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.

Turku Music Festival postpones Juan Diego Flórez’s recital from this summer to June 2021. In August 2021, guests will include one of the world’s most prominent Wagner sopranos, Lise Davidsen, and pianist Leif Ove Andsnes

The preview concert of the Turku Music Festival scheduled for 28 June, with tenor Juan Diego Flórez and pianist Vincenzo Scalera, has been postponed to June 2021. The new date is Friday 18 June 2021 at 19.00. Tickets that have already been purchased or reserved will be valid with no further action. The programme will be announced in spring 2021.

“The Turku City Board has recommended that all public mass events be cancelled up until 31 July, and we are thus taking the responsible and sensible course of action in postponing Juan Diego Flórez’s recital to a future date. We are happy that we are already able to announce the new date, and we hope that it will suit our audience. Anyone who has already bought tickets will be able to use them in June 2021 with no further ado, but we will also refund tickets for this recital if returned before 31 May 2020. We think this is only fair, since the event is now more than a year away,” says Liisa Ketomäki, Managing Director of the Turku Music Festival Foundation.

The Turku Music Festival is now also announcing its first new concert for summer 2021. Currently the most acclaimed and sought-after Wagner soprano in the world, Lise Davidsen, will appear with pianist Leif Ove Andsnes at Turku Concert Hall on Tuesday 17 August 2021 at 19.00. The two prominent Norwegian performing artists will be performing a programme built around Edvard Grieg’s song cycle Haugtussa.

The New York Times has described Lise Davidsen as “one voice in a million”, and Opera Now magazine has declared that Wagner singers like her only come along once in a generation. Leif Ove Andsnes is one of Norway’s internationally most celebrated pianists and described by the Wall Street Journal as one of the most gifted musicians of his generation. Their joint recital is bound to be one of the highlights in Finland’s musical calendar in 2021.

Tickets for the recital by Lise Davidsen and Leif Ove Andsnes go on sale at all Lippupiste points of sale on Monday 27 April 2020 at 10.00.

Further announcements concerning the Festival to be held in August 2020 will be made as necessary. Tickets for all concerts of the Turku Music Festival are on sale at Lippupiste points of sale.

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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(at)tmj.fi

The full programme of the Turku Music Festival has been published

In addition to international stars, the festival offers a series of chamber music recitals themed around cities, interesting talks and discussions, and a wider range of events than ever before.

 

TURKU MUSIC FESTIVAL 6–16 August 2020

This summer, the Turku Music Festival will be held from 6 to 16 August. This will be the 61st annual edition of the oldest consecutively running music festival in Finland, and the second with conductor Klaus Mäkelä as the artistic director. The festival programme includes more than 40 concerts and other events.

As always, the guest artist roster includes international stars such as soprano Nadine Sierra and pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja, and distinguished orchestras and ensembles such as the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra with top-notch baritone Peter Mattei and the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra with violinist Ilya Gringolts. The festival’s composer-in-residence in 2020 is Pēteris Vasks. An interesting series of talks and discussions features Seppo Kimanen, Laura Kolbe, Klaus Mäkelä, Helena Petäistö and Pēteris Vasks. American baritone Thomas Hampson, who appeared at the festival’s opening concert last year, returns with a recital of American music. Literature and drama are brought together in concerts featuring actresses Alina Tomnikov and Seela Sella. Opera stars – bass Matti Salminen, mezzosoprano Lilli Paasikivi and soprano Mari Palo – perform popular songs at the Ruissalo shipyard, which is also the venue for concerts by popular singer Olavi Uusivirta on two consecutive nights. On the Night of the Arts, Kasmir performs at the Domino Hall, and Ilkka ‘Ile’ Vainio launches his 60th-birthday tour at Teatro Hall at Logomo. The festival concludes on 16 August with a concert whose first half features Schumann’s Dichterliebe performed by tenor Tuomas Katajala and pianist Naoko Sonoda and whose second half comprises the cult work Eight Songs for a Mad King by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, the role of the king being performed by baritone Thomas Florio.

As previously announced, the festival has a preview concert on 28 July featuring tenor Juan Diego Flórez and pianist Vincenzo Scalera, and festival concerts after the festival week itself are given by countertenor Franco Fagioli and the Basel Chamber Orchestra (4 October) and American mezzosoprano Joyce DiDonato and the Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro (7 December).

 

Pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja opens the Turku Music Festival on 6 August 2020

Legendary keyboard artist Elisabeth Leonskaja performs at the opening concert of the Turku Music Festival at Turku Concert Hall on 6 August at 19.00, performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s last three piano sonatas in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth.

 

Chamber music recital series themed around musical cities takes us to St Petersburg, Vienna, Paris and Leipzig, accompanied by talks by Seppo Kimanen, Laura Kolbe and Helena Petäistö

The St Petersburg themed concert is at Sigyn Hall on Friday 7 August, with music by Dmitri Shostakovich, Modest Mussorgsky, Galina Ustvoltskaya and Petr Tchaikovsky performed by bass Markus Suihkonen, violinist Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, cellists Klaus Mäkelä and Torleif Thedéen and pianists Martin James Bartlett and Juho Pohjonen.

Two concerts are dedicated to Paris. The Paris I concert is at Sigyn Hall on 9 August, with music by Ravel, Debussy, Couperin and César Franck performed by pianist Nino Gvetadze, violinists Andrej Power and Elise Båtnes, violist Catherine Bullock, cellist Torleif Thédeen and harpist Päivi Severeide. The Paris II concert is at Turku Castle on 10 August, with music by Satie, Debussy and Ravel performed by Torleif Thedéen, pianist Antti Siirala and the Vertavo String Quartet from Norway.

The Leipzig concert is at Betel Church on 13 August, with music by J.S. Bach, Robert and Clara Schumann and Felix Mendelssohn performed by violinists Elise Båtnes and Essi Höglund, violist Catherine Bullock, cellist Louisa Tuck, pianist Antti Siirala and the Gringolts Quartet.

Two concerts are dedicated to Vienna, often referred to as a Mecca for music. The Vienna I concert at Betel Church combines Haydn’s ‘Sunrise’ String Quartet (Gringolts Quartet) with Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight’ Sonata (Naoko Sonoda). The Vienna II concert at Turku Castle has a diverse programme including Schubert’s classic solo songs An die Musik, Die Forelle and Erlkönig, performed by tenor Tuomas Katajala, violinist Essi Höglund, violist Catherine Bullock, cellist Senja Rummukainen and pianists Nino Gvetadze and Naoko Sonoda.

 

Legendary actress Seela Sella, soprano Pia Freund and pianist Kristian Attila at Sigyn Hall on two evenings

Seela Sella reads from the letters of well-known artist couples in two performances of a production combining poetry and music on 10 and 12 August. Focusing on the intimate relationships of artists (composers Sibelius and Kuula), the production explores what it means to be alone and together, to flourish, to grow, to give up, to be immersed in creation and chaos. Traditional and more recent gems of Finnish vocal music enter into dialogue with letters written by Aino Sibelius and Alma Kuula and poetry by Katri Vala, L. Onerva and Aila Meriluoto. The music is by Sibelius, Kuula, Madetoja, Kilpinen, Attila and Ilkka Kuusisto.

 

Alina Tomnikov reads Tolstoy at Turku Castle on 15 August

Young actress Alina Tomnikov reads extracts from Leo Tolstoy’s novella The Kreutzer Sonata in Finnish and Russian at Turku Castle in the Kreutzer concert, based on “Beethoven’s iconic Kreutzer Sonata, which inspired Janáček to write a String Quartet and Tolstoy to write a story. These are linked in the concert by extracts from the story read by Alina Tomnikov,” according to artistic director Klaus Mäkelä. Tomnikov is joined on stage by violinist Essi Höglund, pianist Naoko Sonoda and the Vertavo String Quartet.

 

Pēteris Vasks is composer-in-residence at the Turku Music Festival in 2020

Vasks will be at the festival himself, and his works will be performed at several concerts. A Vasks Gala is held at Turku Concert Hall on Saturday 8 August. The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra performs Vasks’s Violin Concerto ‘Distant Light’ with Ilya Gringolts under Klaus Mäkelä, and the programme also includes Musica Dolorosa and Three Latvian Folk Songs. The other performers are soprano Aurora Marthens, cellist Louisa Tuck, flautist Kerttu Aalto-Setälä and pianist Juho Pohjonen.

 

“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, who conducts the Vasks Gala and also holds a public discussion with Vasks before the concert.

 

Matti Salminen, Lilli Paasikivi and Mari Palo at the Ruissalo Shipyard

Opera royalty explore nostalgia in songs and schlagers of summer at the Ruissalo shipyard. Bass Matti Salminen, mezzosoprano Lilli Paasikivi and soprano Mari Palo are joined on stage by violinist Petteri Iivonen, pianist Jukka Nykänen and double bass player Eero Ignatius on two evenings, 10 and 11 August.

 

American star baritone Thomas Hampson returns to Turku

American baritone Thomas Hampson returns to Turku to give a recital at Turku Concert Hall on Saturday 15 August at 19.00. Titled ‘Songs of America’, it comprises American repertoire that Hampson wishes to promote. He is accompanied by pianist Vlad Iftinca. The programme is a brilliant musical panorama of American melodies, including music by Cole Porter and Leonard Bernstein.

American soprano Nadine Sierra, who had to cancel her appearance in Turku last year, joins Thomas Hampson on stage in this recital at his request.

 

Details were previously published concerning the concert given by Nadine Sierra with the Turku Philharmonic under Lorenzo Passerini at Turku Concert Hall on 13 August at 18.00.

“Last summer, Nadine Sierra was unfortunately obliged to cancel her performance, but she is now making two appearances: with the Turku Philharmonic on 13 August and as a guest at Hampson’s recital at his request on 15 August. This is ample compensation for the delay,” says Liisa Ketomäki, managing director of the Turku Music Festival Foundation.

 

Chamber music at Kakola

On Friday 14 August, the Vertavo String Quartet from Norway performs at Kakola Hall, the entrance to which is only a few steps from the funicular. 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.

 

Home concerts at the home of Aino and Jarkko Ruohola and at the Archbishop’s residence

The home concert at the home of Aino and Jarkko Ruohola on 8 August features violinist Elise Båtnes and cellists Louisa Tuck and Klaus Mäkelä. The concert at the Archbishop’s residence on 15 August is jointly organised with the Turku Book Fair and includes poetry by Johanna Venho and music performed by violinist Essi Höglund and cellist Senja Rummukainen.

 

Olavi Uusivirta, Kasmir and Ile Vainio appear at the Turku Music Festival for the first time

Emma Award winning popular singer Olavi Uusivirta appears at the Ruissalo Shipyard on two consecutive evenings, 12 and 13 August. Kasmir, who has just released a new album, performs with pianist Lasse Piirainen at Domino on the Night of the Arts, 13 August. Ilkka ‘Ile’ Vainio, who celebrates his 60th birthday in 2020, begins his 60th-birthday tour at the festival with a concert titled ‘The people’s songs’ at Teatro Hall at Logomo on 12 August.

 

“The Turku Music Festival is an event intended for everyone in Turku, so we aim to create a programme as diverse as possible, albeit with the main focus still on classical music,” says Liisa Ketomäki, managing director of the Turku Music Festival Foundation.

 

The full programme of the Turku Music Festival, including the above concerts and much more, can be found on the festival website, www.tmj.fi

 

Turku Music Festival masterclasses

Piano masterclasses given by Niklas Pokki and Antti Siirala continue on 14–18 August 2020.

 

The Turku Music Festival has previously published details of certain concerts outside the festival week in August.

 

Juan Diego Florez & Vincenzo Scalera 28 July

Distinguished tenor Juan Diego Flórez visits Turku at long last, accompanied by pianist Vincenzo Scarela. Flórez is one of the world’s most sought-after opera singers, described among other things as the Roger Federer of opera.

 

Nadine Sierra & Turku Philharmonic Orchestra 13 August

Nadine Sierra performs on 13 August 2020 at 18:00 with the Turku Philharmonic conducted by Lorenzo Passerini. The entire concert program has now been published on the festival website.

 

Peter Mattei & Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra 14 August

The Turku Music Festival proudly presents the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, appearing at the festival on 14 August 2020 at 19.00. Conducted by the festival’s artistic director Klaus Mäkelä, the concert features Swedish baritone Peter Mattei as soloist. The programme comprises Ravel’s Le tombeau de Couperin, Mozart arias for baritone and Sibelius’s Symphonies nos. 6 and 7.

 

Franco Fagioli & Basel Chamber Orchestra 4 October

Countertenor Franco Fagioli, who previously charmed Turku audiences at the performance of the opera Agrippina, visits Turku with the Basel Chamber Orchestra performing a Mozart programme, details of which are available on the festival website. The concert coincides with the Turku Book Fair, where the cross-discipline theme for 2020 is music.

 

Joyce DiDonato & Il Pomo d’Oro 7 December

Baroque music lovers are in for a treat at Turku Concert Hall on Monday 7 December at 19.00 when American mezzo Joyce DiDonato and the Baroque ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro give a concert titled ‘Joyce DiDonato: My Favourite Things’. The programme includes the singer’s favourite arias by composers such as Monteverdi, Handel and Gluck. Full details of the programme are available on the festival website.

 

Tickets to all concerts of the Turku Music Festival will go on sale at all Lippupiste points of sale on 10 March.

 

The artistic director of the festival is conductor Klaus Mäkelä, who will also be planning the programme for 2021.

 

Further information and requests for interviews

Managing director Liisa Ketomäki, tel.: +358 40 740 6200, e-mail liisa.ketomaki@tmj.fi

 

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Tickets

Tickets to the Turku Music Festival are sold by Lippupiste at all Lippupiste points of sale and R kiosks throughout Finland, and online at www.lippu.fi.

For ticket reservations or bookings or information on purchases, please phone +358 600 900 900. The cost of a call is EUR 1.98 per minute + local call charge. (The lines are open Mon to Sat 09.00–21.00, Sun 10.00–18.00.)

Tickets may also be bought at the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra box office at the Turku Concert Hall (Aninkaistenkatu 9), Thu and Fri 12.00–16.00, tel. +358 2 262 0333, e-mail kulttuuri.myynti@turku.fi. Reservations are also taken at the Turku Music Festival office, tel. +358 40 632 3397, e-mail info@tmj.fi.

 

Turku Music Festival 2020 artists and guests:

 

Kerttu Aalto-Setälä

Kristian Attila

Martin James Bartlett

Catherine Bullock

Elise Båtnes

Nikita Boriso-Glebsky

Juan Diego Flórez

Thomas Florio

Pia Freund

Ilya Gringolts

Nino Gvetadze

Thomas Hampson

Jenni Haukio

Camilla Hoitenga

Essi Höglund

Vlad Iftinca

Eero Ignatius

Petteri Iivonen

Tuomas Katajala

Eija Kankaanrinta

Kasmir

Seppo Kimanen

Laura Kolbe

Uli Kontu-Korhonen

Eveliina Kytömäki

Elisabeth Leonskaja

Mikko Luoma

Aurora Martens

Peter Mattei

Klaus Mäkelä

Jukka Nykänen

Lilli Paasikivi

Mari Palo

Lorenzo Passerini

Helena Petäistö

Jerry Piipponen

Lasse Piirainen

Johannes Piirto

Juho Pohjonen

Andrej Power

Nadine Sierra

Senja Rummukainen

Matti Salminen

Vincenzo Scalera

Seela Sella

Päivi Severeide

Antti Siirala

Naoko Sonoda

Markus Suihkonen

Andreas Sundén

Torleif Thedéen

Alina Tomnikov

Louisa Tuck

Ville Urponen

Olavi Uusivirta

Ilkka ”Ile” Vainio

Pēteris Vasks (residence composer)

Johanna Venho

Tuulia Ylönen

 

Gringolts String Quartet

Vertavo String Quartet

 

The Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

Turku Philharmonic Orchestra

Turku Music Festival organises two concerts at Wigmore Hall in London

The Turku Music Festival is organising two back-to-back concerts at Wigmore Hall in London on Saturday 4 April 2020, at 11.00 and 14.00. The performers are Sunwook Kim, Lorenza Borrani, Alban Gerhardt, Julia Kretz-Larsson, Sunwook Kim, Sarah McElravy, Julian Rachlin and the artistic director of the Turku Music Festival, Klaus Mäkelä. Julian Rachlin is not only one of the world’s finest violinists but also the Principal Guest Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra.

Turku Festival Showcase
Wigmore Hall, London
Sat 4 Apr 2020 at 11.00

Julia-Maria Kretz, violin
Sarah McElravy, violin
Julian Rachlin, violin
Alban Gerhardt, cello
Klaus Mäkelä, cello
Sunwook Kim, piano

Colombi: Chiacona
Saariaho: Dreaming Chaconna (After G. Colombi)
Gerhardt

Vasks: Castillo interior
McElravy, Gerhardt

Schumann: Piano Quintet
Kim, Rachlin, Kretz-Larson, McElravy, Mäkelä

Turku Festival Showcase
Wigmore Hall, Lontoo
Sat 4 Apr 2020 at 14.00

Lorenza Borrani, violin
Julian Rachlin, violin
Sarah McElravy, viola
Alban Gerhardt, cello
Klaus Mäkelä, cello

Sauli Zinovjev: Sospirando 4 “Schubert”
Schubert: String Quintet
Borrani, Rachlin, McElravy, Gerhardt, Mäkelä

The programmes were designed by Klaus Mäkelä, artistic director of the Turku Music Festival, who also performs at both concerts. Klaus Mäkelä is a distinguished conductor and also one of the finest cellists of his generation in Finland.

The concerts are jointly produced with Wigmore Hall and are open to the public. Tickets are on sale in the Wigmore Hall sales channels. The purpose of the concerts is, as their title indicates, to showcase the Turku Music Festival to London audiences and thus to attract interest in the annual event.

“I am very pleased and proud to bring concerts of the Turku Music Festival to Wigmore Hall. It is a great honour to perform some of the world’s greatest music with my wonderful colleagues at this venue, while also raising awareness of the Turku Music Festival abroad,” says Klaus Mäkelä.

“Wigmore Hall is one of the best and most legendary concert venues in Europe. Having this unique opportunity says something about the status of the Turku Music Festival in the international music festival context. In keeping with its strategy, the Turku Music Festival Foundation seeks to establish closer international contacts and engage in cooperation. We will be organising concerts and promotional events abroad for this purpose, to raise our profile and to bring international audiences, culture tourists, to Turku. This also serves to raise awareness of Finnish music as a whole,” says Liisa Ketomäki, managing director of the Turku Music Festival Foundation.

The City of Turku, Visit Turku and Business Finland are also involved, and a separate info about the offering of the Turku region for tourists will be held in connection with the concerts. “I am impressed with the work that the Turku Music Festival is doing to make Turku better known abroad. Turku is a city of culture with much to offer to culture tourists,” says Minna Arve, Mayor of Turku.

Tickets to both Turku Festival Showcase concerts at Wigmore Hall in London on Saturday 4 April are on sale on the Wigmore Hall website and at the Wigmore Hall ticket office in London.

Links to concerts:
https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/alban-gerhardt-sarah-mcelravy-julian-rachlin-julia-kretz-larsson-klaus-maekelae-sunwook-kim-202004041100
https://wigmore-hall.org.uk/whats-on/julian-rachlin-lorenza-borrani-sarah-mcelravy-alban-gerhardt-klaus-maekelae-202004041400

Wigmore Hall ticket office tel. +44 20 7935 2141 and e-mail boxoffice@wigmore-hall.org.uk The Wigmore Hall ticket office is open from 10.00 to 18.30.

Wigmore Hall:
36 Wigmore Street
London W1U 2BP

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, baritone Peter Mattei and mezzosoprano Joyce DiDonato to perform at the Turku Music Festival in 2020

The Turku Music Festival will be bringing the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra to Turku for a concert at the festival on Friday 14 August 2020 at 19.00. Conducted by the artistic director of the festival, conductor Klaus Mäkelä, the concert will feature Swedish baritone Peter Mattei, currently appearing in the title role in Alban Berg’s Wozzeck at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. The programme comprises Ravel’s Le Tombeau de Couperin, baritone arias by Mozart and Sibelius’s Symphonies nos. 6 and 7. The concert is jointly produced with the Baltic Sea Festival of the Swedish Radio.

“The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra is one of the finest in the Nordic countries, and it has been six years since their last visit. We are honoured to welcome the orchestra to Turku again, along with one of the world’s most sought-after singers, Peter Mattei. The evening will also be unique because of being conducted by our artistic director and the Principal Guest Conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Klaus Mäkelä,” says Liisa Ketomäki, managing director of the Turku Music Festival. “The cities of Turku and Stockholm work closely together, and this concert is one link in a centuries-old chain of interaction and cultural exchange that will only grow stronger in the years to come,” she continues.

The Turku Music Festival previously announced plans to expand its concert offering beyond the summer season. At Turku Concert Hall on Monday 7 December 2020 at 19.00, friends of Baroque music will be treated to a concert by American mezzosoprano Joyce DiDonato and the Baroque orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro. Titled ‘Joyce DiDonato: My Favourite Things’, the concert will include some of her favourite arias by composers such as Buonamente, Cesti, Dowland, Gluck, Handel, Hasse, Monteverdi, Merula and Rossi.

Joyce DiDinato is one of the brightest stars on the opera firmament. In February, she appears in the title role of Handel’s Agrippina at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Both Wozzeck and Agrippina will be shown in Finland by Finnkino as Met Live HD screenings.

“If audiences find us outside August, meaning that there is demand, the Turku Music Festival Foundation will seek to hold more concerts at other times of the year, in keeping with its strategy. Joyce DiDonato is a versatile performer who has no doubt attracted new audiences to opera. We are pleased to welcome her to Turku with a programme that is deeply meaningful for her. Il Pomo d’Oro are old friends, they have almost become a fixture at the festival,” says Liisa Ketomäki.

Tickets to both concerts (14 August 2020 and 7 December 2020) will go on sale at all Lippupiste points of sale on 9 January 2020 at 12.00.

The Turku Music Festival previously announced four other concerts in its programme for 2020. Baritone Aarne Pelkonen performs with some of Finland’s finest musicians in February. Tenor Juan Diego Flórez gives a recital with pianist Vincenzo Scalera on 28 July in a head start to the festival in August. Soprano Nadine Sierra appears with the Turku Philharmonic on 13 August, and countertenor Franco Fagioli appears in a Mozart programme with the Basel Chamber Orchestra on 4 October, coinciding with the Turku Book Fair.

“We are on a path of strong growth, and we are seeking more international awareness and wider audiences. We wish to promote cultural tourism to Turku and to Finland as a whole. We will be talking more about this before publishing the full festival programme in March,” says Liisa Ketomäki.

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The full programme of the Turku Music Festival will be released on Tuesday 10 March 2020. The artistic director of the festival is conductor Klaus Mäkelä.

Star tenor Juan Diego Flórez in concert in Turku

Juan Diego Flórez, one of the world’s most acclaimed tenors, will give a recital at the Turku Music Festival on Tuesday 28 July 2020 at 19.00, just about a week before the Festival proper. This preview concert will be held at Turku Concert Hall. He will be accompanied by Vincenzo Scalera, a pianist familiar to Turku audiences. The programme will feature opera arias and other favourites by composers such as Donizetti, Verdi, Massenet and Puccini. The detailed programme will be released in the spring.

“I look very much forward to performing for the first time at the Turku Festival next 28 July! This wonderful festival gathers every year so many international artists, and I can’t wait to sing there and meet its audience.”

“Juan Diego Flórez is one of the busiest opera singers and one of the best tenors in the world. We are very glad that he has accepted our invitation to perform in Turku. He will be performing the same programme at the Salzburg Festival and elsewhere next summer,” says Liisa Ketomäki, managing director of the Turku Music Festival Foundation.

The Turku Music Festival has previously announced three other concerts in its next summer’s programme: a recital by baritone Aarne Pelkonen with prominent Finnish musicians in February; a concert with countertenor Franco Fagioli and the Basle Chamber Orchestra featuring a Mozart programme, coinciding with the Turku Book Fair on 4 October; and a concert with soprano Nadine Sierra and the Turku Philharmonic in August.

“We are pursuing a path of robust growth, and our goal is to achieve an even more prominent international profile and visitors from abroad. We aim to increase cultural tourism to Turku. Our programme for next summer is broad and highly diverse. Klaus Mäkelä and I will have more to say after the New Year,” says Liisa Ketomäki.

Tickets for the recital by Juan Diego Flórez go on sale at all Lippupiste points of sale on Thursday 12 December at 10.00.

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The Turku Music Festival will publish its entire programme on Monday 9 March 2020. 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(at)tmj.fi

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Tickets

Tickets to the Turku Music Festival are sold by Lippupiste at all Lippupiste points of sale and R kiosks throughout Finland, and online at www.lippu.fi.

For ticket reservations or bookings or information on purchases, please phone +358 600 900 900. The cost of a call is EUR 1.98 per minute + local call charge. (The lines are open Mon to Sat 09.00–21.00, Sun 10.00–18.00.)

Tickets may also be bought at the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra box office at the Turku Concert Hall (Aninkaistenkatu 9), Thu and Fri 12.00–16.00, tel. +358 2 262 0333, e-mail kulttuuri.myynti(at)turku.fi. Reservations are also taken at the Turku Music Festival office, tel. +358 40 632 3397, e-mail info(at)tmj.fi.

Baritone Aarne Pelkonen to perform at a Turku Music Festival concert

The Turku Music Festival is again producing the opening concert of the ’Music in the Cathedral’ week. This concert, titled Haavekuvia (Dream images), is at Turku Cathedral on Monday 3 February 2020 at 19.00. The performers are Aarne Pelkonen (baritone), Marzi Nyman (piano and guitar), Jukka Perko (saxophone), Erika Maalismaa (violin) and Jani Pensola (bass).

Baritone Aarne Pelkonen is known for his performance as Petter Kummelin, the priest in the opera Jää [Ice] by Jaakko Kuusisto, based on the novel by Ulla-Lena Lundberg, staged at the Finnish National Opera. Haavekuvia [Dream images] is a concert featuring beloved Finnish popular classics and songs written for Pelkonen setting poems by old Finnish masters such as Eino Leino, Aaro Hellaakoski and L. Onerva. These songs were written by Iiro Rantala, Marzi Nyman and Jukka Linkola.

”We are pleased to continue our collaboration with ’Music in the Cathedral’, and this concert is a fine start to our offering for 2020. The concert features some of Finland’s most distinguished musicians and new songs by leading songwriters,” says Liisa Ketomäki, managing director of the Turku Music Festival Foundation.

Aarne Pelkonen: Haavekuvia

3 Feb 2020 19.00 Turku Cathedral

Aarne Pelkonen, baritone
Marzi Nyman, piano & guitar
Jukka Perko, saxophone
Eriikka Maalismaa, violin
Jani Pensola, bass

Programme:

Laulu oravasta [Song of the squirrel]
Maailma on kaunis [The world is beautiful]
Three songs from Hymyilevä Apollo [Smiling Apollo] by Eino Leino
Sinua sinua rakastan [It is you, it is you that I love]
Väliaikainen [A passing thing]
Yö väistyy [Night recedes]
Tein lasinkuultavan laulun [I struck a note of crystal]
Rannalla [On the shore]
Kuu kalpea [Pale moon]
Kesäyö [Summer night]
Nocturne
Haavekuva [Dream image]

Tickets: 25 | 20 €

Tickets for Haavekuvia [Dream images] go on sale on 19 Nov at 12.00. All Turku Music Festival tickets are sold at Lippupiste outlets.

The Turku Music Festival will be held from 6 to 16 August 2020. The programme for this 61st festival was designed by the artistic director of the Festival, conductor Klaus Mäkelä.

The full programme will be published on 9 March 2020.

Further information and requests for interviews:
Further information is provided by managing director Liisa Ketomäki, liisa.ketomaki@tmj.fi, tel. +358407406200