Soiva kieli vocal music series: Covid reflections

Songs of lockdowns, isolation and reunion

Keval Shah and vocal arts student
Henrietta Harju

You can watch a free live stream of the concert on Youtube, 13 October, 19–20.30.

Students of vocal arts and piano reflect on our collective pandemic journey of the last eighteen months in a programme of songs about isolation, lockdown, hope of better days ahead and, finally, joyful songs of reunion. This recital, the first Soiva Kieli concert of the academic year, will feature songs in German, French, English, Swedish and Finnish. 


Danger and darkness

Schubert – Der Tod und das Mädchen, D531

Schumann – Zwielicht (from Liederkreis, op.39)

Armstrong Gibbs – Hypochondriacus

Strauss – Die Nacht, op.10 no.3

Schreker – Die Dunkelheit sinkt schwer wie Blei

Lockdowns and quarantines

Sibelius – Serenad

Brahms – Vergebliches Ständchen, op.84 no.4

Schubert – Der Einsame, D800

Purcell, arr. Britten – O Solitude, Z306

Nakada – Cherry Alley

Fauré – Prison

Barber – The Monk and his Cat (from Hermit Songs)

Poulenc – Hôtel (from Banalités)

Rachmaninoff – K ney, op.38 no.2 Bridge – Come to me in my dreams

Recovery and a new dawn

Strauss – Morgen, op.27 no.4

Wolf – Der Genesene an die Hoffnung (from Mörike-Lieder)

Schubert – Frühlingsglaube, D686

Chaminade – Espoir


Olivia Moss (soprano) and Kumi Shimozaki (piano)
Aleksiina Turtiainen (soprano) and Reetta Järä (piano)
Veikko Vallinoja (baritone) and Jussi Littunen (piano)

The performers are vocal and piano students from Sibelius Academy

Further information: Matti Leisma,

Soiva kieli

In Sibelius Academy’s Soiva kieli vocal music series, four lied concerts are performed each year by vocal arts and piano students. The programme has been designed by the artistic director of Invocation, Keval Shah, lecturer in Lied

Music – of a more recent variety

The students of the Sibelius Academy perform in over 700 concerts each year. The concerts of the internationally renowned academy open doors for future top artists and offer unforgettable experiences.


13.10.2021 at 19:00 – 20:30


Helsinki Music Centre, Sibelius Academy

Töölönlahdenkatu 16

00100 Helsinki



6,50–11,50 €
Ticket sale starts on September 10, 2021 at 9 a.m. Tickets will be sold at half of the total capacity.

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Further information

We want to create a safe event experience even during the corona. Please read the safety instructions here before arriving at the event.

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