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The Sibelius Academy’s events in autumn 2017 honour Finland’s centenary

The events of Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy in autumn 2017 celebrate 100 years of Finland’s independence and the anniversaries of the academy’s programmes and departments. The autumn season has a brilliant start, as the Sibelius Academy and the Juilliard School in New York come together and perform as a joint symphony orchestra at the Helsinki Music Centre on 26 August. The orchestra consisting of about 90 musicians will be conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, an alumnus of the Sibelius Academy. The orchestra will give concerts also at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm on 28 August and at Lincoln Center in New York City on 5 September. The project has received significant support from the Jane and Aatos Erkko Foundation, Finland 100 project, Sibelius Academy Foundation and Wärtsilä.

Another important event next autumn is the Fourth International Maj Lind Piano Competition, which will be organised during 17–31 August. A total of 44 contestants have been selected to the first round, and among them are the following six young Finnish pianists: Hannu Alasaarela, Väinö Jalkanen, Tarmo Peltokoski, Justas Stasevskij, Fanny Söderström and Aleksei Zaitsev. All of the competition rounds and the finals will be held at the Helsinki Music Centre.

Finland’s centenary celebrations continue

The Sibelius Academy continues its Finland 100 programme with a total of 12 concerts in the autumn season. Professor of Opera Markus Lehtinen has curated a concert series titled Finnish songbook, which will bring performances to the White Hall (23 Sep), Helsinki City Hall (21 Oct), Finnish National Museum (18 Nov), and Kallio Church (2 Dec). Entry is free of charge, so everyone is welcome to come and listen to songs that are all quintessentially Finnish. Recitals are heard also in the Lucid songs, acid songs concert series, which showcases Finnish solo songs on 24 September, 12 November and 10 December in the Sinebrychoff Art Museum.

The Helsinki Music Centre hosts a variety of concerts included in Finland’s centenary programme: Sila Fato presents multicultural Finland in a concert titled Musical Crossroads (8 Sep), Kaaos Ensemble performs newer Finnish music (12 Oct), organist Ville Urponen and actress Pia Koponen give their interpretation of the Finnish mental landscape (21 Oct), and kantele musician Eija Kankaanranta, Kokkola Quartet, flautist Camilla Hoitenga and harpsichordist Assi Karttunen join forces for a contemporary music concert (14 Nov).

Anniversary events and festivals

Several of the Sibelius Academy’s departments and programmes celebrate their anniversary in autumn 2017. The Music Education Department celebrates its 60th anniversary during a festival week named 60th Anniversary of School Music Teacher Training (23–28 Oct), and the kantele class honours its 30th anniversary with a gala concert on 11 November in the Camerata Hall of the Helsinki Music Centre. The year 2017 also marks the 20th anniversary of the Arts Management Programme and the 40th anniversary of the accordion class.

The Sibelius Academy’s Jazz Department delves into the wide spectrum of Nordic jazz during the three-day norDIG. festival at the Helsinki Music Centre from 4 to 6 October. norDIG.’s line-up of performers includes Sten Sandell & Aki Rissanen Duo (SE/FI), Atomic (NO/SE), Antti Lötjönen Quintet East (FI), Carl Winther Trio feat. Timo Lassy (DK/SE/FI), Kalle Kalima Pentasonic (FI) and Arve Henriksen, Hilmar Jensson & Skúli Sverrisson (IS/NO). This year is special for DIG., too, as it will be organised for the 15th time in 2017.

The MuTeFest festival brings performances by students and staff in the Music Technology Department from 20 to 25 November. The festival fun doesn’t end there, and between 7 and 9 December it’s time for Global Fest, the Global Music Programme’s festival that aims to create platforms for intercultural understanding and collaboration through music and other art forms.

The Sibelius Academy’s Opera Programme has chosen Giuseppe Verdi’s Falstaff for its autumn 2017 production. The opera is directed and modernised by Ville Saukkonen, and it can be seen on stage at the Sonore Hall of the Helsinki Music Centre.

Tickets to all Sibelius Academy events in autumn 2017 are now available for purchase via Ticketmaster.

Further information

Production manager Miisa Järvi
Tel. 040 710 4334

Hans Tinell
Tel. 040 710 4318