The Turku Music Festival is currently preparing for summer 2021, where the programme will include both concerts postponed from summer 2020 and concerts previously planned for 2021

The Turku Music Festival next year will begin with a gala dedicated to the music of composer-in-residence Pēteris Vasks conducted by Klaus Mäkelä, artistic director of the Festival, on Saturday 7 August 2021 at 19.00. Two concerts by Olavi Uusivirta scheduled for summer 2020 were postponed to next summer: he will be appearing at the Ruissalo Shipyard on 11 and 12 August 2021. The concert featuring soprano Nadine Sierra has been rescheduled for August 2022.

OPENING CONCERT at Turku Concert Hall, 7 August 2021 at 19.00

The Turku Music Festival is currently preparing for summer 2021, where the programme will include both concerts postponed from summer 2020 and concerts previously planned for 2021. The opening concert of next summer’s Festival is dedicated to the music of the Festival’s composer-in-residence, Pēteris Vasks from Latvia. The programme includes his violin concerto Distant Light with Ilya Gringolts as soloist. The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra will be conducted by Klaus Mäkelä, artistic director of the festival, and the composer will be in attendance.

“I can still remember when I heard Pēteris’s music for the first time. His Violin Concerto Distant Light opened up a window to a new world for me, and I have been a fan of his wonderful music ever since. I am really proud to welcome him as a guest to the Turku Music Festival,” says artistic director Klaus Mäkelä.

Sat 7 Aug 2021 at 19.00 OPENING CONCERT at Turku Concert Hall

Aurora Marthens, soprano
Ilya Gringolts, violin
Louisa Tuck, cello
Kerttu Aalto-Setälä, flute
Nino Gvetadze, piano
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Klaus Mäkelä, conductor

PĒTERIS VASKS:

Musica Dolorosa
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Mäkelä

3 Latviešu tautas dziesmas [Three Latvian folk songs] for soprano, flute, cello and piano
Marthens, Aalto-Setälä, Tuck, Gvetadze

Violin Concerto Distant Light
Gringolts, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Mäkelä

Olavi Uusivirta and band at the Ruissalo Shipyard, 11 and 12 August 2021

Concerts by popular artist Olavi Uusivirta that were originally scheduled for summer 2020 were postponed ‘as is’ to August 2021 and will happen at the Ruissalo Shipyard on 11 and 12 August at 20.00.

“We want to provide a wide range of experiences, and I am sure that Olavi Uusivirta and his band will guarantee an enjoyable evening. Olavi is one of Finland’s most talented performers in popular music,” says Liisa Ketomäki, managing director of the Turku Music Festival. “It is impossible to predict how the coronavirus situation will develop between now and next summer, but globally – for instance at the Metropolitan Opera – the assumption seems to be that the 2021–2022 season will represent a return to normal. We certainly hope so and would love to be able to welcome summer visitors to Turku again in August 2021. If there are any major changes between now and then, we will of course just have to go with the flow,” says Ketomäki.

Concert featuring Nadine Sierra rescheduled to August 2022

The concert with the Turku Philharmonic conducted by Lorenzo Passerini and featuring soprano Nadine Sierra, originally scheduled for summer 2020, has been rescheduled ‘as is’ to August 2022.

“We had to go forward as far as August 2022 to find a new concert date that suited Nadine Sierra, Lorenzo Passerini and the Turku Philharmonic, so that we could reschedule the concert without making any changes. There may be some slight amendments to the programme, for instance in terms of the specific opera arias included, but the framework and concept remain the same. The new date is Thursday 18 August 2022. Though it is almost two years away, we are publishing this now, because we have had an exceptional number of inquiries from customers wishing to secure their tickets well in advance,” says Ketomäki.

Nadine Sierra, soprano
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Lorenzo Passerini, conductor

Otto Nicolai (1810–1849):
Overture from the opera Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor [The Merry Wives of Windsor]
Charles Gounod (1818–1893):
‘Je veux vivre’ from the opera Roméo et Juliette
Giacomo Puccini (1858–1924):
Intermezzo from the opera Manon Lescaut
Gaetano Donizetti (1797–1848):
‘Quel guardo il cavaliere’ from the opera Don Pasquale
‘Regnava nel silenzio’ from the opera Lucia di Lammermoor
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Leonard Bernstein (1918–1990):
Overture and ‘Glitter and be Gay’ from the opera Candide
Jules Massenet (1842–1912):
Gavotte from the opera Manon
Gerónimo Giménez (1852–1923):
‘Me llaman la primorosa’ from the opera El barber de Sevilla
Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901):
Overture from the opera La forza del destino
Gaetano Donizetti:
Mad scene from the opera Lucia di Lammermoor

Tickets to all concerts of the Turku Music Festival are on sale at all Lippupiste outlets. Tickets to all concerts published in this bulletin will go on sale at all Lippupiste outlets on Friday 30 October at 09.00.

The artistic director of the festival is conductor Klaus Mäkelä.

Further information and requests for interviews
Managing director Liisa Ketomäki, tel.: +358 40 740 6200, e-mail liisa.ketomaki@tmj.fi