Two additional concerts at the Turku Music Festival in August – one of them a hybrid event

The Turku Music Festival is pleased to announce two additional concerts for the Festival this August. One of them, ‘Dichterliebe & Eight Songs for a Mad King’ on 14 August at 18.00, will be a hybrid event, available to attend in person or as a live stream online in the lippu.streaming service. The other added concert will be a candlelight recital by baritone Waltteri Torikka at Turku Cathedral on the Night of the Arts, 12 August at 21.00.

“We are confident that by August the vaccination coverage in the population will be high enough to allow audiences to be safely admitted to live concerts. We believe that friends of classical music are eager to hear high-quality live music again. Nevertheless, we are mindful of any remaining individual restrictions with regard to public events, which is why we decided to give one of these concerts as a hybrid event with live streaming. We feel sure that our audiences will appreciate this option,” says Maija Paloheimo, interim managing director of the Turku Music Festival.

‘Dichterliebe & Eight Songs for a Mad King’ is a recital featuring two completely different works on themes of love and madness. Dichterliebe is the best-known song cycle by Robert Schumann, performed here by tenor Tuomas Katajala with Naoko Sonoda on piano. This is followed by baritone Thomas Florio’s internationally celebrated interpretation of Eight Songs for a Mad King by Peter Maxwell Davies. This programme was originally scheduled as the concluding concert of the 2020 Festival.

Programme and performers:
ROBERT SCHUMANN (1810–1856): Dichterliebe op. 48 (Heinrich Heine)
Tuomas Katajala, tenor
Naoko Sonoda, piano

SIR PETER MAXWELL DAVIES (1934-2016): Eight Songs for a Mad King
(Randolph Stow)

Thomas Florio, baritone
Tuulia Ylönen, clarinet
Kerttu Aalto-Setälä, flute & piccolo
Essi Höglund, violin
Senja Rummukainen, cello
Jerry Piipponen, percussion
Eveliina Kytömäki, piano & harpsichord
Uli Kontu-Korhonen, dulcimer
Petri Sakari, conductor


The programme of the Festival will otherwise go ahead as previously published. The opening concert of the festival on 7 August at 19.00 features music by Pēteris Vasks, performed by the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and violinist Ilya Gringolts conducted by Klaus Mäkelä. Olavi Uusivirta appears at the Lindblom Hall at the Ruissalo Shipyard on 11 and 12 August at 20.00. The Festival concludes with a flourish on 18 August at 19.00; this exciting recital features Wagner soprano Lise Davidsen, whose career is on an upward trajectory including the opening of La Scala in Milan this spring, and Leif Ove Andsnes, one of Norway’s most celebrated pianists.
“The Turku Music Festival aims to be at the cutting edge in our selection of performers. It is magnificent to have the much-acclaimed and sought-after top soprano Lise Davidsen to round off this year’s Festival. Our programme for the rest of the autumn and for next year will also be of the highest quality,” says Paloheimo.
Tickets to the concerts announced today will go on sale at all Lippupiste outlets on 25 May 2021 at 10.00. The artistic director of the Turku Music Festival is conductor Klaus Mäkelä.
Further information and requests for interviews
Interim managing director Maija Palonheimo, tel. 040 594 0655, e-mail
Ticket sales
Tickets to the Turku Music Festival are sold by Lippupiste at all its outlets and at R kiosks nationwide, and online at Booking and sales service and helpline: Monday to Saturday 09.00–16.00 at 066 900 900 (EUR 2 per minute or part thereof + local call charge).
Concert tickets may also be bought at Monitori on Market Square, Aurakatu 8, KOP-kolmio, Monday to Friday 09.00–18.00 and Saturday 10.00–15.00.
Bookings are also accepted at the Turku Music Festival office: .

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