Gallery: Monument to continuity of choir tradition unveiled in Rapla ({{contentCtrl.commentsTotal}})

In the city center of Rapla, a sculpture "Riinimanda Helin" has been opened to celebrate the consistency of the music traditions of young people. The bearer of this during the last 30 years has been the Riinimanda Choir Studio under the guidance of Urve Uusberg.

A sculpture, etitled "Riinimanda Helin", was unveiled in Rapla city center on Monday, celebrating the continuity of the music tradition of the young people of that town. Over the past three decades, one of the bearers of this tradition has been the Riinimanda Choir Studio, under the direction of Urve Uusberg.

For 30 years, the Riinimanda choirs have remained active under Uusberg's leadership, which is why choir alumni came up with the idea of erecting a sculpture at the park located at Rapla City Center School in praise of the music culture of the young people of the central Estonian town.

"It is not a so-called monument but a hint at the fact that we will start to come together here," said Valter Uusberg, Urve's husband and the author of the sculpture. "This is a living location, so that a core could be established for the increasingly growing Riinimanda community."

Among notable alumni of the Riinimanda creative environment are actors Märt Avandi, Uku Uusberg, Mikk Jürjens and Ursel Tilk, composer and conductor Pärt Uusberg, and producer and editor Kristo Elias. Connected by shared memories, Riinimanda has served as a family for them and for current singers alike.

"I have indeed been singing in this choir since I was six years old, and I am now leading the current Riinimanda alongside my mother," said Pärt Uusberg, Urve Uusberg's son. "So this choir has very, very much shaped my life."

"The roads of the people in Riinimanda are joined in the sound that will continue to echo in Rapla," said choir singer Tuudur Tilk. "Mine is still going here in school in Rapla, but I think that this is that school journey, and being able to come home to this family as an alumnus later."

Thus "Riinimanda Helin" is not a monument to Urve Uusberg, but rather a monument to continuity, marking a place to meet in the future as well.

"I certainly don't feel like quitting," Uusberg said. "I am not controlling the future, but this sculpture or this sound will carry me forward, in any case."

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Editor: Roberta Vaino

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