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Sanan sinfonia juuret ovat kreikan sanoissa ”yhdessä” ja ”ääni”. Kauden avajaiskonsertissa kuullaan kaksi soivaa sovellusta tästä: Sibeliuksen kuudes, jossa voi kuulla säveltäjän mieltymyksen kirkkosävellajeihin ja varhaiseen moniääniseen laulumusiikkiin sekä Luciano Berion musiikillisista menneisyyksistä ja nykyisyyksistä tiivistetty sinfoninen timantti. Konserttikausi käynnistyy EXAUDI-yhtyeen viestillä musiikkiperintömme alkulähteiltä, italialaisen vokaalipolyfonian ytimestä.
Fri 06/09/2019 - 19:00

No grand gestures or competitive glory, just quiet power, dignity and clean piano playing. Nelson Freire made his debut in 1944 at the age of just four and is one of the greatest pianists of his generation. The premiere of a new piece by Lotta Wennäkoski will also have audience members listening intently. The work is the first in a series of Helsinki Variations commissioned for the Finland 100 centenary year, in which six composers were invited to choose a Finnish composition from before 1945 as a source of inspiration.

Thu 12/09/2019 - 19:00

Born 250 years ago this year, Napoleon is remembered with imperial pieces and a musical reaction to tyranny. Schönberg’s Ode to Napoleon was his statement of support for the forces fighting Hitler. The composer insisted that the singer must have ”the number of shades, essential to express one hundred and seventy kinds of derision, sarcasm, hatred, ridicule, contempt, condemnation, etc., which I tried to portray in my music.” Elisabeth Leonskaja is a piano legend whose devoted fans follow her achievements from one concert and country to another.

Fri 04/10/2019 - 19:00

”For me, composition consists of the enchantment of the audience through sound,” says Peter Eötvös, who will be conducting the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time. One of the most noteworthy composers of our day, Eötvös went to study under Zoltán Kodály at the age of 14 and continues in his footsteps as a composer, conductor and teacher. Commissioned by the four biggest orchestras in Italy, Alle vittime senza nome reflects the refugee crisis in Europe – the anonymous passengers crowded onto boats and at the mercy of the waves.

Thu 24/10/2019 - 19:00

”Veli Kujala performs magic tricks for a hobby. This can perhaps be heard in his music,” says violinist Eriikka Maalismaa, describing the musical language of this evening’s debuting composer. Maalismaa is a freelance musician who enjoys working with alternative orchestras, concert series and mini-festivals in and around Helsinki. Respighi’s Rome trilogy will be performed in its entirety during the concert season. When the composer conducted the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in 1933, the programme also featured The Pines of Rome.

Fri 01/11/2019 - 19:00

What connects the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and local music students? Junior Concert, of course! This year there is even more cause for celebration, as it marks the 10th time this fun concert takes place.

Tue 12/11/2019 - 19:00

To mark Finnish Music Day, the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra is going on a tour of our hometown. The concert programme has even more historical significance this year, as it has been a hundred years since Sibelius’s Humoresques were first performed and 150 years since the birth of Armas Järnefelt. His Festive Overture debuted in 1904 at the opening of the Finnish National Theatre. The concerts will be performed without a conductor, showcasing the chamber music dimensions of the orchestra.

Sun 08/12/2019 - 15:00

”I was a pretty fearless young person,” Gemma New, a conductor from New Zealand, told the Canadian newspaper The Star in 2016, explaining how her career has progressed so rapidly. The cornerstone of her debut with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra is Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 5, a bright song of praise to a free and happy person. Luciano Berio’s Voci is woven from Sicilian songs and interpreted her by Antoine Tamestit, one of the few but brilliant solo viola players touring the world’s concert stages.

Fri 13/12/2019 - 19:00

Recordings

The newest piece by Czech composer Ondřej Adámek is a timely tale of the rise – and fall – of mass movement. The motto of a lonely violin attracts almost unnoticedly a roar whose power is soon revealed to be a double-edged sword. 
Fri 24/05/2019 - 19:00

“Dented nature” is how German composer Enno Poppe describes his inventive music, which grows from small sprouts.

Fri 10/05/2019 - 19:00
Since the 1800s the orchestra’s traditional May Day Matinees and performance of the March of the Pori Regiment have been a fixture in the cultural calendar of Helsinki. This year’s spring celebrations feature the brass band Kolizio and actor Niina Lahtinen.
Wed 01/05/2019 - 14:00
Unsuk Chin is one of the most characterful composers of our time, stretching her own limits as a composer and those of soloists, and her piano concerto is no exception. The second half of the concert presents a different, Russian mood: Sergei Prokofiev transformed the tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet into moving ballet music.

“Thus Fate knocks at the door” is how Beethoven described the theme of his Symphony No. 5, without which the history of music would sound quite different. Akiko Suwanai in turn performs a violin concerto that earned her fame in 1990 as the youngest ever winner of the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

Your ears will be in for a surprise as the Musica nova Helsinki festival once again presents the latest in contemporary music alongside established classics. Bryce Dessner, guitarist of The National, composed his piano concerto for the evening’s two sibling soloists. Also being performed in Finland for the first time will be Metacosmos, which was commissioned for the New York Philharmonic, and the rhythmic De Snelheid. The opening concert of the festival culminates with Delta, a composition by Jay Schwartz that explores the dimensions of sounds.

Gossip, madness, jazz and rhumba add up to an explosive recipe that requires the talents of Peruvian conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya to get the Latin American spices right. Aaron Copland’s Clarinet Concerto was composed for Benny Goodman, the king of swing, and is interpreted here by Martin Fröst. The evening’s concert culminates with a symphonic suite from the Marlon Brando film On the Waterfront.

The Violin Concerto of John Adams in turn is a modern classic that is interpreted here by the brilliant Chloë Hanslip.

Wed 09/01/2019 - 19:00

The ode to universal friendship ends our autumn season in traditional fashion. The excitement of one of the most popular concerts of the year is ensured by top Finnish soloists together with the Helsinki Music Centre Choir. Eva Ollikainen will be conducting the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra for the first time.

Thu 20/12/2018 - 19:00

The Unanswered Question of Charles Ives and the Enigma Variations of Edward Elgar operate in the realm of great secrets. The violin concerto of composer-DJ Mason Bates combines club sounds with symphonic music. It shares one thing in common with Einojuhani Rautavaara’s Fantasy: both were composed especially for Anne Akiko Meyers.

Fri 14/12/2018 - 19:00

Aaron Copland originally composed his rustic ode to the simple life of American settlers for choreographer Martha Graham in the form of ballet music. With his reputation for deep interpretations, Paavali Jumppanen takes the audience on a voyage of discovery to an early piano concerto by Brahms. The concert opens with a new composition by Sean Shepherd, in which abstract paintings are given musical form.

Fri 30/11/2018 - 19:00

Igor Stravinsky had already established a reputation as a young composer to watch with his gently controversial pieces, but The Rite of Spring was a step too far for Parisian audiences. The debut performance in 1913 met with much shouting and indignation. Even though the scandal surrounding the composition has subdued over the years, it remains as powerful as ever.

Thu 11/10/2018 - 19:00

Concert Piece for Four Horns and Elgar’s Symphony No. 2 for the first time, this is a concert of true rarities.

Fri 05/10/2018 - 19:00

Duke Ellington’s swing is brought to life as the UMO Jazz Orchestra and Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra join forces once again. The programme includes the classic album Symphonic Ellington and its iconic musical description of Harlem. Antti Rissanen conducts the orchestras as they take on familiar and fresher arrangements of the music of the jazz giant.

Tue 18/09/2018 - 19:00

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