Photo: Ulla Nikula
Accordionist Antti Paalanen and actor Jarkko Lahti will create a concert celebrating Finland's 100 years to Helsinki Music Centre on the 7th of April.

Sibelius Academy’s events in spring 2017 celebrate Finland’s centenary

The events of Uniarts Helsinki’s Sibelius Academy bring music by the Sibelius Academy’s students, teachers and recent graduates to the Helsinki Music Centre and churches. The Sibelius Academy presents six special concerts in honour of Finland’s 100 years of independence in the upcoming spring.

The Helsinki Music Centre’s Finland 100 concert programme includes gems of the Finnish opera scene (18 February), music technologists’ interpretation of Finland as part of the world in a performance called Lullabies for grown-ups (14 March), and accordionist Antti Paalanen and actor Jarkko Lahti’s folk music concert, where they interpret Finnish folk poetry as well as texts by Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, Ari-Pekka Lahti and Henrik Ibsen (7 April). The department of vocal music partners with the Sinebrychoff Art Museum in the Lucid songs, acid songs recital series, which showcases Finnish classical solo songs since 1917, the year of Finland’s independence (5 February, 26 March and 7 May). The concert series will continue in the autumn.

January brings along a new concert series called Young artists of the winter, which builds on the tradition of Young artists of the summer, launched in the summer of 2013. The purpose of both of the series is to turn the spotlight on the Sibelius Academy’s alumni who have recently graduated and demonstrated excellent academic success. This time, the series features pianists Matleena Nyman and Joel Papinaho, cellist Lukas Stasevskij, and a talent in the field of early music, Baroque violinist Anna Rainio.

International stars share their talent in courses and concerts

The Sibelius Academy has the pleasure of hosting several international guests also next spring in courses, master classes and concerts. One of the most interesting guest concerts of the spring will be by Malcolm Bilson, a fortepiano virtuoso, who plays a recital in the German Church of Helsinki on 22 May.

On 20 May, the Helsinki Music Centre provides the stage for the Symphony Orchestra of Curtis Institute of Music, the Sibelius Academy’s partner school. The orchestra will be conducted by Osmo Vänskä. Collaborations between music universities is also the theme on 12 and 13 May, as the Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra welcomes Musikhochschule Hannover Symphony Orchestra as its guest in the Helsinki Music Centre and Järvenpää Hall. The joint orchestra with musicians from both of the schools will be conducted by the Japan-born professor of conducting Eiji Ōue. The Sibelius Academy Chamber Orchestra will also have an international guest in the spring, as top violinist Barnabás Kelemen from Hungary serves as both the conductor and the soloist of the orchestra in the Temppeliaukio Church on 27 January.

Guests of the jazz department include saxophonist Will Vinson (23 March) and bassist Darryl Hall (6 May).

Opera and musical theatre

The acting students of the Theatre Academy along with the practice orchestra and conducting students of the Sibelius Academy join forces for a joint production of Sondheim! An introduction to the texts and music of Stephen Sondheim, with performances running from 26 to 28 January in the Helsinki Music Centre’s Sonore Hall. Jukka Ruotsalainen is the director, while Atso Almila and Markku Luuppala are in charge of musical coaching.

The Sibelius Academy Opera performs a modern version of Benjamin Britten’s opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with the premiere on 22 April and last show on 29 April. The guest director of the opera is Victoria Newlyn from Great Britain.

All the upcoming events of the Sibelius Academy scheduled for 2017 are listed at www.uniarts.fi/en/calendar. Tickets will be on sale on Monday 19 December via Ticketmaster.

Further information

Production manager Miisa Järvi
Tel. 040 710 4334