Helsinki Festival

Fri 18/08/2017 19:00 - 21:00
Tickets: 53.50-24.00 €


Susanna Mälkki, Gerhild Romberger, Burkhard Fritz & Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra

Susanna Mälkki and the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra treat the Helsinki Festival to an evening of long-lost and rediscovered classics.

Igor Stravinsky’s early orchestral piece “Funeral Song” was completed in 1908 just before the magnificent ballet The Firebird. It premiered in 1909, but the score was lost in the turmoil of the Russian revolution. The masterpiece was found nearly one hundred years later in 2015 among piles of manuscripts in a backroom of the St. Petersburg Conservatory – and was given new life. Stravinsky personally considered the 12-minute composition one of his best.

Dmitri Shostakovich’s first opera The Nose premiered in Leningrad in 1930. The outrageous, absurd satire about Russian bureaucracy did not sit well with the powers that be. Under heavy pressure, Shostakovich decided to leave out the wild interludes that were played between acts. 

The concert ends with Gustav Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), a beloved symphonic piece for alto and tenor voices and orchestra. The singers are two German virtuosos in their vocal ranges, Gerhild Romberger and Burkhard Fritz.

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Susanna Mälkki, conductor

Gerhild Romberger, alto
Burkhard Fritz, tenor

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I take photos of the orchestra?

Yes, but only before or after the concert. During the concert we just want you to enjoy the music. This way you won’t disturb the musicians or other audience members.

How can I order interval refreshments?

Simply call 020 762 4862, send an e-mail to​ or click on the link Interval refreshments for groups of 30 or more should be ordered from the sales service.

Do I have to dress up to attend a concert?

Only the orchestra has a dress code. You can dress as you like.

I have a season ticket but want to change my seat – what should I do?

If you would like to change your seat, you can purchase a new season ticket from the seats available when they go on sale. Unclaimed seats will be made available for individual concerts when the sales period for season tickets ends.

I have a season ticket but can’t make it to the concert – what should I do?

You can give the ticket to a friend or donate it to a music student by calling 09-3102 2700 or sending an e-mail to by 3pm on the day of the concert.