May Day Matinees

Mon 01/05/2017 12:00 - 13:00
Tickets: 32.50-7.50 €

Introduction

The most musical of May Day traditions, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s May Day Matinees once again present classic favourites, from the Pori March to Lohengrin! 

Since 1883 the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s May Day Matinees have been a popular tradition in the Finnish capital. This year the sea of white student caps will be adorned by the tassels of the energetic Polytech Choir!

The Polytech Choir
The Polytech Choir is an academic male choir, established in 1900. It is one of the most prestigious male choirs in Finland and all of Europe. Our singers - around 80, all told - are either students or alumni at the Aalto University, located next to Helsinki in Espoo, Finland. The conductor and artistic director of the Choir, since 2013, is Master of Music (choral conducting, Sibelius Academy) Saara Aittakumpu.

The Choir approaches music with a particularly high level of ambition. We commission and premiere new works for male chorus (and, on occasion, orchestra or solo instruments) on a regular basis, but are equally at home with historic and contemporary works, across the spectrum, from classical to popular. Although our singers are ambitious amateurs, our conductor and two vocal coaches are accomplished professionals in their respective fields.

Artists

  • Jan Söderblom

    conductor

  • Polyteknikkojen kuoro

    Choir

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 ravintolat.musiikkitalo@restel.fi​ or click on the link http://shop.ravintolamaailma.fi/musiikkitalo/. 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 helsinki.philharmonic@hel.fi by 3pm on the day of the concert.