Sibelius Academy announces its event schedule for spring 2019
The spring season will be launched on 9 January with a viol concert by Johanna Kilpijärvi as part of the Young Artists of the Winter series. Other concerts featured in the series will take place between 15 January and 1 February at the Helsinki Music Centre.
The Sibelius Academy Symphony Orchestra will begin its 2019 concert season with conductor Atso Almila, who is finishing off his six-year term as Professor of Conducting and Orchestral Training. The concert will be held at St John’s Church on 26 January. The Symphony Orchestra will also give a concert at the Helsinki Music Centre on 5 April and at Järvenpää Hall on 6 April with Eva Ollikainen as the conductor.
The Sibelius Academy will also have a strong presence in the Musica nova Helsinki festival in February. The Sibelius Academy’s contemporary music ensemble NYKY Ensemble and department of music technology are part of the team that will bring the highly anticipated music spectacle FLASH FLASH – the two deaths of andy warhol into life. The opera will be performed in the Black Box Hall of the Helsinki Music Centre on 9–10 February and at Espoo City Theatre on 13–16 February. The opera is composed by Juhani Nuorvala, and Erik Söderblom will serve as the director. The long-awaited premiere is a joint production between Espoo City Theatre, Musica nova Helsinki festival, University of the Arts Helsinki and Aalto University.
Other contributions of the Sibelius Academy in the Musica nova festival are Hear This, I’m a Composer! concert on 8 February and NYKY Ensemble’s concert Boulez & Cage on 9 February.
In the spring, the Helsinki Music Centre will serve as the venue for two classical music festivals: one dedicated to guitar and the other to cello music. Cellofest.fi is a festival conceived by Professor Martti Rousi that will take over the Helsinki Music Centre on 1–7 February. Matinee recitals included in the festival’s programme will also take place in the foyer of the Helsinki Central Library Oodi. The Sibelius Academy is one of the organisers of the festival. The Sibelius Academy Guitar Festival, focusing on classical guitar music, will run from 10 to 14 April at the Helsinki Music Centre.
The opera students’ spring production will be G. F. Händel’s Alcina. The opera will be seen on stage in the Sonore Hall of the Helsinki Music Centre on 5–9 April and at Järvenpää Hall on 15 April.
Several jazz students will perform in concerts as part of their master’s degree during the spring. Double bass player Kaisa Mäensivu and pianist Arto Ikävalko (4 April) along with Joonas Tuuri and singer Riikka Keränen (15 April) will all have their master’s degree concerts in April. On 3 May, concert-goers will have a chance to hear Henri Lyysaari’s compositions for a jazz band. Jazz enthusiasts are also sure to enjoy concerts by double bass player Tuure Koski (11 February) and pianist Jussi Fredriksson (27 May) who will perform at the Helsinki Music Centre as part of their artistic doctoral degree.
Production Manager Miisa Järvi
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