Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra on tour with Susanna Mälkki and Tero Saarinen Company

The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra is heading this week to Belgium together with the chief conductor Susanna Mälkki and the Tero Saarinen Company. 

The concerts at the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels and the Concertgebouw in Bruges, including an event day at BOZAR, are part of the official cultural programme of Finland’s EU Presidency.

The concert programme includes Sibelius’s The Swan of Tuonela and Symphony No. 5. Choreographer Tero Saarinen’s Zimmermann Trio, which was commissioned by the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Helsinki Festival, received its Finnish premiere last August as interpreted by HKO and TSC. The piece weaves together live music, dance and visual design in a compelling way that is typical of Saarinen’s art.

The Nordic Trail Event Day at the BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts presents the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s chamber music musicians performing new and old music from Finland and the world: Sibelius on violin, cello, harp and brass instruments, bold improvisations and the Teddy Buttons concert for children – named after the mascot of the orchestra’s Godchildren programme. The event day culminates with tangos interpreted by the orchestra, opera singer Matti Salminen and the Tango Alakulo Ensemble conducted by Taavi Oramo. The evening club presents Tölöläb together with aerial acrobat Ilona Jäntti.


Belgian tour, 10-12 October 2019

Thursday 10 October 2019 at 8pm: BOZAR, Brussels
Friday 11 October 2019 at 8pm: Concertgebouw, Bruges


Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra
Susanna Mälkki, conductor
Oren Shevlin, cello
Tero Saarinen Company
Tero Saarinen, choreography
Jenna Broas, Misa Lommi, David Scarantino, dance
Mikki Kunttu, lighting and stage design
Erika Turunen, costume design and constructions
Sini Länsivuori, choreographer’s assistant
Satu Halttunen, rehearsing director

Jean Sibelius: The Swan of Tuonela
Tero Saarinen: Zimmermann Trio
Berndt Alois Zimmermann: Concerto pour violoncelle et orchestre en forme de ”pas de trois”
Jean Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Saturday 12 October 2019 starting at 4:30pm: BOZAR, Brussels

Nordic Trail Event Day