HPO presents an exceptional autumn season
The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra opens the autumn season with a sinfonietta-sized ensemble. During the beginning of the autumn the HPO will have four longer than usual artistic periods, during which each concert will be repeated 3-4 times during the concert week at the Music Centre - and much asked for daytime concerts are introduced in the early afternoons.
The orchestra will only publicize the program for September and October at this time.
Conductors for these periods are the head conductor for HPO Susanna Mälkki and the international musical multitalents Nathalie Stutzmann and Pekka Kuusisto. As soloists HPO welcomes violinist Elina Vähälä and pianist Janne Mertanen. Sibelius’ rarely performed melodrama Wood-Nymph is recited by Rabbe Smedlund.
Chief conductor Mälkki expresses how she and the orchestra are looking forward to the start of the autumn season. ”We are, to say the least, impatient to get back to playing together and to welcome the audience back into the Music Centre. At the beginning of the autumn HPO goes back to its roots by playing with a smaller than usual ensemble – and Kajanus’ original orchestra had 36 musicians. We will delve into the interaction between music and movement with brand new dance pieces and as per usual, we will combine the old with the new.”
The concerts also offer a series of premieres, where a musician and a dancer create a duet piece together. The series includes new choreographies by Tero Saarinen, Sonya Lindfors, Auri Ahola and Natasha Lommi. The last concert of each concert period will be streamed live as an HKO Screen-webcast on the orchestra website and on the mobile app. Two of the concerts will be broadcasted live on Yle Radio 1.
Library tour starts in September
Alongside the concerts at the Music Centre the HPO autumn season is ripe with chamber music concerts in cultural centers and churches all around Helsinki. The library tour, which starts in September, promises a ca half hour concert at noon, every weekday, at some library in Helsinki, until the end of October. During the library tour orchestra musicians will visit each and every one of Helsinki’s 37 local libraries and the library bus. A specific schedule is available from August at helmet.fi and helsinginkaupunginorkesteri.fi
Ticket sales and instructions for safe visits at the Music Centre
The durations of the concerts in September and October are approximately 1 hour and are without intermissions. Tickets go on sale on Tuesday August 11th. Around 400 tickets are sold for each concert and tickets are sold only for seats that meet the recuirments of safe distances. If the safety regulations later permit more tickets will be made available. These seats may be places in between already sold seats.
Only single tickets are sold for the autumn season. Series tickets reserved for the spring season 2020 are automatically transferred to the spring season 2021. The program for October-December is to be publicized later in the autumn.
Concert tickets are on sale at TicketMaster tel. +358 600 10 800 (1.98 e/min + LNC) and www.ticketmaster.fi (we recommend buying tickets online).
Guidelines for safe visits at the Music Centre are compiled on this website : www.helsinginkaupunginorkesteri.fi/fi/musiikkitalo
Concerts in the Music Centre September-October 2020
tue 8.9. at 18.00
thur 10.9. at 12.00
thur 10.9. at 15.00
fri 11.9. at 19.00 (HKO Screen -webcast)
Susanna Mälkki, conductor
Rabbe Smedlund, reciter
Jenny Villanen, flute
Natasha Lommi, choreography, dance
Jean Sibelius: Impromptu
Richard Strauss: Serenade for winds Eb Major op. 7
Jean Sibelius: Skogsrået op. 15, melodrama
Toru Takemitsu: Voice
Sergei Prokofjev: Symphony no 1 "Classical"
Jean Sibelius: Cassazione op. 6
tue 22.9. at 18.00
thur 24.9. at 12.00
thur 24.9. at 15.00
fri 25.9. at 19.00 (HKO Screen -webcast, Yle Radio 1)
Pekka Kuusisto, conductor, violin
Elina Vähälä, violin
Sonya Lindfors, choreography
Missy Mazzoli: Vespers for Violin
Anna Thorvaldsdottir: Hrím
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Divertimento D Major KV 136
Sándor Veress: Four Transylvanian Dances
Magnus Lindberg: Violin Concerto no 1
tue 6.10. at 18.00
thur 8.10. at 12.00
fre 9.10. at 19.00 (HKO Screen -webcast)
Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor
Janne Mertanen, piano
Atte Kilpeläinen, viola
Auri Ahola, choreography and dance
Richard Wagner: Siegfried-idyll
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano concerto no 23 A Major
Nico Muhly: Étude 3
Maurice Ravel: Le tombeau de Couperin, orchestral suite
tue 27.10. at 13.00
wed 28.10. at 12.00
wed 28.10. at 19.00
thur 29.10. at 19.00 (HKO Screen -webcast, Yle Radio 1)
Susanna Mälkki, conductor
Xavi Castelló Aràndiga, precussions
Tero Saarinen, choreography
Oskari Kymäläinen, dance
Gustav Mahler: Adagio from Symphony no 10
Jean Sibelius: The Lover, orchestral suite, op. 14
Iannis Xenakis: Rebonds B
Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony no 1