturally, the ever-popular song, "Tuulevaiksel ööl".
Tickets on presale 12/10 €, on the day of concert 15 €

Sat, July 7 at 8 p.m. Noorus Spa Hotel
"So Perfect"
Birgit Sarrap (vocals)
Peter Põder (guitar)
The programme for this concert includes nice summer music from Estonia and abroad and, naturally, the best pieces from Birgit’s own repertoire.
Free admission!

Sun, July 8 at 5 p.m. Kukruse Polar Manor
Mari Jürjens’s solo concert
Mari Jürjens (Pokinen) is a singer and songwriter. She is accompanied by a guitar on stage. Let’s take a moment to think about the beautiful messages in Mari’s songs, which speak of love, friendship, and life.
Ticket 10/8 €

Tue, July 10 at 7 p.m. Saka Manor
"Summer Evening Songs"
Hedvig Hanson (vocals)
Kalle Pilli (guitar)
The emotional singer Hedvig Hanson is increasingly moving in the direction of simplicity in her music, focussing on being natural. Hedvig and the guitarist Kalle Pilli have found a common language in music-making, with the music being performed by their duo sounding pure and elevating. Hedvig’s original songs express longing, but also peace, her voice exhibiting motherly tenderness as well as feminine sensuality.
Ticket 10/8 €

Wed, July 11 at 7 p.m. Kohtla-Nõmme Mining Museum
Lauri Liiv (vocals)
Jakko Maltis (keyboard instruments and vocals)
All of us have the melodies of ABBA, the greatest pop phenomenon of the twentieth century, in our hearts. The programme includes unforgettable hits, and music which has taken on a life of its own: "Waterloo", "Mamma Mia", "Money, Money, Money", "The Winner Takes it All", and many others.
Ticket 8 €

Thu, July 12 at 7 p.m. Mio Mare restaurant at the Toila Spa hotel
A concert of Adele’s songs
Kaire Vilgats (vocals)
Jakko Maltis (keyboard instruments and vocals)
Kaire and Jakko perform some of Adele’s great songs, versions which have grown out of simple piano adaptations, along with the best pearls of Estonian-language songs which never fail to warm the hearts of the audience. Who of any of Estonia’s native singers best resembles the world-famous Adele in terms of her vocal capability and voice? Who else other than Kaire Vilgats. Adele is a singer and songwriter from the United Kingdom. Her debut album "19" was released in 2008. The album went platinum in just one month (with more than 500,000 copies sold).
Ticket 15 €, with a la carte dinner (two courses + a glass of house wine) 32 €.

Tue, July 12 at 7 p.m. Purtse Castle
MandoTrio’s summer concert
Hans Mihkel Vares, Tanel Sakrits,
Kristjan Kuusmik
MandoTrio is a group of three young, energetic mandolin players, who play classical heritage music as well as their own original compositions. The group was founded in October 2016. In addition to the twang of double strings, MandoTrio uses a stomp-box and octaver to add bass and drums! But why mandolins? Because they cannot get enough of mandolin polkas, a bit of mandolin tremolo always heats up the party! And let’s be honest, how often do you come across three mandolin players?
Ticket 10/8 €

Fri, July 13 at 8 p.m. Toila Harbour
Toila Harbour Pop & Funk James Werts World Project
James Werts (vocal, bass)
Tõnu Hallik (guitar, vocal)
Rain Rämmal (saxophone, keys, vocal)
Andrus Lillepea (drums)
La La Ladies
Kethi Uibomägi
Diana Varik
Inga Tislar
The James Werts World Project is a joint project which brings together a brilliant singer and a bass guitarist from the United States along with top Estonian musicians. The ensemble’s repertoire is extremely wide, including the best jazz, R&B, funk, soul, reggae, pop, and rock pieces. Songs include those by artists such as Sting, Prince, Coldplay, Jamiroquai, Kings of Leon, Earth Wind and Fire, Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Ricky Martin, The Weekend, Pharell Williams, Dire Straits, Daft Punk, and others. Performances by the James Werts World Project are characterized by high levels of energy on stage and by a high level of professionalism.
Free admission!

Sat, July 14 at 5 p.m. Mäetaguse Manor
Unforgettable songs from classic Estonian and Russian films
Mati Turi (tenor)
Hain Hõlpus (piano)
Unforgettable songs from classic Estonian and Russian films are performed at this concert. The programme also includes songs from Estonian plays and ballads by Estonian composers. Included are pieces by Gennadi Podelski, Veljo Tormis, Olav Ehala, Eduard Kolmanovski, Mikael Tariverdiev, Arne Oit, Valter Ojakäär, and others.
Free admission!

Sun, July 15 at 12 noon, Toila Park Café
Lotte’s pancake morning!
Gerli Padar (Lotte)
Sunday mornings and pancakes are undisputed favourites for all families! Lots of little ones love Lotte. This is guaranteed to be an enjoyable, sweet morning full of songs. Bring the entire family!
Free admission!

Sun, July 15 at 4 p.m. Meresuu Spa
The Well-Known and Unknown Jimi Hendrix
Jaak Sooäär (electric guitar)
Robert Linna (vocals)
Henno Kelp (bass guitar)
Kristjan Kallas (drums)
The concert includes famous hits as well as compositions which are played in public less frequently than they deserve. The pieces are not copied or adapted by the musicians who take the stage. The aim is to share the musical joy.
Free admission!

Sun, July 15 at 7 p.m. Jõhvi Concert Hall
Finale of "The Music of Seven Cities"
Jiuming Shen (China, piano)
Haydn. Variations in F minor, Hob. XVII:6
Schumann. Kreisleriana, op 16
Scriabin. Sonata No 5, op 53
Ticket 15/10 €

More information about the festival:
Box office of Jõhvi Concert Hall: 334 2000