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  • Arts & Events guide
    Centre Valter Soosalu conductor TUESDAY DEC 22 Christmas Concert Estonian National Male Choir 19 00 Tartu St John s Church Valter Soosalu conductor Christmas concert Annely Peebo soprano Jassi Zakharov baritone 19 00 Parnu Concert Hall The Nutcracker ballet 19 00 Estonian National Opera WEDNESDAY DEC 23 Christmas Concert Estonian National Male Choir 18 00 Tallinn St John s Church Valter Soosalu conductor FRIDAY DEC 25 Christmas concert ARSIS handbell ensemble 12 00 Tallinn Estonia Concert Hall 17 00 Parnu Concert Hall SATURDAY DEC 26 Tallinn Boys Choir Katrin Targo soprano 15 00 Tallinn Niguliste Church SUNDAY DEC 27 My Fair Lady operetta musical 17 00 Estonian National Opera TUESDAY DEC 29 Carmen opera 19 00 Estonian National Opera WEDNESDAY DEC 30 Eesti Concert Hennessy New Year s Eve concert 19 00 Johvi Concert Hall Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta K Sidorova accordion Latvia Andres Mustonen conductor Vivaldi Paier Tormis Mozart Piazzolla THURSDAY DEC 31 Tobias String Quartet Lily Marlene Puusepp harp 13 00 Tallinn Town Hall 15 00 Tallinn Town Hall New Year s Fireworks 16 00 Tallinn Gate Tower 18 00 Tallinn Gate Tower Tallinn Chamber Orchestra 17 00 Tallinn Estonia Concert Hall Henning Kraggerud conductor violin soloist Norway New Year s Eve Ball The Waltz King Strauss 19 30 Estonian National Opera FRIDAY JAN 1 2016 New Year s Concert of Hennessy Eesti Concert 18 00 Tallinn Estonia Concert Hall Estonian National Symphony Orchestra P Brathwaite baritone UK K Junhong quitar China Tonu Kaljuste conductor Mozart Soderman Rodrigo Nielsen Adams Kern Weill Talsi Bachfest Tallinn 16 00 Tallinn St John s Church I Sillamaa piano A Uibo organ ML Uibo violin A Leibur violin K Kuchukova soprano KB Chan alto countertenor E Uksvarav tenor conductor J Lia baritone basso Malta Chamber choir Collegium Musicale Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta Music of JS Bach SATURDAY JAN 2 Bachfest Tallinn 16 00 Tallinn Niguliste church Half an Hour with Organ Music E Oganessian organ France Organ works by J S Bach Preludes and fugues chorale preludes SUNDAY JAN 3 Bachfest Tallinn 16 00 Tallinn Niguliste church Half an Hour with Organ Music A Uibo organ Organ works by J S Bach Preludes and fugues chorale preludes Karlsson on the Roof 12 00 Estonian National Opera For young people My Fair Lady Operetta Musical 19 00 Estonian National Opera MONDAY JAN 4 Bachfest Tallinn 16 00 Tallinn Niguliste Church Half an Hour with Organ Music D Kasparovitch organ Organ works by J S Bach Preludes and fugues chorale preludes Bach Gala 19 00 Tallinn Estonia Concert Hal Glasperlenspiel Sinfonietta A Uibo organ D Kasparovitch organ P van Dijk portable organ Netherlands L Orgse harpsichord I Sillamaa harpsichord I Zahharenkova piano ML Uibo violin A Leibur violin O Ainomae oboe A Tammesalu cello Endrik Uksvarav conductor In cooperation with Vth Tallinn Bach Music Festival TUESDAY JAN 5 Bachfest Tallinn 16 00 Tallinn Niguliste church Small Organ Gala Concert A Uibo organ Estonia D Kasparovitch organ Estonia E Oganessian organ France M Oidekivi Kaufmann organ Estonia P van

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  • Grammy Award nominations: A family affair for Latvian musicians
    legends Serge Koussevitzky Charles Munch Erich Leinsdorf William Steinberg Seiji Ozawa and James Levine Nelsons has had an intimate musical journey with Shostakovich s work Born in Riga in 1978 into a musical family he initially began his career as an orchestral trumpeter in the Latvian National Opera Orchestra Nelsons then pursued conducting studies and was trained in the Soviet musical tradition with Alexander Titov in St Petersburg and later with Latvian conductor Mariss Jansons Opolais who was nominated in the Best Classical Solo Vocal Album category appears on Jonas Kaufmann s new album Nessun Dorma The Puccini Album Conducted by Antonio Pappano it features the Orchestra Dell Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia from Rome and the Coro Dell Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia Released on the Sony Classical label this recording features some of Puccini s most stupendous tenor arias Kaufmann who has been described by The Daily Telegraph as the greatest tenor of our day stated of his musical collaboration on this recording with Opolais I was also extremely lucky that Kristine Opolais my partner in two stage productions of Manon Lescaut was able to record a number of scenes with me Opolais 35 was born in Rezekne Latvia and frequently collaborates with Nelsons She has come to world prominence for what The New York Observer has described as a soaring voice and penetrating theatrical presence I met Kristine in the fall of 2008 in Prague through the wonderful Czech tenor Pavel Cernoch who has sung frequently with Mme Opolais also in Riga said Green I had been interested in Kristine for some time before that and had followed the development of her career closely Green has close ties with Riga His grandfather the noted Polish German composer and conductor Ignatz Waghalter whose compositions is currently having a revival was appointed musical director at the National Opera in Riga for the 1931 1932 season During this time Waghalter played an active role in the musical life of the city Opolais has sung in the leading opera houses of the world and has more than fulfilled her mother s dream of becoming an internationally renowned opera star She commenced her career as a member of the chorus with Latvian National Opera in 2001 and in 2003 she became a soloist at the Latvian National Opera It was while engaged at the Latvian National Opera that Kristine Opolais met Andris Nelsons Opolais and Nelsons married in 2011 at the Latvian National Opera during Nelsons tenure as principal conductor there I was extremely impressed by the level of the performances in the theatre I am a great admirer of Andrejs Zagars both as a stage director and an as intendant and it was during his term there that the entire musical world became aware of what was happening in the opera in Riga said Green Firstly with the astonishingly exciting work of maestro Andris Nelsons there and then also with the emergence of many artists either from Riga or singing there

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  • Strange choices in Latvian National Opera’s ‘Die Fledermaus’
    libretto in the vernacular of the audience while maintaining the German arias and choruses the nuances of Strauss vocal writing could not be maintained in translation This somewhat unorthodox choice was a good one the audience which included Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis responded to the humor and irony in the edited libretto by Peteris Petersons Inga Slubovska Kancevica delivered her Adele with particularly acute comedic timing It was somewhat surprising given Freibergs acting background that the acting was particularly weak from several performers Apeinis lines felt forced and ill timed while Bramanis overplayed the gregariousness of his Alfred With most roles double or triple cast in this season s production it s possible that other performers will offer more convincing presentations In line with the choice to speak Latvian was the directorial choice to set the production in a modern day bourgeoisie society In his program notes Freibergs states his desire for the production to serve as a mirror to our own virtues and faults However upon looking at the over the top Miami esque stage design and flamboyant costumes one wonders who Freibergs expected to attend the production With dialogue referencing Vienna spoken language in Latvian and a borderline tropical stage design it seemed as if aesthetic decisions were made with no clear vision in mind Equally confusing was the choreography of Alberts Kivlenieks the awkward movements demanded of Slubovska Kancevica and Apeinis made the production look amateurish The LNO Orchestra anchored this production with strong all around playing and particularly impressive solo passages from Principal Oboist Peteris Endzelis Liepins should be commended for bringing dynamic contrast and steady tempos to The Waltz King s lengthy score waltz numbers that could have been unremarkable felt fresh and lively Krisjanis Norvelis should be commended for an all around well sung

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  • News search
    called for mutually respectful dialogue between Moscow and Tallinn 13 Read More Lithuania receives 131 26 million euros for Rail Baltica project Lithuania has received 131 26 million euros in European Union s support for the first phase of the Rail Baltica project 13 Read More Chair of Latvian Parliamentary Committee Turkey must maintain dialogue with Russia over SU24 incident According to Solvite Aboltina the chairwoman of the Latvian parliamentary committee on national security it is paramount that Turkey maintains Read More Grybauskaite meets with National Security and Defence Committee Lithuania s President Dalia Grybauskaite met with members of the National Security and Defence Committee on November 25 to discuss ways of Read More Lithuanian defence and National Security chairman blames Russia for Turkey incident Following the shooting down of a Russian Air Force Sukhoi SU 24 bomber over Turkish airspace Arturas Paulauskas the chairman of the Lithuanian Read More Lithuanian FoMin downing of Russian plane highly serious incident denies activation of NATO Article 4 According to Lithuania s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius the downing of the Russian Air Force Sukhoi SU 24 in Turkish air space is a Read More Lithuanian mission to NATO downing of Russian warplane over Turkey not unexpected The downing of the Russian Air Force Sukhoi SU 24 fighter plane for an alleged violation of Turkish airspace was not unexpected s Read More Previous 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 Next Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly

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  • Taiwan voted one of world’s best tourist destinations
    creative hand the parks themselves are Taiwan s natural treasure houses These jewels include the Taroko National Park a narrow ravine cutting through mountains Yushan National Park Taiwan s highest landmark and Northeast Asia s highest peak Shei pa National Park magnificent steep slopes Yangmingshan National Park volcanic craters and lakes Kenting National Park the only tropical region in Taiwan Kinmen National Park white coral and shell beaches among other geological wonders Last but certainly not least Taijiang National Park s cultural and natural attractions will leave one breathless Taipei s unique night markets Colourful and vibrant Amazing diverse food Try the snake wine Food culture is important to the Taiwanese Taipei s culinary traditions offer an enormous variety of typical Taiwanese snacks and are unique throughout the world Famous and unique dishes range from oyster omelettes to fried rice noodles tempura Tainan Danzai noodles Taiwanese spring rolls rice tube pudding and braised pork rice all delicacies Food is inexpensive and delicious Each edible specialty provides insight into the people of the area from which it originated Four of the most well known night markets in Taipei each having its own traditions and characteristics include the Keelung Night Market famous for its pot edged pancake soup shaved ice Tempura fried sandwiches bean noodle thick soup and shrimp Taiwanese ball The Shilin Night Market offers various cuisines including steak hot stuffed dumplings little cakes wrapped in big cake sliced noodles liver soup squid thick soup oyster omelette The 600 metre Raohe Street Night Market popular with tourists is where many herb steamed sparerib restaurants are located The Huaxi Night Market one of the most famous night markets in Taiwan which attracts numerous foreigners and locals alike is famous for its snake meat and snake wine pot edged pancake soup salty rice pudding freshwater turtle meal seafood cuisine National Palace Museum One of the world s top museums The National Palace Museum Taipei s most popular tourist attraction encompasses a collection covering 10 000 years of Chinese history from the Neolithic age to the late Qing Dynasty The museum consists of over 696 000 pieces housing one of the world s most unique and largest collections of ancient Chinese imperial artefacts and artworks The National Palace Museum is considered one of the most prominent and highly ranked museums of the world Its collection is housed over four levels which feature rare books Qing and Ming dynasty furniture religious sculptures and an orientation gallery allowing visitors to gain an overview of the Chinese dynasties Visitors can also view an impressive array of paintings and calligraphy as well as gaining an insight into the history of Chinese ceramics There is a unique and priceless array of items The jade collection alone is stunning covering weapons teapots jewellery and ritual objects The most popular item in the collection which has drawn international attention is undoubtedly the hand carved Jadeite Cabbage Shaped as a cabbage head its ruffled semi translucent leaves feature two grasshoppers camouflaged in

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  • Lithuania’s Impuls cleared to acquire Estonia’s Arctic Sport
    Impuls LTU has been cleared by the Estonian competition authority to acquire Freewill OU owner of the Arctic Sport fitness centers in Estonia Freewill board member Rein Reitalu told BNS in November that ownership change will not change the daily activity of the company in Estonia We have clearly agreed that the current management will stay on The same persons will continue we ll continue operating under the same brand we ll just have bigger opportunities he said After the deal is closed I The article you requested can be accessed only by subscribing to the online version of The Baltic Times If you are already subscribed to The Baltic Times please authorize yourself Log In In case you don t have a subscription yet please visit our SUBSCRIPTION section Comments Related Articles Households purchasing power growing rapidly in Estonia Chief economist on Euro arrival and Rouble spiral Europe s Shadow Budget Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Small science delivers big results Sluggish times for Estonia s exports Kazakhstan following Russia s lead bans Baltic fish Estonia s anti money laundering laws clamp down on Bitcoin traders Subscribe A subscription to The Baltic Times is a cost effective way of staying in touch with the latest Baltic news and views enabling you full access from anywhere with an Internet connection Subscribe Now About The Baltic Times The Baltic Times is an independent monthly newspaper that covers latest political economic business and cultural events in Estonia Latvia and Lithuania Born of a merger between The Baltic Independent and The Baltic Observer in 1996 The Baltic Times continues to bring objective comprehensive and timely information to those with an interest in this rapidly developing area of the Baltic Sea region Read

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  • Estonian hotels expect few tourists for turn of the year
    applies to tourists expected to arrive from Russia We can in no way confirm today that the number of Russian tourists is back on an upward path The market is standing at the level to which it fell a couple of years ago Liivamagi said In her words Estonia remains an attractive destination for Russian tourists but the weak ruble is limiting all sort of consumption first of all spending outside Russia The overall situation wasn t bad in the fall in terms of Tallinn hotels as occupancy rates improved somewhat in October and November But at the same time we know that growth did not extend to all of Estonia she said Room prices have fallen and expenses have risen thus the sector as a whole and entrepreneurs profitability in particular still remain under fairly strong pressure The rise in the number of Asian tourists looks nice percentage wise but is still small in absolute numbers But recognition is due to all people and institutions who are working in the name of new markets Liivamagi said The number of Russian tourists has decreased in annual comparison in all months of this year In the first eight months their number fell 38 per cent to 41 803 tourists The total number of tourists staying at Estonia s accommodation establishments meanwhile increased 8 5 per cent to 832 537 Comments Related Articles Households purchasing power growing rapidly in Estonia Chief economist on Euro arrival and Rouble spiral Europe s Shadow Budget Subscribe Advertise Log In Please enter your username and password Forgot your password Login Related Articles Small science delivers big results Sluggish times for Estonia s exports Kazakhstan following Russia s lead bans Baltic fish Estonia s anti money laundering laws clamp down on Bitcoin traders Subscribe A subscription to

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  • Latvian regulator hits Privatbank with record fine for Moldova bank fund laundering
    Moldovan businessman whose parents came from the small Romanian speaking former Soviet republic The elaborate transactions involving shell companies in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong are outlined in a report by Kroll Inc a private corporate fraud investigator The Kroll report was the basis for the Latvian regulator s investigation and action The report says that companies connected to Shor allegedly siphoned funds in the form of suspect loans to offshore and shell entities using Privatbank and two other Latvian banks According to Kroll Shor moved tens of billions of Moldovan leu up to 1 billion US dollars from the three Moldovan banks to offshore and shell companies in late 2014 leading to the collapse of the banks Shor has denied any complicity in the the activities described in the Kroll report Privatbank issued a statement after the FCMC decision saying that it categorically disagrees with the FCMC decision and sees it as superficial and erroneous because the Moldovan funds mentioned were not found in Privatbank accounts The transactions that the FCMC mentions as violations were done with Privatbank funds In the course of the transactions Privatbank helped customers refinance from one lender to another The bank said it would comply with the FCMC order to change its management and board of directors and would decide on further actions after receiving the full text of the regulators decision an indication that it could appeal paying the fine demanded by the FCMC Elina Avotina a spokesperson for the FCMC said that Privatbank had a right to seek a review of the regulator s decision or to challenge it in court She declined to disclose what part of the funds allegedly moved through the Latvian banking system had been handled by Privatbank Avotina also declined to comment on whether other Latvian banks were being investigated and said the investigation of the movement of Moldovan funds through Latvia was continuing She said the last time the FCMC imposed a large fine on a financial institution it was for around 142 000 euros in 2013 the case of an unnamed bank fined for laundering funds from the Magnitsky Hermitage case Latvia s bank regulator has faced criticism earlier for failing to enforce the anti money laundering legislation the country adopted ahead of joining the Eurozone In a 2013 article by Andrew Bown of Boston College and Mark Galeotti Professor of Global Affairs at New York University s Centre for Global Affairs the authors wrote that Despite the improvements though Latvia has been either unwilling or unable in many instances to take action against revealed instances of money laundering and financial malfeasance For example when it comes to sanctioning banks the inability of the FCMC to levy large fines compared to the vast amounts of capital transiting banks contributes to the limited utility of the threat of sanction Since 2006 the FCMC has imposed the maximum penalty six times and each time has refused to name the bank in question the article states The

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