It is difficult to put into words how unique the Leigo Lake Music Festival is. As has now become tradition, this symbiosis of nature, music and light takes places on a glorious summer weekend and sees masterful art and mysterious forests melt into one. Along with the audience at this year’s festival, HAAGE Natural Mineral Water enjoyed a number of fantastic performances by musicians, dancers and artists.
For 22 years now, Leigo Farm’s owner Tõnu Tamm has been putting his heart and soul into music and nature chiming in harmony. He has won many followers and been joined in his crusade by a number of Estonian musicians whose talent is recognised and celebrated around the world: Neeme Järvi, Kristjan Järvi, Veljo Tormis, Eri Klas, Risto Joost and others.
The setting for the festival is a picturesque landscape of lakes and rolling hills in Southern Estonia, with the performers taking to stages either among the trees or on the water, with the audience lining the shore. It is the surrounding land, fire and water that make the well-chosen music at Leigo so special and such a drawcard. Word of the festival has spread far and wide and the number of people attending it from abroad is constantly rising, since wonders likes this are becoming harder and harder to find in the world: a stunning combination of untouched nature, wonderful music and an amazing light show. The artistic director for this year’s festival was Marius Järvi, while Risto Joost served as its artistic advisor.
This year saw the 50th birthday of composer Tõnu Kõrvits celebrated with a musical journey through the woods entitled ‘Thule Patterns’. The Leigo theatre stage was reopened among the trees especially for the performance. Those taking part, both artists and audience, wound their way along a forest path where the music of Kõrvits was interwoven with performances, light installations and unspoiled nature. Singing, playing and performing were the Helü Chamber Choir, a string quartet (Egert Leinsaar, Sandra Klimaitė & Theodor Sink from the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Linda-Anette Verte from the Vanemuine Theatre), organist Ulla Krigul, saxophonist Virgo Veldi, dancer Anna Kristin McCarthy and actor Toomas Täht. The director was Andri Luup, while Indrek Leht was the artist behind the light show.
Also performing were the renowned vocal ensemble Latvian Voices, the Leigo Festival Orchestra and soloists led by conductor Risto Joost, who presented arias from Bizet’s Carmen, Hungarian Dances by Brahms and Dvořák’s cello concerto and New World symphony. Estonia’s own international opera stars Annely Peebo and Mati Turi also took to the stage, where they were joined by a surprise guest making his debut before an orchestra – Southern Estonia’s young violin virtuoso, Uku Toots.