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Can music change the world?

Change2017

What Change?

You must be the change you wish to see in the world

Lectures, discussions and concerts. Art, humanism and tolerance. Can music change the world?

Let’s find out!

"A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes.”
– Mahatma Gandhi

"Music is the language of the spirit. It opens the secret of life bringing peace, abolishing strife.”
– Khalil Gibran

"Music is the universal language of mankind.”
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

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Change: Lectures, Discussions and Concerts

Art, science and religion are fundamental means with which humanity addresses the enigma of existence. All three are ways of comprehending the world, our shared reality and the parameters of a good life. Science focuses on reason, art on experience and religion on the unknown. At their juncture is the very core of our cultural heritage: who are we, and in what kind of a world do we want to live?

This is the purpose of the series of lectures and discussions to be held in the project You must be the change you wish to see in the world, where experts in arts and science probe the forces for change in music, the arts in general and even more generally immaterial culture. The talks will be about the significance and responsibility of music, the arts and other mental pursuits in society at large, for instance in promoting peace, in dealing with communal traumas, in protecting the environment and biodiversity and in any public debate on values.

These events also point to the concert theme of each week, offering a fresh perspective on classic works. A classic orchestral work is a classic precisely because it addresses the fundamental issues of existence in a way that is always relevant and engenders new dimensions in time and place.

When we sit in a concert hall, we and everyone around us vibrate in a sea of sound waves. A concert is a soundscape reflecting coexistence in the world: the ultimate unity of everything, an empathetic listening to others, a constant state of flux. But what kind of world, and what kind of change? Join us and find out!

Susanna Välimäki
Music researcher, docent

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YOU must be the change!

Finland is turning 100 years and that resounds in our ears. At the same time the world is shook by crisis – intolerance and hatred escalates. The program of Turku Philharmonic Orchestra in 2017 takes a stance on the current situation in the world and reflects on music as a form of nonviolent resistance.

Our project ”YOU must be the CHANGE you wish to see in the world” is inspired by the term satyagraha, conceived by Mahatma Gandhi. Musical language needs no written joint language to communicate the message of peace.

The orchestra joins forces with the city of Turku’s library, youth services, Arts academy, University, the Music festival, The Donner institute and the church in order to create never before heard concerts, lectures and workshops in which we reflect on a better future and the individual’s responsibility in change.

CHANGE lifts international, humane themes that also link to our nation’s history. The core is formed by pieces, which in addition to the artistic experience also have been used to influence our society. The series begins with Beethoven’s 9th symphony, which has been used to protest against Pinochet’s dictatorship in Chile, against the communist reign in Tiamen square, to honor democracy at the fall of the Berlin wall and in remembrance of tsunami victims in Japan. The series ends with a world premiere of an oratorio by composer Pauliina Isomäki in which she aims to create an ethical and philosophical reflection of our time. We will do a transformative musical trip where humanity and respect are the core.

Please join us – change needs us all.

Emilie Gardberg
Chief Executive
 

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In cooperation with

University of Turku, musicology

Turku City Library

City of Turku, Youth Services

Research projects Music, Nature and Environmental Crisis and Finnish Music in the 21st Century in University of Turku, School of History, Culture and Arts Studies

Turku Music Festival

University of Turku, research center SELMA (Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory)

Turku University of Applied Sciences, research group for Arts, Health and Well-being

The Donner Institute

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland

 

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October

Better world

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Reformation 500 years: What happened in Turku and in Finland then and now?

Better world.

The lecture is a part of the Change-series.

Jyri Komulainen, general secretary to the Bishop´s Conference
Kirsi Salonen, historian, assistant professor
Ruth Illman, docent of comparative religion, director of the Donner Institute

Duration about 1,5 h.

Turku City Library

Free entry, welcome!

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Festive Concert: Reformation!

Ruut Kiiski, conductor
Kaisa Ranta, soprano 
Jaakko Kortekangas, baritone
Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis

Pauliina Isomäki: Sermon on the Mount (world première)

To mark the Jubilee Year celebrating 500 years since the Reformation, the Turku Philharmonic commissioned Pauliina Isomäki to write a festive oratorio. Its world premiere at Turku Cathedral is one of the most significant world premieres of the year. “The Sermon on the Mount laid the foundation for a new conception of morality, our relationship to God and to one another. How did we respond to it in centuries past, and how do we respond to it now? The environment is changing, but people are pretty much the same as they were 2,000 years ago,” says Isomäki, explaining the genesis of the work.

The length of the concert is approx. 1 h.

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Festive Concert: Reformation!

Ruut Kiiski, conductor
Kaisa Ranta, soprano 
Jaakko Kortekangas, baritone
Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis

Pauliina Isomäki: Sermon on the Mount (world première)

To mark the Jubilee Year celebrating 500 years since the Reformation, the Turku Philharmonic commissioned Pauliina Isomäki to write a festive oratorio. Its world premiere at Turku Cathedral is one of the most significant world premieres of the year. “The Sermon on the Mount laid the foundation for a new conception of morality, our relationship to God and to one another. How did we respond to it in centuries past, and how do we respond to it now? The environment is changing, but people are pretty much the same as they were 2,000 years ago,” says Isomäki, explaining the genesis of the work.

The length of the concert is approx. 1 h.

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Past Lectures

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Past lectures (in Finnish)

10.1.2017: "All people become brothers": Beethoven´s 9th symphony and music as a force for change
Susanna Välimäki, music researcher, docent

4.4.2017: Eternal or transcient city? St. Petersburg / Leningrad in Russian and Finnish literature
Pekka Pesonen, professor emeritus of Russian literature

5.4.2017: Marina Tsvetajevan elämä ja runous
Marja-Leena Mikkola, author

2.5.2017: Art, science, fauna and environment: How to listen to nature?
Juha Torvinen, music researcher, docent
Ilari Sääksjärvi: docent of zoology
Eeva Kemppi, performance artist, chairman for group Toisissa tiloissa

8.8.2017: Selig im Glauben! - Sacred and sanctification in Wagner´s Parsifal
Anne Kauppala, music researcher, professor

26.9.2017: Trauma, memory and art - spaces of encounter
Akhlad Al-Mudhafar, poet
Aziza Hossaini, director and scriptwriter
Päivi Kosonen, docent of comparative literature, bibliotherapist
Maarit Leskelä-Kärki, cultural historian, docent
Hanna Meretoja, professor of comparative literature
Laura Sillanpää, marionette artist, literary artist

30.10.2017: Reformation 500 years: What happened in Turku and in Finland then and now?
Jyri Komulainen, general secretary to the Bishop´s Conference
Kirsi Salonen, historian, assistant professor
Ruth Illman, docent of comparative religion, director of the Donner Institute

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In cooperation with TY musiikkitiede

Articles and videos

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Artikkeleita

Artikkelit ovat tehneet Turun yliopiston musiikkitieteen opiskelijat "You must be the change you wish to see in the world" -hankkeen yhteistyönä.

Anna-Maria Marjamäki: Joutsen suomalaisessa musiikissa

Jimmy Varhama: Aaron Coplandin Appalakkien kevät

Valtteri Väätänen: Aleksandr Arutiunianin räiskyvä trumpettikonsertto

Marie Hahta: Joutsenia Runohuoneessa

Tiia Väyrynen: Surullisen laulun odottamaton suosio

Iiris Olkkonen: Vuorisaarna musiikissa

 

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Videoita

Videot ovat tehneet Turun yliopiston musiikkitieteen opiskelijat "You must be the change you wish to see in the world" -hankkeen yhteistyönä.

 

Henna-Juulia Riikonen: Pietari ja taide

Tuula Musakka: Šostakovitšin muistelmia

Topias Kavasto: Šostakovitšin Leningrad-sinfonia

Henri Kähkönen: Musiikki ja ympäristö

Risto Laine: Kohti parempaa maailmaa
Videolla neljä turkulaista vastaa kysymykseen, miten maailmasta tulisi parempi paikka. Vastaajat ovat: Samu Jokiaho, psykologian opiskelija; Antti Tuonela, muusikko; Lotta Suveri, maantieteen ja ympäristötieteen opiskelija, Suomen Eläinoikeuspuolueen (EOP) aktiivijäsen; Kasper Krasila, yhteisöeläjä.

Leena Palomäki: Matka muutokseen: Origamijoutsenen taittelu ja joutsenkohteita Turussa
Videota varten taustahaastateltiin Change-hankkeen logon, origamijoutsenen, suunnittelijaa Johanna Lahtea. Joutsenkohteissa vierailevana kulkijana videolla esiintyy Liisa Huhtama.

Hanna-Mari Riihimäki: Taiteen terapeuttisia ulottuvuuksia
Haastateltavana on Turun yliopiston yleisen kirjallisuustieteen professori Hanna Meretoja. Meretoja johtaa kertomuksen, kokemuksen ja kulttuurisen muistin tutkimukseen erikoistunutta SELMA-tutkimuskeskusta sekä tutkimusprojektia "Historian kokemus ja kertomisen etiikka nykytaiteissa" ("Ethics of Storytelling and the Experience of History in Contemporary Arts").

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Autumn 2017

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Selig im Glauben! - Sacred and sanctification in Wagner´s Parsifal

Sacredness and humanity.

The lecture is a part of the Change-series.

Anne Kauppala, music researcher, professor

Duration about 1,5 h.

Turku City Library

Free entry, welcome!

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Parsifal

Turku Music Festival

CAST

Parsifal: Klaus Florian Vogt, tenor
Kundry: Karita Mattila, soprano
Gurnemanz: Matti Salminen, bass
Amfortas: Waltteri Torikka, baritone
Klingsor: Tapani Plathan, bass
Titurel: Juha Kotilainen, bass
Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis
Turun filharmoninen orkesteri
Ville Matvejeff, conductor

PERFORMANCES

Thu 10.8.2017 klo 18

Sat 12.8.2017 klo 14

Concertante version. Performed in German. Subtitels in Finnish and Swedish.

Duration approximately 4 hours. Two intermissions.

Föreställningen tar ca 4 timmar. Två pauser.

 

www.tmj.fi

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Parsifal

Turku Music Festival

CAST

Parsifal: Klaus Florian Vogt, tenor
Kundry: Karita Mattila, soprano
Gurnemanz: Matti Salminen, bass
Amfortas: Waltteri Torikka, baritone
Klingsor: Tapani Plathan, bass
Titurel: Juha Kotilainen, bass
Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis
Turun filharmoninen orkesteri
Ville Matvejeff, conductor

PERFORMANCES

Thu 10.8.2017 klo 18

Sat 12.8.2017 klo 14

Concertante version. Performed in German. Subtitels in Finnish and Swedish.

Duration approximately 4 hours. Two intermissions.

Föreställningen tar ca 4 timmar. Två pauser.

 

www.tmj.fi

 

 

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Trauma, memory and art - spaces of encounter

Satyagraha.

The lecture is a part of the Change-series.

Akhlad Al-Mudhafar, poet
Aziza Hossaini, director and scriptwriter
Päivi Kosonen, docent of comparative literature, bibliotherapist
Maarit Leskelä-Kärki, cultural historian, docent
Hanna Meretoja, professor of comparative literature
Laura Sillanpää, marionette artist, literary artist

Duration about 1,5 h.

Turku City Library

Free entry, welcome!

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Sorrowful song

Leif Segerstam, conductor
Joanna Kozłowska, soprano
Ralf Långbacka, reciter

Jean Sibelius: Ett ensamt skidspår
Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 ”Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”

Children are separated from their parents, parents from
their children. War and terror drive people from their homes.
In Górecki’s ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’, the grief of a
mother who has lost her child coalesces into aching melodies,
and the boundless sorrow caused by war finds expression
in simple yet powerful music. The soloist is Polish vocal
star Joanna Kozłowska. Setting the mood is one of Jean Sibelius’s
last works, ‘A lonely ski trail’.

The length of the concert is approx. 1,5 h.

No intermission.

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Sorrowful song

Leif Segerstam, conductor
Joanna Kozłowska, soprano
Ralf Långbacka, reciter

Jean Sibelius: Ett ensamt skidspår
Henryk Górecki: Symphony No. 3 ”Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”

Children are separated from their parents, parents from
their children. War and terror drive people from their homes.
In Górecki’s ‘Symphony of Sorrowful Songs’, the grief of a
mother who has lost her child coalesces into aching melodies,
and the boundless sorrow caused by war finds expression
in simple yet powerful music. The soloist is Polish vocal
star Joanna Kozłowska. Setting the mood is one of Jean Sibelius’s
last works, ‘A lonely ski trail’.

The length of the concert is approx. 1,5 h.

No intermission.

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Reformation 500 years: What happened in Turku and in Finland then and now?

Better world.

The lecture is a part of the Change-series.

Jyri Komulainen, general secretary to the Bishop´s Conference
Kirsi Salonen, historian, assistant professor
Ruth Illman, docent of comparative religion, director of the Donner Institute

Duration about 1,5 h.

Turku City Library

Free entry, welcome!

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Festive Concert: Reformation!

Ruut Kiiski, conductor
Kaisa Ranta, soprano 
Jaakko Kortekangas, baritone
Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis

Pauliina Isomäki: Sermon on the Mount (world première)

To mark the Jubilee Year celebrating 500 years since the Reformation, the Turku Philharmonic commissioned Pauliina Isomäki to write a festive oratorio. Its world premiere at Turku Cathedral is one of the most significant world premieres of the year. “The Sermon on the Mount laid the foundation for a new conception of morality, our relationship to God and to one another. How did we respond to it in centuries past, and how do we respond to it now? The environment is changing, but people are pretty much the same as they were 2,000 years ago,” says Isomäki, explaining the genesis of the work.

The length of the concert is approx. 1 h.

sibeliuksen_seuraajat_web_logo_medium_valkoinen_170424.jpg

 

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Festive Concert: Reformation!

Ruut Kiiski, conductor
Kaisa Ranta, soprano 
Jaakko Kortekangas, baritone
Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis

Pauliina Isomäki: Sermon on the Mount (world première)

To mark the Jubilee Year celebrating 500 years since the Reformation, the Turku Philharmonic commissioned Pauliina Isomäki to write a festive oratorio. Its world premiere at Turku Cathedral is one of the most significant world premieres of the year. “The Sermon on the Mount laid the foundation for a new conception of morality, our relationship to God and to one another. How did we respond to it in centuries past, and how do we respond to it now? The environment is changing, but people are pretty much the same as they were 2,000 years ago,” says Isomäki, explaining the genesis of the work.

The length of the concert is approx. 1 h.

sibeliuksen_seuraajat_web_logo_medium_valkoinen_170424.jpg

 

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Spring 2017

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"All people become brothers": Beethoven´s 9th symphony and music as a force for change

Music as peacemaker

The lecture is a part of the Change-series.

Emilie Gardberg, chief executive
Susanna Välimäki, music researcher, docent

Duration about 1,5 h.

Turku City Library

Free entry, welcome!

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Freude!

Leif Segerstam, conductor
Jenni Lättilä, soprano
Merja Mäkelä, mezzo
Tuomas Katajala, tenor
Niklas Spångberg. bass
Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No 9 ”Ode to Joy”

The main theme of the finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is one of the best-known melodies in the world. It has been used to protest against dictatorships, to praise democracy, to remember victims of disasters and to celebrate the Olympic Games. This unchallenged symphonic classic is conducted by maestro Leif Segerstam in our opening concert of spring 2017.

The length of the concert is approx. 1,5h. No intermission.

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After Concert

After the evening´s Freude-concert we will freely discuss about the works and topics of the concert with music researcher, docent Susanna Välimäki.

Panelists:
Susanna Välimäki, music researcher, docent
John Richardson, music researcher, professor of musicology in University of Turku
Marjaana Virtanen, music researcher

The duration of the event is about 45 minutes.

Free entry, welcome!

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Freude!

Leif Segerstam, conductor
Jenni Lättilä, soprano
Merja Mäkelä, mezzo
Tuomas Katajala, tenor
Niklas Spångberg. bass
Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No 9 ”Ode to Joy”

The main theme of the finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is one of the best-known melodies in the world. It has been used to protest against dictatorships, to praise democracy, to remember victims of disasters and to celebrate the Olympic Games. This unchallenged symphonic classic is conducted by maestro Leif Segerstam in our opening concert of spring 2017.

Head start at 6 o'clock.

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Freude!

Leif Segerstam, conductor
Jenni Lättilä, soprano
Merja Mäkelä, mezzo
Tuomas Katajala, tenor
Niklas Spångberg. bass
Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis

Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No 9 ”Ode to Joy”

The main theme of the finale of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony is one of the best-known melodies in the world. It has been used to protest against dictatorships, to praise democracy, to remember victims of disasters and to celebrate the Olympic Games. This unchallenged symphonic classic is conducted by maestro Leif Segerstam in our opening concert of spring 2017.

Head start at 6 o'clock.

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Eternal or transient city? St. Petersburg/Leningrad in Russian and Finnish literature

Freedom of expression

The lecture is a part of the Change-series

Pekka Pesonen, professor emeritus of Russian literature

Duration about 1,5 h.

Turku City Library

Free entry, welcome!

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Marina Tsvetajevan elämä ja runous

Ilmaisunvapaus.

Change-sarjaan kuuluva luento. Järjestää: Turun kaupunginkirjasto

Marja-Leena Mikkola, kirjailija

Mikkola on suomentanut laajahkon kokoelman Tsvetajevan runoja. Teos "Ylistus hiljaa!" Marina Tsvetajevan valitut runot 1912-1939 ilmestyy alkuvuodesta 2017 (Siltala).

Kesto n. 1,5 h.

Turun kaupunginkirjasto

Vapaa pääsy, tervetuloa!

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Ei elämää kuin peltoa voi ylittää: venäläisen runouden matinea

Ilmaisunvapaus.

Change-sarjaan kuuluva luento. Järjestää: Turun kaupunginkirjasto

Eilakaija Sippo ja Iiro Kajas, lausuntataiteilijat

Teemu Mastovaara, sellisti

Kesto n. 1,5 h.

Turun kaupunginkirjasto

Vapaa pääsy, tervetuloa!

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Leningrad

Leif Segerstam, conductor

Aleksandr Skrjabin: Rêverie
Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 ”Leningrad

Shostakovich wrote his Seventh Symphony during the siege of Leningrad in 1941. It has since become hugely popular as a monument to the horrors of war and a symbol of opposition to Nazism and militarism. The composer is said to have described the tranquil section in the first movement thus: “Perhaps it is the tears of a mother, or the feeling when grief is so overwhelming that there are no tears left.”

The length of the concert is approx. 1,5 h
no intermission

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After Concert

Illan Leningrad-konsertin jälkeen keskustelemme vapaamuotoisesti Turun sanomien johdolla illan teoksista ja teemoista.

Keskustelijat:

Tuomo Karhu, toimittaja, Turun sanomat
Jaakko Mikkola, toimittaja, Turun sanomat
Johannes Brusila, Åbo Akademin musiikkitieteen professori
Riku Korhonen, kirjailija

Tilaisuuden kesto n. 45 minuuttia.

Vapaa pääsy, tervetuloa!

Tilaisuus livestreamataan verkkokonsertin jälkeen samassa lähetysikkunassa.

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Leningrad

Leif Segerstam, conductor

Aleksandr Skrjabin: Rêverie
Dmitri Shostakovich Symphony No. 7 ”Leningrad

Shostakovich wrote his Seventh Symphony during the siege of Leningrad in 1941. It has since become hugely popular as a monument to the horrors of war and a symbol of opposition to Nazism and militarism. The composer is said to have described the tranquil section in the first movement thus: “Perhaps it is the tears of a mother, or the feeling when grief is so overwhelming that there are no tears left.”

The length of the concert is approx. 1,5 h
no intermission

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Art, science, fauna and environment: How to listen to nature?

Diversity and regeneration.

The lecture is a part of the Change-series.

Eeva Kemppi, performance artist, chairman for group Toisissa tiloissa
Ilari Sääksjärvi, docent of zoology
Juha Torvinen, music researcher, docent

Duration about 1,5 h.

Turku City Library

Free entry, welcome!

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Spring Scream

Christian Vásquez, conductor
Pacho Flores, trumpet

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
Alexander Arutjunjan: Trumpet Concerto
Igor Stravinsky: Rite of Spring

Popular conductor Christian Vásquez conducts a programme of works whose premieres prompted strong reactions. The notorious first performance of Stravinsky’s Sacre du printemps in 1913 provoked a riot among the audience because of its modernity. Copland’s Appalachian Spring, written for the legendary Martha Graham, is also a milestone in 20th-century ballet, a Pulitzer Prize winning work about American pioneers. The virtuoso Trumpet Concerto by Armenian composer Alexander Arutyunian is performed by Pacho Flores from Venezuela.

The length of the concert is approx. 2 h

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Spring Scream

Christian Vásquez, conductor
Pacho Flores, trumpet

Aaron Copland: Appalachian Spring
Alexander Arutjunjan: Trumpet Concerto
Igor Stravinsky: Rite of Spring

Popular conductor Christian Vásquez conducts a programme of works whose premieres prompted strong reactions. The notorious first performance of Stravinsky’s Sacre du printemps in 1913 provoked a riot among the audience because of its modernity. Copland’s Appalachian Spring, written for the legendary Martha Graham, is also a milestone in 20th-century ballet, a Pulitzer Prize winning work about American pioneers. The virtuoso Trumpet Concerto by Armenian composer Alexander Arutyunian is performed by Pacho Flores from Venezuela.

The length of the concert is approx. 2 h

ORDER INTERVAL REFRESHMENTS: http://konserttitalocatering.webink.fi/

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