Direct from the Baltic state of Estonia, the choral ensemble Heinavanker travels to the NAU campus for a concert of early music and Estonian folk song settings on Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Ashurst Hall. The program, part of the NAU Horizons concert series, includes folk hymns originating in parishes throughout Estonia, excerpts from the 14th-century masses of Barcelona, Toulouse, and Tournai, and traditional runic songs arranged by artistic director Margo Kolar.
Estonia has endured the conflicting political interests of Vikings, Germans, Swedes, Danes, Slavic nations and the former Soviet Union throughout its more than 10,000-year history. It also occupies a spiritual border zone between Eastern and Western Christian traditions. More than 500 traditional folk hymns have been collected and, with the millennia-old tradition of runic songs, testify to Estonia’s rich and enduring musical heritage.
Individual tickets for the Horizons Concert Series are $20 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and NAU faculty and staff, and free for children (age 17 and younger) and NAU students with an ID. For tickets call 523-5661, toll free (888) 520-7214 or purchase online at nau.edu/cto. For more concert information, visit nau.edu/music/horizons.
The College of Arts and Letters has provided free parking in Lot P3 for the Horizons Concert Series. Visit nau.edu/maps for directions.
Film festival celebrates 10 years
This week is the 10th anniversary of the Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival. Films will show through Sunday at the Orpheum Theater, Theatrikos, Flagstaff Bike Revolution, Firecreek Coffee and Rendez Vous, in the Monte Vista Hotel. According to a press release, the sessions will share more than 70 films that inspire contemplative thought while encouraging action.
Tonight is the annual Environmental Film Session and will feature the award-winning “Bidder 70,” which centers on an ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience by University of Utah economics student Tim DeChristopher. The session will also serve as a platform for local environmental and conservation efforts including honorary sponsor The Grand Canyon Wildlands Council.
Other films include:
— “After Effects”: about the impact that a small American nonprofit like the Northern Arizona Volunteer Medical Corp can make in post-earthquake Haiti. Haitian participants, NAVMC volunteers and the filmmaker will all be attending the festival.
— “Blood Brother”: an intimate portrait of Rocky Braat, a young man who found a family in an AIDS orphanage in India. Winner of the 2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award.
— “If You Build It”: a film that spends a year in the life of one of America’s most innovative classrooms.
— “Maidentrip”: 14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out-camera in hand-on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone.
— “The Ridge”: the story of a massive rescue attempt on the south face of Annapurna.
New to the film festival will be two morning film talks, a photo exhibit at Criollo, and three mornings of free film screenings with the filmmakers at Rendez Vous.
The Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival is a nonprofit, volunteer run effort. Any profits from the event are reinvested into future festivals and to support the Emerging Filmmaker Program. In addition, a portion of the revenue collected for “Blood Brother” will be donated to the AIDS orphanage in India featured in the film.
For a complete schedule or to purchase tickets visit www.flagstaffmountainfilms.org. Films are played in sessions in which each session has at least two films. Session tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for students. Tickets are available online and at the door. VIP passes are also available.
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