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Lahti International
Sibelius Festival 2021

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s 22nd International Sibelius Festival will take place at the Sibelius Hall from 2–5 September 2021, and its artistic director is Dalia Stasevska, the new principal conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra.

Dalia Stasevska (Photo: © Nikolaj Lund)

SIBELIUS FESTIVAL 2021
2–5 September 2021

THURSDAY 2 September

7 pm KULLERVO                 
Timo Alakotila: Prelude to Sibelius’s Kullervo
Jean Sibelius: Kullervo
Dalia Stasevska, conductor
Miina-Liisa Värelä, soprano
Arttu Kataja, baritone
YL Male Voice Choir
Johanna Iivanainen, singer
Maria Kalaniemi, accordion and singer
Mikko Iivanainen, guitar
Timo Alakotila, piano and harmonica


FRIDAY 3 September

1 pm AINO      
Sibelius’s early piano music and Aino’s letters to Janne 
Seela Sella, recitation
Tähe-Lee Liiv, piano

7 pm JANNE                 
Timo Alakotila: Prelude to Sibelius’s Violin Concerto
Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Timo Alakotila: Prelude to Sibelius’s Symphony No. 5
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5
Dalia Stasevska, conductor
Pekka Kuusisto, viulin
Johanna Iivanainen, singer
Maria Kalaniemi, accordion and singer
Mikko Iivanainen, guitar
Timo Alakotila, piano and harmonica


SATURDAY 4 September

11 am RUNIC SONGS boat trip to Myllysaari
Pajolaine Folk Song Duo
if coronavirus restrictions and weather permit

3 pm LEMMINKÄINEN    
Jean Sibelius: Lemminkäinen suite
Tomas Djupsjöbacka, conductor
Finnish Baroque Orchestra (FiBO)

5 pm POHJOLA’S DAUGHTER
Jean Sibelius: Pohjola’s Daughter
Jean Sibelius (arr. Einojuhani Rautavaara): In the Stream of Life
(songs by Jean Sibelius, arr. Rautavaara: Die stille Stadt; Jägargossen; Hjärtats morgon; Älven och snigeln; Näcken; Jag är ett träd; Svarta rosor)
Jean Sibelius: The Bard
Jean Sibelius: En saga
Dalia Stasevska, conductor
Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone


SUNDAY 5 September  

11.30 am RUNIC SONGS boat trip to Myllysaari
Pajolaine Folk Song Duo
if coronavirus restrictions and weather permit


Ticket sales for Sibelius Festival concerts commence on Monday 24.5.2021 from Lippu.fi

Ticket prices:
Orchestral concerts €49 / €39 / €20
Festival Pass €110 / €90 (includes all syphony concerts)
Other concerts €20
Prices and the starting date for church boat trip ticket sales will be announced later.


Important note:

Owing to travel/quarantine uncertainties and the ongoing coronavirus situation it is currently unclear whether Sibelius One will be able to arrange its traditional group visit to the Lahti Sibelius Festival. Further information will be posted when known.
Orchestra’s website: click here.

For further information please contact andrewbarnett@fireflyuk.net

Read our review of the 2016 Lahti Sibelius Festival: click here.
Read our review of the 2017 Lahti Sibelius Festival: click here.

Planning a visit to Finland?

If you’re planning a trip to Finland, Sibelius One is always happy to help its members with advice and recommendations about where to stay, what to see and what do do. Drop us a line at info@sibeliusone.com

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2 thoughts on “Visit Finland

  1. I attended the Sibelius 150th Birthday Festival in Lahti last year and loved it. I would like to explore a return for the Festival this coming September. I would also like to visit other parts of Finland, either before or after the Festival. Please send any relevant information.

    Thank you.

  2. Places to see in Finland

    Helsinki “white city of the north”
    Capital city of Finland where more than one fifth of Finns live
    Mostly built since 1815; no building higher than 10 stories
    Tourist Information office (Pohjoisesplanadi 19) sells 2/3 day public transport tickets.
    Ninety minute bus tour starting near Information Office gives orientation of interesting sites.
    1952 Olympic city: see Olympic Stadium and Youth Hostel there.
    Harbour (fish) market and ferry activity
    Suomenlinna Fortress 15 minutes ferry trip from Harbour
    Academic Bookshop and Stockmans Department Store
    City Square with Lutheran Cathedral, University, monument to Czar Alexander, Gov’t buildings
    Great Hall of the University where Sibelius premiered many of his works
    Russian Orthodox Cathedral built 1867
    Railway station, Finlandia Hall, new concert hall, several museums and art galleries
    Botanical Gardens.
    Rock Church carved out of quarried space and with copper roof
    Sibelius Monument (near an apartment he owned for a short while during WW 2)
    Seurasaari Open Air Museum (catch a bus to its entrance)
    Café Ursula, Seahorse Restaurant, Zetor, etc.
    Marshall Mannehheim Museum opened occasionally
    Direct train connection to St Petersberg, ferries to Talllin, Porvo, Turku, Stockholm

    Turku
    Previous capital of Finland with strong Swedish influence
    Most was burnt during the great fire of September 1827, but a small section remains as a museum, rebuilt
    !3th Century Castle
    13th century Lutheran Cathedral
    University city with Swedish ansd Finnish Universities
    Sibelius museum
    Youth Hostel which is a sailing ship
    Turku Archipelago with ferries and bridges includes Hafstrask and Korpo where young Sibelius wrote Trios

    Porvoo
    Less than one hour by bus from Helsinki but much older
    Also a ferry service exists between Helsinki and Porvoo
    Small cathedral (badly burnt in 2006 but faithfully restored)
    Traditional wooden town with town square, red painted boat-sheds and marina
    Home of Finland’s great poet, J L Runeberg which is now a museum
    His son was a sculptor and his busts are on display in his house next door

    Jarvenpaa
    About 35k from Helsinki; short trip by train or bus. On Hooked-on-cycling route
    Was the home town of Jean Sibelius and Finland’s first novelist, Aleksis Kivi and other artists
    Ainola home (1904-57) and grave of Sibelius: 3k from railway station and Sibelius statue.
    Visit the former home of landscape painter Peka Halonen friend and neighbour of the Sibelius’s

    Hameelinna
    Old military town on “Kings’ Road” with medieval castle
    Birthplace and schoolplace of Jean Sibelius and Juho Kusti Paasikivi, a Finnish President
    Beautiful Lakeside setting; (4 hour?) ferry trip (via sculptor Emil Wikström’s Visavuori studio) to Tampere trough locks.

    Tampere, Finland’s largest inland city, near the smaller Nokea
    Industry there founded by a Scott on the rapids which provided power to drive industry
    University

    Lahti
    100k north of Helsinki (by bus or train)
    3 Ski-jumps and ski museum. Radio museum.
    Sibelius Hall built 2000: location of annual Sibelius Festival, by Lake Vesijarvi and heritage boats.
    Nearby Sibelius wrote Fire on the Island, piano pieces, and Lemminlainen and the Maidens.

    Rauma
    A world heritage wooden town near Pori where there is a famous mausoleum and a jazz festival

    Savonlinna
    Beautiful lake district setting in the heart of Karelia
    Castle setting for annual opera festival (which Loreto has attended).
    Short distance from world’s largest wooden church at Kerimaki

    Koli and Lieksa
    In the heart of Karelia. Perhaps the most spectacular view in Finland is on the Koli Mountain (350 metres high) where Sibelius began his Symphony No. 4
    Kuhmo in east-central Finland close to the Russian border where an annual chamber music festival is held

    Rovaniemi:
    Starting point for Finnish Lapland
    Father Christmas tourist town on the Arctic Circle. See reindeers.

    Lovisa
    Spa town with marina on way to St Petersburg
    Young Sibelius visited grandmother and aunt here where he wrote Lovisa Piano Trio.
    Also on way to Vipuri/Viborg, former jewell of Finland taken by Soviets in 1943.

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