Encounters Club - Approaching Bach

Fri 06/09/2019 21:00 - 22:30
free entry


The Encounters Club is open to all and free of charge.

The club after the opening concert of the autumn season will delve into the world of the canon. Experience the Finnish premiere of Australian composer Brett Dean’s Approach, which was composed as a prologue to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6.

Atte Kilpeläinen, viola
Tiila Kangas, viola
Lauri Kankkunen, cello
Aino-Maija Riutamaa de Mata, cello
Päivi Ahonen, cello
Adrian Rigopulos, double bass
Emil Holmström, cembalo

The club is an arena for creative ideas and surprising encounters with performances by the orchestra’s musicians and friends. The club will take place in the main foyer of the Helsinki Music Centre.

Free admission – welcome! The programme begins at 9pm, and the café is open until 10:30pm.


  • Atte Kilpeläinen


  • Tiila Kangas


  • Lauri Kankkunen


  • Aino-Maija Riutamaa de Mata


  • Päivi Ahonen


  • Adrian Rigopulos


  • Emil Holmström



  • 21.00
    Brett Dean

    Approach (first performance in Finland)

  • 22.30
    Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B♭ major

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.

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Do I have to dress up to attend a concert?

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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?

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