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Organ Night & Aria Festival

7 June – 30 August 2018

The magic of music and summer nights

Unique late evening concerts will light up the mediaeval grey stone cathedral of Espoo with a versatile, high standard programme throughout the festival season, as leading artists provide memorable experiences on intimate summer evenings. This year’s festival themes draw on a diverse cultural heritage, with community singing, works by leading composers such as Merikanto, Kuula and Debussy, and the music of our times. The Artistic Director of Organ Night & Aria Festival is the distinguished pianist Erkki Korhonen.

Greeting from the artistic director

 

June

 

THU 7 JUNE AT 19.30                

FRI 8 JUNE AT 18.00

TAPIOLA CHURCH

39 €

 

OPENING CONCERTS: ROSSINI, STABAT MATER

Gioacchino Rossini’s masterpiece Stabat Mater was one of the last works of the composer, taking a decade to complete. Premiered in 1842, the work immediately gained great popularity throughout Europe and was also acclaimed by other composers. Stabat Mater has always been performed by leading artists of the day, and we are proud to continue this tradition by entrusting the work to

AURORA MARTHENS, soprano

TUIJA KNIHTILÄ, alto

HEIKKI HATTUNEN, tenor

PETRI LINDROOS, bass

EMO ENSEMBLE och VOCALESPOO FESTIVAL CHOIR

TAPIOLA SINFONIETTA

KLAUS MÄKELÄ, conductor

 

In co-operation with VocalEspoo Festival and Tapiola Sinfonietta

 

 

THU 14 JUNE AT 21.00              

ESPOO CATHEDRAL

14–29 €

 

SONGS FROM OUR BALTIC COASTLINE

A choir of church musicians led by a legendary choirmaster will render a heartfelt performance of rarely heard gems of ecclesiastical and choral music.

CHAMBER CHOIR GLORIA

SEPPO MURTO, conductor
Grigoryeva – Pärt – Vasks – Esenvalds – Mendelssohn – Sandström – Karlsson – Kuula

 

 

THU 21 JUNE AT 21.00              

ESPOO CATHEDRAL

Free entrance

 

MIDSUMMER SOIRÉE – MERIKANTO 150

An opportunity to hear some of the best-loved vocal works of Oskar Merikanto and to join in community singing of summery songs and hymns for the sunniest evenings of the year!

SATU VIHAVAINEN, soprano

ILKKA VIHAVAINEN, bass

ERKKI KORHONEN, piano

 

 

THU 28 JUNE AT 21.00              

ESPOO CATHEDRAL

14–29 €

 

A LIED CELEBRATION

Songs by Yrjö Kilpinen and prize winning works from the national lied composing competition arranged in his honour last autumn will provide the materials for a wonderful celebration of Finnish lied singing with leading performers.

KAISA RANTA, soprano

ESSI LUTTINEN, mezzo-soprano

MERJA MÄKELÄ, mezzo-soprano

NICHOLAS SÖDERLUND, bass-baritone

KIRILL KOZLOVSKI, piano

ILKKA PAANANEN, piano

 

Kilpinen – Agopov – Pohjonen – Lehmus – Ollila – Heiniö – Damström – Jaakkola – Kettunen

 

In co-operation with The Yrjö Kilpinen Society

 

July

 

THU 5 JULY AT 21.00

ESPOO CATHEDRAL

14–29 €

 

RAUTAVAARA, VIGILIA

Inspired by memories of summer evening twilight over Valaam Island, Einojuhani Rautavaara composed an Orthodox mass that is brimming with mystical ambience. Helsinki Chamber Choir has also made an award-winning recording of Vigilia.

HELSINKI CHAMBER CHOIR

NIALL CHORELL, tenor

TUUKKA HAAPANIEMI, bass

NILS SCHWECKENDIEK, conductor

 

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Vigilia

 

 

THU 12 JULY AT 21.00               

ESPOO CATHEDRAL

14–29 €

 

A NEW STAR SOPRANO AT THE MARIINSKI

The splendid performances of this young Russian soprano at the Mariinski Theatre and venues in Central Europe are making her a household name and internationally sought-after star.

PELAGEYA KURENNAYA, soprano

MARITA VIITASALO, piano

 

Pjotr Tchaikovsky – Sergey Rachmaninov – Giocomo Puccini – Gaetano Donizetti – Vincenzo Bellini

 

 

THU 19 JULY AT 21.00               

ESPOO CATHEDRAL

14–29 €

 

THE ENCHANTMENT OF SONG AND ORGAN

Shaking the summer evening mood with impressive interpretations of Finnish vocal art and young organ virtuosity.

JORMA HYNNINEN, baritone

PÉTUR SAKARI, organ

 

Oskar Merikanto – Toivo Kuula – Louis Vierne

 

 

THU 26 JULY AT 21.00               

ESPOO CATHEDRAL

14–29 €

 

AN INCOMPARABLE MOZART TENOR

An opportunity to hear the dulcet tones of one of the world’s finest Mozart specialist tenor singers interpreting stunning works by Mozart and Richard Strauss.

TUOMAS KATAJALA, tenor

ERKKI KORHONEN, piano

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Richard Strauss

 

 

August

 

THU 2 AUGUST AT 21.00          

ESPOO CATHEDRAL

14–39 €

 

LIGHT IN THE NIGHT

The orchestra and soloists of the Finnish National Opera and music of unadorned beauty will bring a warm glow to this early August evening.

MARKUS NYKÄNEN, tenor

PETTERI IIVONEN, violin

AMELIA COLEMAN, oboe

VEERA MYLLYNIEMI, clarinet

ASKO PADINKI, bassoon

JOSE LUIS CORTELL AÑO, horn

THE ORCHESTRA OF THE FINNISH NATIONAL OPERA

KURT KOPECKY, conductor

 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia concertante KV 297 B, Es major

Ludwig van Beethoven: Romance for violin in F major & G major

Benjamin Britten: Les Illuminations

 

In co-operation with Finnish National Opera and Ballet

 

 

THU 9 AUGUST AT 21.00

ESPOO CATHEDRAL

14–39 €

 

WITH A GENTLE SUMMERY SWING

The evergreen splendour of love song waltzes by Brahms and a host of star performers will transport the audience to a world of wistful beauty and summer gambols.

MARI PALO, soprano

LILLI PAASIKIVI, mezzo-soprano

MARKUS NYKÄNEN, tenor

KRISTIAN LINDROOS, baritone

TUULA HÄLLSTRÖM, piano

ERKKI KORHONEN, piano

 

Johannes Brahms: Liebeslieder Waltzes

Claude Debussy – Oskar Merikanto

 

 

THU 16 AUGUST AT 21.00       

ESPOO CATHEDRAL

14–24 €

 

A TOP-FLIGHT CHOIR FROM TOKYO

An internationally acclaimed children’s choir from the Land of the Rising Sun will capture the emotions with performances that combine joy and artistry.

NHK TOKYO CHILDREN’S CHORUS

KENJI OHTANI ja NORIKO KANEDA, conductors

MARI KARIYA, piano

SOSHI HARA, violincello

 

Teruaki Suzuki – Minao Shibata – Toivo Kuula

 

 

THU 23 AUGUST AT 21.00

ESPOO CATHEDRAL

14–24 €

 

HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Come and experience this classic oratorio in its rarely heard original form. Performed by a chamber ensembles of the Finnish Baroque Orchestra, the Dublin version will feature the FiBO Singers in both the solo and choral sections.

FIBO SINGERS:

TUULI LINDEBERG and KAJSA DAHLBÄCK, soprano

TEPPO LAMPELA and KATARIINA HEIKKILÄ, alto

JUSSI SALONEN and MARTTI ANTTILA, tenor

JUSSI LEHTIPUU and SAMPO HAAPANIEMI, bass

FIBO PLAYERS

ANTTI TIKKANEN, violin and leader

 

Händel: Messiah

 

 

WED 29 AUGUST AT 18.00

SELLOSALI

Free entrance

 

MUSIC BRINGS CREATIVITY TO EARLY DEVELOPMENT

An open seminar

A Finnish language seminar discussing musical talent and the importance of music in the intellectual and emotional development of young people.

Specialists

MARI TERVANIEMI, research leader at CICERO -Learning network, Helsinki University

JARI SINKKONEN, doctor of child and adolescent psychiatry

Performing artists

MAIJU VAAHTOLUOTO, mezzo-soprano

TAAVI ORAMO, baritone

KAMELEONTTIKUORO, choir from Espoo Music Institute

ERKKI KORHONEN, host of the seminar

 

Organized in co-operation with Suomen Aivosäätiö

 

 

THU 30 AUGUST AT 21.00       

ESPOO CATHEDRAL

14–29 €

 

EN ROUTE TO THE STARS

Gifted young singers performing the most beautiful compositions by Toivo Kuula, Oskar Merikanto and Claude Debussy, and rarely heard duets by Johannes Brahms. The songs of Heta Aho based on the works of Edith Södergran will also introduce the audience to the latest Finnish lyric poetry.

MAIJU VAAHTOLUOTO, mezzo-soprano

TAAVI ORAMO, tenor

ERKKI KORHONEN, piano                               

 

Toivo Kuula – Oskar Merikanto – Claude Debussy – Johannes Brahms – Heta Aho

 

In co-operation with Kansan Sivistysrahasto / Päivi and Paavo Lipponen fund

 

Duration of the concerts is about 1 h 15 min.

Right to changes reserved.

Organ Night and Aria festival participates in Kaikukortti Service of the City of Espoo. 

 

Concert venues

June 7 and 8 – Tapiola Church, Kirkkopolku 6, Espoo

June 14 – August 30 – Espoo Cathedral, Kirkkopuisto 5, Espoo

An open seminar 29 August

Sellosali, Soittoniekanaukio 1, Leppävaara, Espoo

 

BEFORE THE CONCERTS

 

In Tapiola

Introduction to Stabat Mater Thu 7 June at 18.30-19.00

The artistic director Erkki Korhonen tells us more about the origins of Rossini’s Stabat Mater and the life of the composer (in Finnish). Admission free. Grill it! restaurant, Original Sokos Hotel Tapiola Garden

Meet the artists Fri 8 June at 20.00 (Note: after the concert!)

Exploring some post-concert impressions of the Stabat Mater performers, hosted by Erkki Korhonen. Admission free. Grill it! restaurant, Original Sokos Hotel Tapiola Garden

Concert café

An opportunity to enjoy delicious homemade organic pastries an hour before concert at Tapiola Church.

 

 

In Espoo Cathedral

 

Meet the artists every Thursday (excl. 21 June) at 20–20.30 in Pitäjäntupa, near the Espoo Cathedral

Artists of the evening will tell us about their chosen repertoire of the concert. You’ll also be able to catch up on their latest doings. Hosted by Erkki Korhonen.

Presentation of the organ in Espoo Cathedral Thu 19 July at 20–20.30

Would you like to know more about the organ of Espoo Cathedral? Cantor Petri Koivusalo will share some interesting details about the instrument. (In Finnish)

Concert café

An opportunity to enjoy delicious homemade organic pastries at the nearby chapel before the concerts

at 19.30-21.00.

 

 

TICKETS

 

Opening concert 7 and 8 June in Tapiola Church

EUR 39/37/14 (normal price / pensioners / students and children under 18)

 

Concerts in Espoo Cathedral 14 June – 30 August

EUR 14-39 (depending on the concert and chosen seats)

 

The ticket prices include the service fee EUR 1,50–3,50. Delivery fee from EUR 1 at lippu.fi (not at the door sales).

Seats in 2nd price categories have limited visibility and seats in 3rd price categories have very limited visibility.

 

Discounts

  • Pensioners, unemployed and conscripts

2 € off in the 1st and 2nd price categories

  • Students and children under 18

Tickets 14 € in every price category

  • Groups minimum of 10 persons -20 %
  • S group Benefit

3 € off from the ticket price in the 1st price category in concerts June 28 and July 5, when purchased beforehand

  • Free ticket with Kaikukortti. When purchased at ticket outlets, a service fee 1,50 € + delivery fee must be paid. At the door without fees.

 

 

Sets of tickets

Set of 3 tickets for three different concerts purchased at one time, a 10 % discount (no any other discounts).

Set of 5 tickets for five different concerts purchased at one time, a 20 % discount (no any other discounts).

 

BUY TICKETS FROM

Lippu.fi

 

Ticket sales at the door begin one hour before each concert.

No refunds on ticket purchases.

Notice: Tickets for wheel chairs, Kaikukortti tickets and sets of tickets are sold only in full-service ticket outlets and telephone service (excl. online shopping).

 

 

CONNECTIONS

 

Train / subway

It takes only 25 minutes by train from Helsinki city center to Espoo centre and 15 minutes by subway to Tapiola. See the journey planner for routes and timetables: www.reittiopas.fi/en

Festivalbus after concerts

A festival bus to Helsinki city center via southern Espoo leaves from the car park of Espoo Cathedral after concerts (excl. 7 and 8 June). Price: 4 € to Espoo, 6 € to Helsinki.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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