The Turku Music Festival regretfully announces the cancellation of the concert by Joyce DiDonato and the Il Pomo d’Oro Baroque orchestra on 7 December and the Christmas recitals of soprano Karita Mattila and pianist Iiro Rantala on 16 and 22 December

The Turku Music Festival regretfully announces the cancellation of the concert by Joyce DiDonato and the Il Pomo d’Oro Baroque orchestra on 7 December and the Christmas recitals of soprano Karita Mattila and pianist Iiro Rantala on 16 and 22 December. This is due to recommendations and orders issued by the authorities concerning the organising of public events in the current coronavirus situation in Southwest Finland.

Tonight’s concert based on the best-selling novel Tritonus by Kjell Westö at 19.00 will go ahead as announced, under the safety recommendations and restrictions previously in effect.

The Turku Music Festival is sad to announce that we are forced to cancel the concert by Joyce DiDonato and the Il Pomo d’Oro Baroque orchestra on 7 December. This is due to recommendations and orders issued by the authorities because of the worsening coronavirus situation in Southwest Finland. We will be contacting all ticket holders.

All tickets purchased for the Joyce DiDonato concert will be refunded at the ticket price, but please note that the service and delivery fees will not be refunded. Lippupiste will contact all customers.

We also announce the cancellation of the Christmas recitals by soprano Karita Mattila and pianist Iiro Rantala on 16 and 22 December, for the same reason. The Christmas concert has now been rescheduled for 18 December 2021 at 19.00. Tickets to the Christmas concert go sale on 7 December 2020 at 12.00.

Tickets purchased for Karita Mattila’s Christmas recitals will not be honoured for the eventual rescheduled recitals as is, but may be exchanged for tickets for the new date if you wish. Lippupiste will contact all customers. If the new date does not suit you, you are eligible for a refund of the ticket price. Please note that the service and delivery fees will not be refunded.

“We are extremely disappointed and sorry to have to cancel these wonderful concerts, but of course we have to abide by the recommendations and orders issued by the authorities to safeguard the health of the public at large. The recital by Karita Mattila and Iiro Rantala has been reschedule for December 2021. We are also talking to Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro to explore whether we could reschedule their concert, but tours like theirs are much more difficult to design and schedule. We will make an announcement when we know more. Amidst all this, we must be pleased that the Tritonus concert tonight can still go ahead under the previously valid recommendations and restrictions. The concert was received really well in Tampere last Sunday,” says Liisa Ketomäki, managing director of the Turku Music Festival.

If you hold a ticket for the Joyce DiDonato concert on 7 December and/or the recital by Karita Mattila and Iiro Rantala on 16 or 22 December, instead of a cash refund you may also exchange it/them for a Turku Music Festival gift voucher. Refund gift vouchers will be accepted as payment at Lippupiste full-service outlets (not at R-kiosks or in the online shop) up until 31 December 2021. For a list of full-service outlets, visit the Lippupiste website: https://www.lippu.fi/help/outlets/

To claim a refund, send a message to Lippupiste at asiakaspalvelu@lippu.fi or phone 0600 900 900 (EUR 2 per min + local call charge). Your message must include your mailing address, the serial numbers of your original tickets and any other identifier such as the order number.

Because of the large number of refund claims being processed, payment of refunds may be considerably delayed.

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The artistic director of the Turku Music Festival is conductor Klaus Mäkelä.

Further information and requests for interviews:

Managing director Liisa Ketomäki, tel.: 040 740 6200,

e-mail: liisa.ketomaki@tmj.fi

 

Actor and Hollywood legend John Malkovich returns to Turku one year from now, in November 2021, in Just Call Me God

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
https://www.turku.fi/monitori

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 sales

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 tmj@lippu.fi or by phone at +358 10 633 1065.

Tickets to all concerts of the Turku Music Festival are on sale at all Lippupiste outlets.

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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

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

Managing director Liisa Ketomäki and the Festival receive Aurora Medal

The Regional Council of Southwest Finland awards the Aurora Medal 2020 to managing director Liisa Ketomäki and the Turku Music Festival. The Medal is awarded annually in recognition of achievements contributing to the region by a person, an organisation or an official body in science, the arts or culture in general. 

The Turku Music Festival is Finland’s oldest consecutively running music festival, having been founded by the Musical Society in Turku in 1960. The purpose of establishing the festival was to enhance musical life in the city and to organise performances to a high artistic standard with a bold approach.

“Today, we may note that the Festival, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2019, has risen to those challenges thanks to painstaking long-term efforts. The Turku Music Festival has established itself as one of the most prominent classical music festivals in northern Europe – an event of high quality and diversity that appeals to a broad audience” the Regional Council of Southwest Finland explains.

During the tenure of Liisa Ketomäki, managing director of the Turku Music Festival Foundation since 2012, the event has become increasingly international.

“With her expertise and contacts, she has made a vital contribution to this progress, which has brought international performers of the highest calibre to Turku year after year. In 2019 alone, the programme included Ian Bostridge, Julian Rachlin, Thomas Hampson and Khatia Buniatishvili and also a concert performance of Handel’s opera Agrippina.”

“I am gratified and honoured by this award, which has a long and distinguished pedigree. We have worked hard to raise the international profile of the Turku Music Festival and of the city of Turku, and I have invested great energy and a confident vision in this work. When I first took up this position, I set my sights on bringing the world’s best artists to Turku to perform alongside Finland’s finest musicians and emerging young talent. This benefits not just Southwest Finland but also Finnish culture as a whole” says Liisa Ketomäki.

The Turku Music Festival offers everything from large-scale orchestra concerts to chamber music, jazz and concerts for children.

“It is a textbook example of a festival that is able and willing to change, expand and constantly revise its offering. Managing director Liisa Ketomäki and the Festival are to be commended for their originality and perseverance in creating programmes that add to the appeal of our region both nationally and internationally” the Council continues.

Liisa Ketomäki says that in addition to preparing for next year, a major new project is attracting international culture tourists to Turku: “This is a concrete two-year project that we are running jointly with Visit Turku and Business Finland, with support from the Ministry of Education and Culture. Festivals are important spearhead products for tourism, and as additional strong points Turku can offer culinary experiences, our wonderful archipelago, high-quality hotel services, expanding transport connections and the richness of a modern, forward-looking city with 800 years of history. Turku is an eminently European city, and we will continue our best efforts as soon as the coronavirus pandemic will allow.”

The Regional Council of Southwest Finland awards the Aurora Medal annually in recognition of achievements contributing to the region by a person, an organisation or an official body in science, the arts or culture in general. The Medal may also be awarded to a person born in Southwest Finland who has made an exceptional contribution to culture at the national level. The Medal is now awarded for the 96th time.

The Turku Music Festival announces a Christmas recital by soprano Karita Mattila

A programme of favourite Christmas songs is presented at Turku Concert Hall on Wednesday 16 December 2020 at 19.00.

KARITA’S CHRISTMAS at Turku Concert Hall, 16 December at 19.00.

The Turku Music Festival is pleased to announce a Christmas recital by Karita Mattila at Turku Concert Hall on Wednesday 16 December 2020 at 19.00. The accompanist will be confirmed later.

“I am extremely happy to be performing a Christmas programme in Turku! I want to bring some warmth and happiness into this dark and strange year, which also had special meaning for me personally, as I celebrated a meaningful birthday. It feels so festive to be able to sing my favourite Christmas songs for an audience. Please join me there!” says Karita Mattila happily.

“The Turku Music Festival is pleased to be able to offer this wonderful Christmas recital, which is our last concert of the year and thus our sign-off for the holidays. It is sure to be an emotionally uplifting experience,” says Liisa Ketomäki, managing director of the Turku Music Festival.

The programme of the recital consists of well-known and well-loved Christmas songs. The accompanist will be confirmed later. Tickets for Karita Mattila’s Christmas recital will go on sale on 2 October at 13.00 at all Lippupiste outlets.

 

SCHUBERTIADE on 4 October streamed live with audio and video via ISTV

The Schubertiade recital of the Turku Music Festival will be streamed live via ISTV.

“We are seeking to stream more and more of our concerts in the future to allow a wider audience to enjoy them. Under our new strategy, we have been exploring partnerships in this field for a couple of years now, and we are happy to be working with ISTV and Ilta-Sanomat,” says Liisa Ketomäki.

Change of performer: cellist Senja Rummukainen replaced by cellist Marko Ylönen.

SCHUBERTIADE

Turku Concert Hall, Sunday 4 October 2020 at 14.00

Tuomas Katajala, tenor
Essi Höglund, violin
Riitta-Liisa Ristiluoma, viola
Marko Ylönen, cello
Eero Heinonen, piano

Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata (Marko Ylönen & Eero Heinonen)

Harbison: November 19, 1828 (Essi Höglund, Riitta-Liisa Ristiluoma, Marko Ylönen, Eero Heinonen)

Schubert: An den Mond, An Silvia, An der Musik (Tuomas Katajala & Eero Heinonen)

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At Karita Mattila’s Christmas recital, as at all concerts of the Turku Music Festival, attendance at Turku Concert Hall will be limited to just over 300, taking safe distancing into account. Concert guests will be directed into the hall so that distancing is observed. The Turku Music Festival recommends using face masks. “Our employees will be wearing face masks. We will be handing out face masks at the door to audience members, and I hope that people will take them and wear them if they have not brought one of their own. This is the procedure with which it has proven possible to resume concerts in central Europe: limited attendance, safe distancing and face masks. The performers and audience will also be separated by a safe distance. We will do our best to avoid crowding and queuing. We take the safety of customers, performers and employees very seriously, and if we follow all these measures, then concerts should be safe to attend,” says Liisa Ketomäki, managing director of the Turku Music Festival.

The artistic director of the Turku Music 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

Concert tour based on Kjell Westö’s best-selling novel Tritonus

Concert tour based on Kjell Westö’s best-selling novel Tritonus in Tampere, Helsinki and Turku, 29 November to 2 December 2020

Sanat & Sävelet [Words & Music] is a concert programme designed as an interaction between an author, his novel and top-quality musicians. Author Kjell Westö is himself involved as a performer and meets readers on tour: autographed copies of his novel Tritonus are available at the concerts.

Tritonus is a thematically rich novel where Kjell Westö addresses multiple universal and always relevant topics such as the importance of friendship and music; the greatest fears of people today, from pandemics to eco-disasters and terrorist attacks; the idealisation of physically strong men; the need for withdrawal and solitude on the one hand and the need for healing as part of a community and a circle of friends on the other. And we must not forget the sensual aspect of human existence, the desire for love and physical intimacy.

The novel is equally rich in musical content, with hundreds of inspiring references sprinkled throughout the narrative. Both the publisher of the Finnish version (Otava) and the publisher of the Swedish original (Förlaget) have posted music playlists on their website, complete with expansive commentaries by Westö. It is from these elements that the ‘Words & Music’ tour was born. The concert venues are Tampere Hall, the Savoy Theatre in Helsinki and Turku Concert Hall.

The programme features mezzosoprano Jenny Carlstedt, pianist Tuomas Turriago, flautist Anna Aminoff, clarinettist Mark Reding, pianist Marja Rumpunen, the FinesTRE string quartet, guitarist Mikko Kosonen and author Kjell Westö, interviewed by Paulina Ahokas, managing director of Tampere Hall.

“We are keeping the musical programme a secret, but what we can say is that we will visit the musical worlds of both conductor Thomas Brander and cover band leader Reidar Lindell [the main characters of the novel] in performances by some of Finland’s finest musicians,” says Paulina Ahokas.

For some years now, Tampere Hall in its role as an event producer has been developing a new kind of concert concept built around the musically rich creative work of Finnish authors, philosophers and other writers.

“The publication of Kjell Westö’s stunning and topical Tritonus coinciding with the coronavirus pandemic made it a no-brainer for us to create this programme at this particular time. Never before have we had such a need to surround ourselves with beauty, with safe shared experiences and with a dialogue helping us to understand everything that is going on around us,” Paulina Ahokas concludes.

Authors also miss being in touch with their readers.

“Being an author, I feel that I cope quite well with solitude and often even need it. Nevertheless, I have always had a huge appreciation for encountering and exchanging opinions with the public, with readers. Now, however, I realise with increased clarity how vital these encounters are. Thinking is starved if there is no interaction. Music is also important for me, and I am pleased to be able to hear the performances of these fantastic artists,” says author Kjell Westö.

“Although the Book Fair is not going ahead in its traditional form in Finland this year, it is important for there to be public discussion about reading and about books, and for readers to be able to share their thoughts. There is a demand in Finland for a concept like this. The various branches of the arts are siblings, and there are many authors who have a second spiritual home in music, so to speak. Combining literature with music is an excellent vehicle for engaging with audiences,” says Kjell Westö.

“We are really pleased to be able to bring this programme based on Kjell Westö’s best-selling novel to Turku. We would like to thank Kjell Westö, Paulina Ahokas and Tampere Hall for this very timely project. The Turku Music Festival has been working with partnerships like this for a few years now, in keeping with our new strategy. Our audiences are already familiar with productions linking quality literature with quality music. Westö has promised that he will increase the number of extracts he reads in Swedish at the concert in Turku, as befits our bilingual city,” says Liisa Ketomäki, managing director of the Turku Music Festival.

Sanat & Sävelet [Words & Music] concert tour

Jointly produced by Tampere Live, the Turku Music Festival and the Savoy Theatre.

Tampere Live, the promotion company of Tampere Hall, introduces the Sanat & Sävelet [Words & Music] concept and is responsible for the planning of this concert programme.

Performances

Sunday 29 November 2020 at 18.00, Tampere Hall (Main Auditorium), Tampere
Tuesday 1 December 2020 at 19.00, Savoy Theatre, Helsinki
Wednesday 2 December 2020 at 19.00, Turku Concert Hall, Turku

Tickets for the concert in Turku go on sale on 30 September 2020 at 9:00 at all Lippupiste outlets. 

Further information and interview requests
Managing director Liisa Ketomäki, tel. 040 740 6200, e-mail liisa.ketomaki@tmj.fi

The Festival publishes three new concerts

The Turku Music Festival is holding a matinee recital on Sunday 4 October, featuring Tuomas Katajala, Essi Höglund, Pisku Ristiluoma, Senja Rummukainen and Eero Heinonen. Legendary pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja will give a Beethoven recital at Turku Concert Hall on 15 November. Norwegian Vertavo String Quartet performs at the Turku Cathedral on 8 February.  The recital by Lise Davidsen and Leif Ove Andsnes has been postponed by one day.

The Turku Music Festival is holding a matinee recital titled ‘SCHUBERTIADE’ on Sunday 4 October at 14.00. The performers are tenor Tuomas Katajala – who recently appeared in the Finnish National Opera’s production Covid fan tutte – violinist Essi Höglund, violist Riitta-Liisa Ristiluoma, cellist Senja Rummukainen and pianist Eero Heinonen. The recital was designed by the artistic director of the Festival, Klaus Mäkelä.

SCHUBERTIADE

Sunday 4 October 2020 at 14.00 Turku Concert Hall

Tuomas Katajala, tenor
Essi Höglund, violin
Riitta-Liisa Ristiluoma, viola
Senja Rummukainen, cello
Eero Heinonen, piano

Schubert: Arpeggione Sonata (Senja Rummukainen & Eero Heinonen)
Harbison: November 19, 1828 (Essi Höglund, Riitta-Liisa Ristiluoma, Senja Rummukainen, Eero Heinonen)
Schubert: An den Mond, An Silvia, An der Musik (Tuomas Katajala & Eero Heinonen)

“This recital features performers that were scheduled to appear at the Festival in August 2020 and also includes Eero Heinonen, who most recently appeared in 2019, and Riitta-Liisa Ristiluoma, whose previous visit was some time ago. It is important to be able to hold this recital in Turku. We are very excited about this, and the performers are eager to meet the audience,” says Liisa Ketomäki, managing director of the Turku Music Festival.

As at the concerts of the Turku Philharmonic, attendance at Turku Concert Hall will be limited to just over 300, taking safe distancing into account. Concert guests will be directed into the hall so that distancing is observed. The Turku Music Festival recommends using face masks. “Our employees will be wearing face masks. We will be handing out face masks at the door to audience members, and I hope that people will take them and wear them if they have not brought one of their own. This is the procedure with which it has proven possible to resume concerts in central Europe: limited attendance, safe distancing and face masks. The performers and audience will also be separated by a safe distance. The recital lasts just over one hour, and there is no interval. We will do our best to avoid crowding and queuing. We take the safety of customers, performers and employees very seriously, and if we follow all these measures, then concerts should be safe to attend,” says Liisa Ketomäki.

Tickets for the recital go on sale on 16 September 2020 at 09.00 at all Lippupiste outlets.

Elisabeth Leonskaja at Turku Concert Hall on 15 November

Legendary pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja will give a Beethoven recital at Turku Concert Hall on 15 November 2020 at 14.00. This recital was to have been the opening of the 2020 Turku Music Festival.

The programme comprises the last three Sonatas written by Beethoven, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

“We are very happy to have been able to organise this recital following the Government’s work-related travel guidelines issued last week. Elisabeth Leonskaja is one of the most prominent pianists of our time, and the recital is a celebration of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year. The recital will be held observing the same safety measures as at our September and October concerts: attendance will be limited, we will ensure that there is no crowding or queuing, there is no interval and we recommend using face masks. Our employees will be wearing face masks, and we will be handing face masks out to the audience members in case they have not brought their own. Our aim is to ensure that people can enjoy cultural events safely in Turku,” says Liisa Ketomäki, managing director of the Turku Music Festival.

Vertavo String Quartet performs on 8 February

On Monday 8 February, Vertavo String Quartet from Norway performs at Turku Cathedral. The programme includes music by Jaakko Kuusisto, Fanny Mendelssohn, Caroline Shaw and Antonín Dvorák. The Quartet members are violinists Øyvor Volle and Annabelle Merare, violist Berit Cardas and cellist Bjørg Lewis.

The recital by Lise Davidsen and Leif Ove Andsnes has been postponed by one day.

The recital by Lise Davidsen and Leif Ove Andsnes has been postponed by one day being now scheduled for 18 August 2021 (previously 17 August). Lise Davidsen will be performing at the Bayreuth Opera Festival before coming to Turku, and the timetable there has changed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Lise Davidsen definitely wants to give the recital in Turku, so we decided to reschedule it and hope that this will not unduly inconvenience those who have already bought tickets. The recital will form a wonderful conclusion to next summer’s Festival,” says Liisa Ketomäki.

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The December concert of the Turku Music Festival featuring mezzosoprano Joyce DiDonato and the Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro is going ahead as planned. Some of the concerts programmed for summer 2020 have been postponed to 2021 (the recital by baritone Thomas Hampson to 24 April and the recital by tenor Juan Diego Flórez to 1 June). Tickets to these events are on sale at Lippupiste outlets as normal.

Tickets to all concerts of the Turku Music Festival are on sale at Lippupiste outlets.

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The artistic director of the Turku Music 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

Turku Music Festival reschedules October concert by countertenor Franco Fagioli and Basel Chamber Orchestra for 15 Jan 2022.

Turku Music Festival announces recital by legendary actress Seela Sella, soprano Pia Freund and pianist Kristian Attila at Bethel Church on 15 Sep 2020.

The Turku Music Festival regrets that it is forced to cancel the concert announced for Sunday 4 October due to the coronavirus situation.

“The concert was to have been part of the European tour of Franco Fagioli and the Basel Chamber Orchestra. The entire tour has been cancelled because of the current coronavirus situation. Their Turku concert has now been rescheduled for 15 January 2022. Customers who have already bought tickets can use them as is at the rescheduled concert or return them for a refund. We are sorry for the disappointment, but we are delighted that the tour has been rescheduled and that we can now announce the new concert date,” says Liisa Ketomäki, Managing Director of the Turku Music Festival.

Seela Sella, Pia Freund and Kristian Attila at Bethel Church on 15 September

The Turku Music Festival announces a recital to be held for a restricted audience at Bethel Church on 15 September 2020 at 6 PM. The performers are legendary Finnish stage actress Seela Sella, soprano Pia Freund and pianist Kristian Attila. Seela Sella reads extracts from letters of well-known artist couples in a programme combining music and poetry. Exploring the lives and sentiments of artist couples such as the Sibeliuses and the Kuulas, the programme illustrates what it is like to be alone and together, to grow and to let go, to live amidst creation and destruction. Gems of Finnish vocal music old and new engage in dialogue with letters by Aino Sibelius and Alma Kuula and with poems by Katri Vala, L. Onerva and Aila Meriluoto. The music featured is by Sibelius, Kuula, Madetoja, Kilpinen, Attila and Ilkka Kuusisto.

“This is a programme that was to have formed part of the Music Festival in August. We are now going ahead with a small-scale performance for a restricted audience at Bethel Church on 15 September at 6 PM,” says Liisa Ketomäki.

With a view to safe distancing, only 100 tickets are on sale for the recital at Bethel Church, which has a capacity of 400 seats. Concert guests will be guided to seats on a first come, first served basis. The Turku Music Festival recommends that concert guests wear face masks. “Our employees will be wearing face masks. We will be passing out face masks to audience members at the door and hope that people will take them and use them if they have not brought one of their own. Elsewhere in Europe, concerts have been organised using these precautions: restricted attendance, safe distancing and face masks worn by customers and employees. There is no interval as such, but a restroom break can be taken while the performers change their clothes. We will manage the traffic so that we can avoid congregating and queuing during the concert,” says Liisa Ketomäki, Managing Director of the Turku Music Festival.

Tickets go on sale on 19 August 2020 at 9.00.

The concert given by the Turku Music Festival in December, with mezzosoprano Joyce DiDonato and the Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro, is going ahead as announced. Some of the concerts originally scheduled for the Music Festival in 2020 have been rescheduled for 2021 (recital by baritone Thomas Hampson on 24 Apr 2021 and recital by tenor Juan Diego Flórez on 18 Jun 2021), and tickets for these are available at Lippupiste points of sale as normal.

“We very much want to offer our audiences musical experiences before this year is out, but it is of the utmost importance for us to do so in a responsible and safe way. We are monitoring the situation and will scale our approach as required. We will be giving out more information as needed in the autumn,” says Ketomäki.

Tickets to all events of the Turku Music Festival are available at Lippupiste points of sale.

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If you have already purchased tickets for the Franco Fagioli concert, they will be honoured as is at the rescheduled concert on 15 Jan 2022. Alternatively, you may return the tickets and request a refund or exchange the tickets for a voucher to the Turku Music Festival if the new concert date is unsuitable. Refunds must be claimed by 30 Nov 2020.

Vouchers will be honoured as payment at Lippupiste full service outlets (not at R kiosks or in the online shop) and will be valid up until 31 Dec 2021. A list of full service outlets can be found on the Lippupiste website: https://www.lippu.fi/help/outlets/

To request a refund, send an e-mail to Lippupiste at asiakaspalvelu@lippu.fi or phone 0600 900 900 (EUR 2 per min + local call charge). In the message, give your postal address and the individual numbers of the original tickets or other identifying details such as the booking number.

You may also request a refund online at https://web.lippu.fi/palautus, or you may mail in your tickets, enclosing your contact information and bank account details, to:

Lippupiste Oy / Franco Fagioli returns
Kalevantie 2 (B-talo)
FI-33100 Tampere

You will be refunded the price of the actual ticket(s). Service charges and delivery charges will not be refunded.

Please note that because of the large number of refunds being processed there are delays in paying out refunds.

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The Artistic Director of the Turku Music Festival is conductor Klaus Mäkelä.  

Further information and interview requests:
Managing Director Liisa Ketomäki, tel. 040 740 6200, e-mail liisa.ketomaki@tmj.fi

Bernstein’s operetta Candide in Turku CANCELLED

Bernstein’s operetta Candide that was to be held in April and was later postponed to October has now been cancelled. The performance was planned to be held at the Turku Concert Hall 16 October, 2020. The production was a cooperation between Åbo Svenska Teater, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Turku Music Festival and HI Productions.

The official safety distancing guidelines in concert halls make it impossible for the orchestra, choir and soloists to have enough space on stage at the Turku Concert Hall and thus the cancellation of the operetta was the only possible course of action.

“This is a very unfortunate situation, but for us the safety of our performers and audiences is the most important thing and we wish to follow the instructions and recommendations of the authorities. Cancellation of Candide was inevitable, but we are looking forward to spring 2021 when we can offer our audiences a chance to experience opera once again. A new production of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo’s Pajazzo, a pair that often appears together, takes place at Åbo Svenska Teater. The production premiers 8 April, 2021 and the tickets are on sale through Lippupiste and Åbo Svenska Teater’s and Turku Philharmonic Orchestra’s sales services”, says Jukka Aaltonen, the head of Åbo Svenska Teater.

Turku Music Festival in August 2020 CANCELLED

The Turku Music Festival that was to be held from 6 to 16 August 2020 has been cancelled due to the direct and indirect impacts of the global coronavirus pandemic.

The Finnish Government and the City of Turku have both ruled that major public events remain prohibited up until 31 July and that assemblies of more than 50 people are prohibited until further notice. More recently, the Government announced that cultural events involving fewer than 500 people may be held with special arrangements. However, there is no information as yet on what these special arrangements might be, and unfortunately this comes too late to change anything as regards our festival. The Government has not excluded the possibility that the assembly restrictions may be extended further. It is also uncertain whether performers from abroad would be able to travel to Finland at all. The restrictions in place in Europe and in Finland and their knock-on effects render it impossible to organise the festival in August as planned.

“This is a regrettable decision, but we considered it carefully and concluded that it was the only possible course of action. We always follow the instructions of the authorities, and we also wish to avoid any risk of compromising the health and safety of either our performers or our audiences. Ticket sales are also very challenging to promote in the current situation where our customers are understandably hesitant about planning to attend major events in August,” says Liisa Ketomäki, Managing Director of the Turku Music Festival Foundation.

The decision to cancel the festival was made at this time so that it could be announced well in advance to performers, partners and the general public. “We are devastated to have to cancel the festival this year, but there is no other sustainable option,” says Liisa Ketomäki.

“The cancellation of this year’s festival is of course a huge disappointment, but under the circumstances we had no choice. For me, it is important that we are able to invite all of this year’s wonderful artists to our next festival. Art is a source of sustenance for all of us, in good times and difficult times, and I hope we will see you all soon again at the Turku Music Festival,” says conductor Klaus Mäkelä, artistic director of the Turku Music Festival.

Customers who have already purchased tickets may return them for a refund or exchange them for a voucher to the Turku Music Festival that will be valid until 31 December 2021. The festival is exploring the possibility to reschedule or stream a number of concerts, and further information on this will be provided in June.

The recital by American baritone Thomas Hampson, ‘Songs of America’ (original date 15 August 2020) will be postponed to 2021 with an amended programme (and without the participation of soprano Nadine Sierra). The recital will be given at Turku Concert Hall on Saturday 24 April 2021 at 19.00. Tickets already purchased for Hampson’s recital will be honoured as is, but customers may also return them for a refund by 31 May 2020 if the new date is not convenient.

Unless otherwise announced later, the concerts of the Turku Music Festival scheduled for autumn 2020 (Franco Fagioli and the Basel Chamber Orchestra on 4 October, and Joyce DiDonato and Il Pomo d’Oro on 7 December) will go ahead as scheduled.

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Lippupiste refund instructions

If you have already purchased tickets, you may exchange them for a voucher to the Turku Music Festival. Alternatively, you may return the tickets and request a refund. Refunds for tickets to the postponed ‘Songs of America’ recital must be requested by 31 May 2020.

Turku Music Festival’s gift voucher can only be redeemed at Lippu.fi Full-service Ticket Outlets and is valid until 31 December 2021. Find your nearest Lippu.fi Full-service Ticket Outlet here: https://www.lippu.fi/en/help/outlets/

Send an e-mail to Lippupiste at asiakaspalvelu@lippu.fi or phone 0600 900 900 (EUR 2 per min + local call charge). In the message, give your postal address and the individual numbers of the original tickets or other identifying details such as the booking number.

You may also request a refund online at https://web.lippu.fi/palautus, or you may mail in your tickets, enclosing your contact information and bank account details, to:

Lippupiste Oy / [name of event] returns
Kalevantie 2 (B-talo)
FI-33100 Tampere

You will be refunded the price of the actual ticket(s). Service charges and delivery charges will not be refunded.

Please note that because of the large number of refunds being processed there are delays in paying out refunds.