Charismatic Hollywood actor John Malkovich returns to the Turku Music Festival! Just Call Me God is a production that takes a look at tyranny through drama, organ music and special effects. Malkovich plays a recently deposed dictator. Legendary organist Martin Haselböck, in the character of a clergyman, performs works of his own along with organ music by Johann Sebastian Bach, César Franck, Charles-Marie Widor, Olivier Messiaen and György Ligeti. Before Turku, the production will have been staged at the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, at the Konzerthaus in Vienna and at the Barbican in London.
“John Malkovich is a living legend, and the production is a highly topical one and an excellent fit for our programme in 2021. Next year marks the 10th anniversary of Turku’s year as European Capital of Culture and of Mr Malkovich’s previous visit. I believe that this production will be thought-provoking and emotionally engaging, thanks to the acting skills of Mr Malkovich, but a significant contribution is also made by organ virtuoso Martin Haselböck,” says Liisa Ketomäki, managing director of the Turku Music Festival.
John Malkovich: Just Call Me God – A dictator’s final speech
Sun 21 Nov 2021 at 15.00 Turku Concert Hall
John Malkovich – dictator Satur Diman Cha
Michael Sturminger – director & author
Karen Gregan – Caroline Thomas
Martin Haselböck – Reverend Lee Dunklewood / music director & organ
Duration c. 1 h 30 min, no interval
Performed in English with surtitles in Finnish and Swedish
Tickets: EUR 75 | 69 | 45
Just Call Me God with John Malkovich is brought to Turku with support from the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation.
Tickets will go on sale at all Lippupiste outlets exactly one year before the performance date, on Saturday 21 November 2020.
Turku Music Festival ticket sales to be relocated from Turku Concert Hall to Monitori on Market Square.
The ticket office at Turku Concert Hall will continue to serve customers of the Turku Music Festival until the end of 2020. Monitori, the tourist information office on Market Square (Kauppatori), will be selling Turku Music Festival tickets as of 19 Nov 2020. Monitori is a joint service of the City of Turku and of the Social Insurance Institution (Kela), located in the KOP-kolmio building on the corner of Market Square. Monitori provides services on site, by phone and by online chat.
Turku Music Festival tickets can also still be purchased at Lippupiste outlets and online at: https://www.lippu.fi/artist/turun-musiikkijuhlat/
Monitori Tourist Information
Opening hours: Mon to Fri 09.00–18.00, Sat 10.00–15.00
Street address: Aurakatu 8 | KOP-kolmio building, FI-20100 Turku
Monitori Tourist Information sells tickets for the Turku Music Festival, the Turku Philharmonic (TFO) and the Turku City Theatre. Payment is accepted by cash, debit card and Tyky Wristband.
Other means of payment such as Smartum and Virikeseteli vouchers are accepted at full-service Lippupiste outlets, which in Turku may be found at Stockmann, K-Citymarket Ravattula, Länsikeskus and Skanssi and at the Prisma supermarkets at Itäharju, at Länsikeskus and on Tampereentie.
Group ticket sales for the Turku Music Festival are being taken over by Lippupiste. As of 1 Dec 2020, groups will be served by a Turku Music Festival contact person at Lippupiste. For group ticket bookings and purchases, from the beginning of December please contact them by e-mail at or by phone at +358 10 633 1065.
Tickets to all concerts of the Turku Music Festival are on sale at all Lippupiste outlets.
The artistic director of the festival is conductor Klaus Mäkelä.