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Lahti Sibelius Festival 2017 – Update

Lahti Symphony Orchestra in the Sibelius Hall (photo: © Juha Tanhua)
Lahti Symphony Orchestra in the Sibelius Hall (photo: © Juha Tanhua)

Programmes have now been announced for the 2017 Sibelius Festival in Lahti.

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s 18th International Sibelius Festival will take place at the Sibelius Hall from 30 August until 3 September 2017, and its artistic director is Dima Slobodeniouk, principal conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. There will also be a guest appearance by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali as well as chamber concerts and other events. This year’s theme is the centenary of Finland’s independence. The festival is also part of the national ‘Finland 100’ programme of events.

Click here to see the programme information and to find out about Sibelius One’s group visit to the festival.

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Gothenburg in Lahti

The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Santtu-Matias Rouvali
The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra and Santtu-Matias Rouvali (Photo: © Ola Kjelbye Fotografi AB)

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra has invited the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra to perform at the concert in the Sibelius Hall on Friday 1 September 2017 as part of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s 18th International Sibelius Festival. The GSO will be conducted by Santtu-Matias Rouvali, the rising star conductor, originally from Lahti, who takes over as principal conductor in Gothenburg in autumn and will bring his new orchestra to his home town right away. It will be the first foreign visit by Rouvali together with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (the National Orchestra of Sweden).

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Santtu-Matias Rouvali (photo: © Kaapo Kamu)

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s 18th International Sibelius Festival will take place at the Sibelius Hall from 30 August until 3 September 2017, and its artistic director is Dima Slobodeniouk, principal conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra. In addition to the concert by the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, there will be three concerts by the Lahti Symphony Orchestra under Slobodeniouk’s baton (Wednesday 30 August, Thursday 31 August and Saturday 2 September), as well as chamber concerts and other events. The theme of the programmes of music by Sibelius is the centenary of Finland’s independence, and the orchestral concerts will include, among other works, the Second and Fifth Symphonies, Spring Song, En saga, The Wood-Nymph and the Press Celebrations Music; further details of the repertoire will be announced shortly. The festival is also part of the national ‘Finland 100’ programme of events.

Click here for information about Sibelius One’s group visit to the Sibelius Festival 2017.

Dima Slobodeniouk, artistic director of the Sibelius festival, regards the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra’s visit as a landmark in the festival’s history: ‘One of Sibelius’s most important champions outside Finland was the composer and conductor Wilhelm Stenhammar, who was principal conductor of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra from 1907 until 1922. When we speak of Finland’s independence, we should remember that the year 1917 marks an important phase in Sibelius’s life as well, when knowledge of his music was spreading rapidly internationally, and the Gothenburg orchestra played an important part in this’.

Sten Cranner, general manager and artistic director of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, says that the orchestra is genuinely honoured by and grateful for the invitation to perform at the Lahti Sibelius Festival in 2017. ‘Most of all because Jean Sibelius is so important for the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra’s repertoire, history and identity, but it’s certainly also very special for us in that we will make a guest appearance at the festival for the first time in Finland’s anniversary year. This will also be our very first concert outside Sweden with our new chief conductor, Santtu-Matias Rouvali.’

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The Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, one of Europe’s most highly renowned symphony orchestras, was founded in 1905. The orchestra played Sibelius’s music for the first time in 1907, performing the Second Symphony under the baton of Armas Järnefelt. In the decades that followed, the Second Symphony featured on the orchestra’s programmes so often that it became an unofficial calling card.

In February 1911 Sibelius conducted his own music in Sweden for the first time, with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra (in works including Pohjola’s Daughter and the Third Symphony), and in 1915 Sibelius’s only wartime trip abroad took him to Sweden, where he conducted his own music in Gothenburg. He visited Gothenburg again to conduct his own works in 1923, and dedicated his Sixth Symphony – completed that year – to Stenhammar. When Stenhammar died in 1927, Sibelius wrote: ‘In all my life I have never met such a noble and idealistic person as Wilhelm Stenhammar. I am proud that I could count myself among his friends. He meant so much to my art! How infinitely empty it feels now that he is no longer with us.

The orchestra’s strong Sibelius tradition continued even after Stenhammar’s time, for example with the conductor Neeme Järvi, who recorded two cycles of Sibelius symphonies in Gothenburg (for BIS and Deutsche Grammophon). Among the BIS Sibelius recordings are also numerous world premières, for instance of the opera The Maiden in the Tower, the Overtures in A minor and E major, Ballet Scene and Academic March.

Source: Lahti Symphony Orchestra press release

 

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Works that speak to each other – Lahti Sibelius Festival 2016

Dima Slobodeniouk (photo: © Marco Borggreve)
Dima Slobodeniouk (photo: © Marco Borggreve)

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s 17th International Sibelius Festival will take place at the Sibelius Hall in Lahti on 8th–11th September 2016. The three orchestral concerts will be conducted by the orchestra’s chief conductor and the festival’s new artistic director, Dima Slobodeniouk. The full programme for the festival – including chamber music concerts and other Sibelius-themed events – will be published later.

Programmes for the 2016 Sibelius Festival’s orchestral concerts

Thursday 8th September 2016
Pohjola’s Daughter
Tapiola
Symphony No. 1

Friday 9th September 2016
The Dryad
The Tempest, concert suite
Symphony No. 4

Saturday 10th September 2016
Pan and Echo
Pelléas et Mélisande
Symphony No. 3

Slobodeniouk: ‘Not everything in music can be – or needs to be – explained’

The conductor Dima Slobodeniouk believes in music in its own right, and in its power as an absolute art form. ‘In my opinion Sibelius’s works prove that not everything in music can be – or needs to be – explained. Of course historical facts can deepen our understanding, but the music itself remains the primus motor’, says Slobodeniouk. ‘For the orchestral concerts at the 2016 Sibelius Festival I have chosen works from different periods that, I feel, speak to each other. One of the programmes consists of works that Sibelius composed in successive years: Pelléas et Mélisande in 1905, Pan and Echo in 1906 and the Third Symphony in 1907. I feel that there is such a clear thread that unites them all that I could not fail to play them in proximity to each other. In the other orchestral programmes I have aimed both for contrasts and for musical affinities.’

Sibelius One will be organizing a group booking for the 2016 Sibelius Festival. Details will be announced in due course.

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Source: Lahti Symphony Orchestra press release

Lahti Sibelius Festival: Song Recital

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Erica Back at the Third International Sibelius Singing Competition (Photo: © Heikki Tuuli)

The programme for the song recital at this year’s Sibelius Festival in Lahti (on Sunday 6th September at 11 am) has been announced.

The recital will be given by the mezzo-soprano Erica Back, second prize winner at this year’s International Sibelius Singing Competition, with the pianist Kristian Attila.

Våren flyktar hastigt [Spring Flies Speedily], Op. 13 No. 4
Se’n har jag ej frågat mera [Since Then I Have Questioned No Further], Op. 17 No. 1
Sov in! [Go to Sleep!], Op. 17 No. 2
Vilse [Astray], Op. 17 No. 4
Lastu lainehilla [Driftwood], Op. 17 No. 7
Im Feld ein Mädchen singt [In the Field a Maid Sings], Op. 50 No. 3
Rosenlied [Song of the Roses], Op. 50 No. 6
Die stille Stadt [The Silent City], Op. 50 No. 5
Aus banger Brust [From Anxious Heart], Op. 50 No. 4
Hertig Magnus [Duke Magnus], Op. 57 No. 6
Soluppgång [Sunrise], Op. 37 No. 3
Lasse Liten [Little Lasse], Op. 37 No. 2
Den första kyssen [The First Kiss], Op. 37 No. 1
Kyssen [The Kiss], Op. 72 No. 3
Bollspelet vid Trianon [Tennis at Trianon], Op. 36 No. 3
Men min fågel märks dock icke [But My Bird is Long in Homing], Op. 36 No. 2
Demanten på marssnön [The Diamond on the March Snow], Op. 36 No. 6
Säv, säv, susa [Sigh, Sigh, Sedges], Op. 36 No. 4
Narciss [Narcissus], JS 140

The programme will also include two piano solo pieces:
Björken [The Birch], Op. 75 No. 4
Granen [The Spruce], Op. 75 No. 5

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Lahti Sibelius Festival 2015: piano music programmes

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Programmes have been announced for the two piano concerts in this year’s International Sibelius Festival in Lahti.

Folke Gräsbeck / Tuesday 1st September / 4.30 pm / Kalevi Aho Hall
[Aubade] in A flat major, JS 46
Largo in A major, JS 117 (Kesälahti version)
Andantino in D major ‘Till Emma Kristina Marie-Louise Berndtson. Lulu’
Lento in E major, JS 119
[Polka] ‘Aino’ in C minor
Adagio in E major, JS 13
Thirteen Pieces, Op. 76
Souvenir, Op. 99/3
Moment de valse, Op. 99/7
Five Romantic Compositions, Op. 101
Morceau romantique sur un motif de M. Jacob de Julin, JS 135b
Landscape II (1928–29)

Paavali Jumppanen / Thursday 3rd September / 3 pm / Kalevi Aho Hall
Kyllikki, Op. 41
Five Pieces ‘The Flowers’, Op. 85
Sonatina No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 67/1
Five Characteristic Impressions, Op. 103
Sonatina No. 3 in B flat minor, Op. 67/3

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Lahti International Sibelius Festival 2015: update

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra in the Sibelius Hall. Photo: © Juha Tanhua
The Lahti Symphony Orchestra in the Sibelius Hall. Photo: © Juha Tanhua

The music to be performed at three of the chamber concerts at the 2015 Lahti Sibelius Festival has been announced and is as follows:

Wednesday 2.9.2015 at 4.30 pm – Kalevi Aho Hall
Jaakko Kuusisto, violin – Heini Kärkkäinen, piano
En glad musikant (A Happy Musician) for solo violin, JS 70
Three Pieces for violin and piano, Op. 116
Sonata in F major for violin and piano, JS 178
Five Danses champêtres, Op. 106

Friday 4.9.2015 at 3 pm – Kalevi Aho Hall
Sibelius Piano Trio
Piano Trio in C major, ‘Lovisa’, JS 208
Piano Trio in D major, ‘Korpo’, JS 209

Saturday 5.9.2015 at 12.30 pm – Kalevi Aho Hall
Tempera Quartet
Adagio in D minor, JS 12
String Quartet in D minor, Op. 56 ‘Voces intimae’
Andante festivo, JS 34a

Please contact us at the latest by 15th December 2014 if you wish to be part of the Sibelius One group at the Festival in 2015, as tickets and hotel rooms are selling out FAST. Further information on the page ‘Visit Finland’.

Chamber Concerts at the 2015 Lahti Sibelius Festival

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Provisional details of the chamber concerts at the International Sibelius Festival in Lahti in September 2015 Chamber Music Concerts have been announced and are listed below. Further information will be made available when it is confirmed. Early indications are that demand for tickets for the 2015 festival will be exceptionally high. If you are considering attending as part of the Sibelius One group booking, please let us know as soon as possible – details here.

Tuesday 1.9.2015 at 4.30 pm – Kalevi Aho Hall (Lahti Music Institute, Hämeenkatu 4)
Folke Gräsbeck, piano
Tickets: €19 (or discount if you have bought the tickets for all orchestra concerts: €15)

Wednesday 2.9.2015 at 4.30 pm – Kalevi Aho Hall
Jaakko Kuusisto, violin – Heini Kärkkäinen, piano
Tickets: €19 (or discount if you have bought the tickets for all orchestra concerts: €15)

Thursday 3.9.2015 at 3 pm – Kalevi Aho Hall
Paavali Jumppanen, piano
Tickets: €19 (or discount if you have bought the tickets for all orchestra concerts: €15)

Friday 4.9.2015 at 3 pm – Kalevi Aho Hall
Sibelius Piano Trio
Tickets: €19 (or discount if you have bought the tickets for all orchestra concerts: €15)

Saturday 5.9.2015 at 1.30 pm – Kalevi Aho Hall
Tempera Quartet
Tickets: €19 (or discount if you have bought the tickets for all orchestra concerts: €15)

Sunday 6.9.2015 at 11 am Sibelius Hall
Sibelius on a Sunday Morning
The winner of the Third International Sibelius Singing Competition
Tickets: €24 (or discount if you have bought the tickets for all orchestra concerts: €20)

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