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Concerts

E.g., 28/06/2017
E.g., 28/06/2017

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates Helsinki Day by playing music that you can sing along with. Everybody join in! 

Mon 12/06/2017
18:00

The opening concert of the autumn season rises up from the depths to above the horizon reflecting some of the most colourful tones in orchestral music. Between the descriptions of mermaids by Felix Mendelssohn and Alexander von Zemlinsky we get to hear the early orchestral songs of Richard Strauss as interpreted by Anne Schwanewilms, who is widely regarded to be the leading Strauss soprano of our times.

Fri 08/09/2017
19:00

Beethoven did everything bigger and more spectacularly than his predecessors – even at the risk of disapproval by critics. His violin concerto was ahead of its time and initially raised eyebrows, but over the years this scepticism was replaced by admiration and the respect of all violinists who tackled the piece. Frank Peter Zimmermann returns to the source of all Romantic virtuoso concertos while continuing his close collaboration with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Thu 14/09/2017
19:00


The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, UMO Jazz Orchestra and Jules Buckley, conductor of the acclaimed Metropol Orkest, combine forces once again for a concert of swing, groove and soul featuring Cory Henry, who has performed with the likes of P. Diddy and Bruce Springsteen, and Jacob Collier, recipient of no less than two Grammys this year and a musician who has who has delighted millions of music fans on YouTube.

Tue 19/09/2017
19:00

Ludwig van Beethoven: Talon vihkiminen, alkusoitto / Olli Mustonen: Sonaatti viululle ja orkesterille / Joonas Kokkonen: … Durch einen Spiegel ... / Paul Hindemith: Sinfonisia metamorfooseja Carl Maria von Weberin teemoista

Fri 22/09/2017
19:00

“A good performance of the fifth symphony is a life-changing experience. The fantastic final movement almost forces you to hold your breath,” is how Herbert von Karajan described Gustav Mahler’s masterpiece. Although it received rather a cool reception in its own day, the symphony has since become Mahler’s most performed piece. The Adagietto fourth movement, which was used in the film Death in Venice, still brings a tear to the eye. “Harmonica” for tuba and orchestra by Helmut Lachenmann, a living legend of German concert music, is his most striking concerto.

Wed 27/09/2017
19:00


“A good performance of the fifth symphony is a life-changing experience. The fantastic final movement almost forces you to hold your breath,” is how Herbert von Karajan described Gustav Mahler’s masterpiece. Although it received rather a cool reception in its own day, the symphony has since become Mahler’s most performed piece. The Adagietto fourth movement, which was used in the film Death in Venice, still brings a tear to the eye. “Harmonica” for tuba and orchestra by Helmut Lachenmann, a living legend of German concert music, is his most striking concerto.

 

Thu 28/09/2017
19:00

Having survived the horrors of the Third Reich, Richard Strauss experienced an artistic reawakening in his 80s. An American corporal who happened to be principal oboist of the Pittsburgh Orchestra in civilian life visited the great composer at his Bavarian home in the spring of 1945 and enquired if he had ever considered writing an oboe concerto. The idea grew on Strauss, resulting in one of the great achievements for the instrument and a real challenge for even the most skilled virtuosos.

Wed 11/10/2017
19:00

Having survived the horrors of the Third Reich, Richard Strauss experienced an artistic reawakening in his 80s. An American corporal who happened to be principal oboist of the Pittsburgh Orchestra in civilian life visited the great composer at his Bavarian home in the spring of 1945 and enquired if he had ever considered writing an oboe concerto. The idea grew on Strauss, resulting in one of the great achievements for the instrument and a real challenge for even the most skilled virtuosos.

Thu 12/10/2017
19:00

Young Finnish composer Sebastian Hilli won the Toru Takemitsu Composition Award with his first orchestral composition. The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra has the honour of premiering his latest work, Affekt, which will be conducted by our Chief Conductor Emeritus Leif Segerstam. Affekt was composed to mark the 100th anniversary of Helsingfors sång- och musikförbund and will be performed by a choir of over a hundred singers together with the orchestra. Together with lyrics composed by author Mårten Westö, the composition is all about the urban identity, nature and – of course – music.

Fri 20/10/2017
19:00

Simone Young from Australia has conducted some of the world’s finest orchestras, from the Vienna and Berlin philharmonics to New York’s Metropolitan Opera – and now she is finally visiting Finland too. She is unrivalled as an interpreter of Brahms, having served as chief conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic in the composer’s hometown for a ten-year period. Elza van der Heever and Daniel Schmutzhard, stars of international opera stages, shine in A German Requiem, the life-affirming message of which is more comforting than sad.

Wed 25/10/2017
19:00

Simone Young from Australia has conducted some of the world’s finest orchestras, from the Vienna and Berlin philharmonics to New York’s Metropolitan Opera – and now she is finally visiting Finland too. She is unrivalled as an interpreter of Brahms, having served as chief conductor of the Hamburg Philharmonic in the composer’s hometown for a ten-year period. Elza van der Heever and Daniel Schmutzhard, stars of international opera stages, shine in A German Requiem, the life-affirming message of which is more comforting than sad.

Thu 26/10/2017
19:00

“So far it is without question my best piece. It's rather serious, I'm afraid – but it's got some tunes in it!” commented the otherwise reticent Benjamin Britten on his violin concerto, which he dedicated to the Spanish Civil War. His melancholic tone language is as if made for Tianwa Yang, ECHO Klassik Instrumentalist of the Year (Violin) in 2015 and a recognised specialist in 20th century music.

Fri 03/11/2017
19:00

“A symphony is no joke,” Johannes Brahms stated. He may be right, but at least his second symphony is the most good-humoured and in many regards most playful music that he ever composed. French conductor Bertrand de Billy makes his long-awaited debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, while clarinet virtuoso Jörg Widmann performs his own Elegie, soaring longer than should be humanly possible…

Wed 08/11/2017
19:00

“A symphony is no joke,” Johannes Brahms stated. He may be right, but at least his second symphony is the most good-humoured and in many regards most playful music that he ever composed. French conductor Bertrand de Billy makes his long-awaited debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, while clarinet virtuoso Jörg Widmann performs his own Elegie, soaring longer than should be humanly possible…

 

Thu 09/11/2017
19:00


In honour of the Finland 100 centenary year the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra will perform familiar school songs and popular orchestral classics together with 5th grade music students. The concert will feature young soloists and compositions by children and young people from Finland and abroad.

Tue 14/11/2017
19:00

Art imitates nature more tangibly then ever as the orchestra accompanies Arctic birds, swans, cranes and horned larks in all its tone colours. Cantus Arcticus brought Einojuhani Rautavaara to the awareness of the international music world, just as the brilliant Piano Concerto No. 2 did for Frédéric Chopin 150 years earlier. The piece is as if made for pianist Ingrid Fliter, who became the first female recipient of the Gilmore Artist Award in 2006. 

 

 

Fri 17/11/2017
19:00

Whether the programme features Bach, Liget or even the music to a Buster Keaton silent film, one can always expect a unique performance by Israeli pianist Matan Porat. In this concert Porat presents his interpretation of a model Romantic piano concerto. The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra will also premiere a new composition by Veli-Matti Puumala that was commissioned for the orchestra to mark the Finland 100 centenary year. The composition explores the experience of art as the interplay of space and sound.

Wed 22/11/2017
19:00

Whether the programme features Bach, Liget or even the music to a Buster Keaton silent film, one can always expect a unique performance by Israeli pianist Matan Porat. In this concert Porat presents his interpretation of a model Romantic piano concerto. The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra will also premiere a new composition by Veli-Matti Puumala that was commissioned for the orchestra to mark the Finland 100 centenary year. The composition explores the experience of art as the interplay of space and sound.

Thu 23/11/2017
19:00

Throughout time the great names in Finnish music have gone out into the world to spread the word about our own compositions. From the violin concerto of Jean Sibelius to the “French symphony” of Leevi Madetoja and the overture composed by Aulis Sallinen for the royal family of Monaco, music has been Finland’s most impressive export product. The guest soloists for this festive evening is Sergey Malov, who never ceases to surprise with his own personal interpretations.

Fri 08/12/2017
19:00