The presentation concert of the new Estonia piano was held in Sloviansk on 20 January

On 20 January was held the presentation concert of the new Estonia piano at the Sloviansk School of Fine Arts. The General Manager of the Estonian National Opera Aivar Mäe took part in the concert.

In October and November, the Estonian National Opera held the charitable campaign “Estonia for Ukraine” to purchase a new Estonia concert piano for the students of the Sloviansk School of Fine Arts. A total of EUR 34,467 was raised as ticket proceeds from charity concerts and donations collected in donation boxes and received from sponsors.

The project was supported by the Ukrainian National Opera, Ukrainian Embassy in Estonia, Ministry of Culture of Estonia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia, Estonian Embassy in Kiev, Estonian Air, KH Energia Konsult, VKG, Postimees and many other companies and persons.

The transport of the piano was entrusted to Movemaster OÜ, DSV Transport AS and Eurodean International Mover Ltd.

Sloviansk is located in Eastern Ukraine and has a population of about 100,000. The city suffered in battles and is now being rebuilt. The Sloviansk School of Fine Arts was also extensively damaged. After restoration, there will be 600 students studying their choice of specialty – singing, music, ballet, and performing arts. The School has a hall that seats 300 and an Estonia piano from the 1970s, which is now due to be replaced.

Estonian National Ballet gives performances in Sevilla on January 8–11

Estonian National Ballet began its trip to Spain today to give 5 performances of “The Nutcracker” in Teatro de la Maestranza in Seville on January 8–11. There are 89 people in the troupe, including 19 students of the Tallinn Ballet School. The leading roles are danced by Ekaterina Oleynik, Alena Shkatula, Abigail Sheppard, Luana Georg, Denis Klimuk, Sergei Upkin and Jonatan Davidsson. The Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra is led by Risto Joost. 500 dance students and journalists will already attend the rehearsal on the morning of January 8. The estimated number of audience is 9500. Teatro de la Maestranza was opened in 1991 and it was conceived to be the main cultural venue of the Seville EXPO in 1992. The seating capacity of the venue is 1800. Last December, the ballet company toured Venice, where Mezzo TV recorded the performances and it was aired within Christmas programme. In Estonia, the performances of “The Nutcracker” are scheduled for January 23 and 25 as well as February 1.



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