VIDEOS: Birthday greetings arrive from around the world as Arvo Pärt turns 80 ({{commentsTotal}})

A host of famous admirers sent their best wishes to Arvo Pärt, Estonia's most famous composer who turns 80 today, through ETV's weekly program "Pealtnägija." Well-wishers include Barbara Hendricks, Rufus Wainwright, José Manuel Barroso, Steve Reich, and many others.

Swiss opera singer Barbara Hendricks:

CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour:

Portuguese politician José Manuel Barroso:

Swiss documentalist Christian Frei:

 New York composer Steve Reich:

Singer-songwriter and composer Rufus Wainwright:

Japanese composer and musical director Joe Hisaishi:

Several other well-known people, including Mikhail Khodorkovsky, conveyed their messages in Estonia and Russian. You can watch them here.

Editor: M. Oll



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