University of the Arts Helsinki’s conferment concert
Sibelius Academy Chamber Orchestra
Jutta Seppinen, conductor
Aaron Goldberg, piano
Malla Kuuranne, recitation
The festivities of the University of The Arts Helsinki's conferment ceremony begin with a concert, where the Sibelius Academy Chamber Orchestra will take the stage with conductor Jutta Seppinen.
The programme opens with Einojuhani Rautavaara’s cheerful Pelimannit [Fiddlers], which is based on Ostrobothnian fiddler tunes. In this concert, the work will include the movement ‘Jacob Könni’, which was in the original piano suite but omitted by Rautavaara from the string orchestra version. The movement was newly arranged by Lauri Ahokas for strings.
After the intermission, the audience will get to hear Arnold Schönberg’s dramatic Verklärte Nacht, which is based on a love poem with the same name by Richard Dehmel. Schönberg composed the work originally for a string sextet, but later on, he also arranged a string orchestra version, which will be heard in the concert.
The Sibelius Academy Chamber Orchestra’s soloist will be American jazz pianist Aaron Goldberg, who will perform jazz compositions that are specifically arranged for this unique collaboration.
The concert includes an intermission.
Conductor, mezzo-soprano and Sibelius Academy alumna Jutta Seppinen (born 1976) has conducted several orchestras both in Finland and abroad since her graduation.
”Seppinen is an exceptional talent." Mats Liljeroos, Hufvudstadsbladet, 2016.
Brilliant and versatile jazz pianist Aaron Goldberg (born 1974) has released five solo albums and worked with numerous musicians, such as Joshua Redman, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Guillermo Klein.
Professor (h.c.) Malla Kuuranne (born 1954) teaches oral expression at the University of the Arts Helsinki’s Theatre Academy, and she is also known as an accomplished recitation artist and pedagogue. She has a long history of performing both solo as well as with a group called Äänessä.