HPO December Program

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra presents a December program that emphasizes collaboration and the unifying force of music 


The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s exceptional autumn season culminates in December with a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven alongside many other actors. The orchestra’s traditional closing concert of the autumn season on 18 December presents Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony led by Chief Conductor Susanna Mälkki. The concert’s soloists will be soprano Miina-Liisa Värelä, mezzo-soprano Virpi Räisänen, French tenor Loïc Felix and bass Tommi Hakala. The Ode to Joy will be sung again by the Helsinki Music Centre Choir. The concert will be livestreamed on the orchestra’s HKO Screen website and mobile app.

In addition to the Ninth Symphony, audiences in Helsinki will have the chance to hear the master composer’s solo and chamber music pieces around the anniversary when several musicians from the independent music scene of Helsinki organize concerts to wrap up the anniversary-year: pianist Paavali Jumppanen will perform Beethoven’s three last piano sonatas at the House of Nobility, and the Kamus String Quartet’s Beethoven Effect concert tour culminates at the Helsinki Music Centre. The Kino Regina cinema will screen the biographical film Immortal Beloved. And after the ninth symphony Bergå Folk Project will return Beethoven’s melodies rooted in folk music back to folk music form at the HPO

On Finnish Music Day, Tuesday 8 December, the Helsinki Music Centre hosts a series of concerts in its halls offering the chance to enjoy both chamber music and orchestral works. The day’s concerts are short ambience samples lasting ca 45 minutes, allowing audiences to pick and choose the ones they are most curious about. The symphony concert, planned by young musicians, will be conducted by Tarmo Peltokoski, the chamber music concert is a deepdive into tradition and features Helvi Leiviskä’s piano quartet, and the Eloa Culture Company presents a concept that combines music, poetry and visualisations. The programme for the evening club in turn is provided by Punavuori Chamber Music (PuKama) and HPO musicians.

December begins with an online concert for kids, as the traditional art excursion for second graders has had to be organised remotely this year. All second graders in Helsinki will get to listen with their teachers to the “Prompter’s Aria” concert in their own classrooms as of 1 December. The concert will be recorded at the Helsinki Music Centre at the end of November and will also be accessible to other viewers on the orchestra’s website. “Prompter’s Aria” is a new concert performed by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra and the Labretto Folk Music Ensemble and conducted by Janne Nisonen. 

December programme of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra:

TUE 01.12.2020 – Prompter’s Aria

HKO Screen online concert for the entire family (free of charge)

Janne Nisonen, conductor   
Tero Pajunen, prompter   
Aili Järvelä, ear worm specialist   
Kansanmusiikkiensemble Labretto: Esko Grundström, Senni Valtonen and Elisa Seppänen 


The musical gymnasts from the music pedagogy program – Earworms: Veera Isotalo, Hanna Mustaniemi, Josefiina Paasonen, Liisa Anstasiadis, Saarni Mäntynen, Suvi Tolvanen, Matleena Korhonen 

Jukka Nylund, director



TUE 08.12.2020 – Finnish Music Day

(tickets 5 €/concert, free admission to the evening club)


Roots / 17:00 Concert Hall 

Laura Netzel: Sonata for cello and piano
Edith Sohlström: Elegy
Helvi Leiviskä: Piano quartet

Jan Söderblom, violin
Lotta Poijärvi, viola
Senja Rummukainen, cello
Valeria Resjan, piano
Erkki Suomalainen, programme

Moon fallen into water / 18:00 Rehearsal Hall Paavo

Eloa Culture Company
Iris Candelaria, vocalist
Taavi Oramo, vocalist
Livia Schweizer, flute
Joasia Cieslak, cello
Matleena Nyman, piano
Turkka Inkilä, electronics
Heta Aho, artistic design and visualisation

Valtteri Mustalahti, lighting design and visualisation
Daniel Rieder, visualisation

Continuum / 19:00 Concert Hall 

Tarmo Peltokoski, conductor, piano
Ossi Tanner, piano
Anton Mejias, piano
Tami Pohjola, violin
Kasmir Uusitupa, violin

Outi Tarkiainen: Joye
W.A. Mozart: Concerto for three pianos and orchestra

Andrea Tarrodi: “Acanthes” concerto for two violins and strings


Evening Club / 20:30 Lower Foyer 

(free admission)

Punavuori Chamber Music & HPO musicians  

Antti Tikkanen, violin 
Minna Pensola, violin 
Minna Tervamäki, dance & choreography 
Minna-Leena Lahti, soprano 
Taavi Oramo, tenor
Mikko Perkola, vocals, recitation, composition, improvisations, viola da gamba

HPO Musicians 


Beethoven 250 / FRI 18.12.2020 
19:00 Concert Hall (+ HKO Screen livestream) (tickets: 8-41 €, incl. processing fees)

Susanna Mälkki, conductor  
Miina-Liisa Värelä, soprano  
Virpi Räisänen, mezzo-soprano  
Loïc Felix, tenor
Tommi Hakala, bass
Helsinki Music Centre Choir

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

Encounters Club / FRI 18.12.2020

Bergå Folk Project: Ludwig

20:30, Main Foyer, free admission

Esko Grundström, double bass, accordion, kantele
Aili Järvelä, vocals, violin, harmonium
Topi Korhonen, guitar, mandolin, trumpet
Iida Savolainen, viola, jouhikko, vocals