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1.2.2017 15.58

Turku Concert Hall's new Lyon & Healy harp got the name Aura.

Almost a hundred suggestions came in when we asked what the new harp in Turku Concert Hall should be called. Finally the judges chose the name Aura, suggested by several persons.

In addition to sounding beautiful, the name Aura refers to the river Aura passing through the city of Turku. It can also be thought to be a feminine form of the latin word "aurum", meaning gold - a very appropriate name for the beautiful, golden insturment that from now on can be heard at Turku Philharmonics' concerts.

1.2.2017 15.31

The orchestra´s spring season began with series “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” and Beethoven´s Symphony No. 9 “Ode to Joy” conducted by Leif Segerstam. If you missed the live performance or wish to enjoy the concert again, please go to our web concert archive to find all the previous web concerts. In the lecture that also took place in the concert week music researcher, docent Susanna Välimäki discussed about music´s role as peacemaker. You can rewatch a record from the lecture from Change´s web page. Please follow the page regularly as there will be uploads throughout the year about the concerts and lectures in Change.


Next theme in the Change-series is Freedom of Expression in April. On Thursday 6th and Friday 7th of April we will hear Dmitri Shostakovich´s Symphony No. 7 “Leningrad”. The symphony is a monument to the horrors of war and a symbol of opposition to Nazism and militarism. Shostakovich wrote the Symphony during the siege of Leningrad in 1941. The evenings will begin with Alexander Scriabin´s visionary Rêverie. Leif Segerstam conducts the orchestra.


Three lectures that focus on Russian literature and poetry are included in the theme Freedom of Expression. On Tuesday 4th of April professor emeritus of Russian literature Pekka Pesonen will give a lecture, on Wednesday the 5th of April we will hear author Marja-Leena Mikkola and on Thursday 6th of April recitators Eilakaija Sippo and Iiro Kajas with cellist Teemu Mastovaara will perform. The lectures are held in cooperation with Turku Library Services in the library´s Tietotori at 5 pm.

27.1.2017 14.09

Chief conductor Leif Segerstam conducts the Turku Philharmonic Orchesta in church concert Music in the Cathedral at 9th of Feb. At the Turku Cathedral we will hear Beethoven’s ballet’s Prometheus concert version.

Prometheus is a Titan in Greek mythology who was the creator of mankind and its greatest benefactor, who stole fire from Mount Olympus and gave it to mankind.

Composer Beethoven was a musical titan of its own and a hero, who despite the difficulties brought the musical light to mankind. Ballet Die Geschöpfe des Prometheus (The Creatures of Prometheus) was composed in years 1800–1801.

Music in the Cathedral 9th of Feb at 7 pm. Leif Segerstam, conductor, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. Beethoven: Prometheus. Tickets EUR 21/16/9.

27.1.2017 10.24

Young talented musicians 23 years old Fumiaki Miura and 19 years old Jonathan Roozeman will be performing as soloists with Turku Philharmonic Orchestra at Thu 2nd of Feb. 

The concert conducted by German conductor Anja Bihlmaier includes Johannes Brahms' Double Concerto and Antonín Dvořák's Symphony No. 8.  Brahms' Concerto for Violin and Cello "Double Concerto" was completed in 1887 and remained Brahms' last orchestral piece. Dvořák's Symphony from year 1889  is a celebration of joy stemming from Bohemian folk music.

The violinist Fumiaki Miura will be playing with his new instrument Stradivarius "Ex-Viotti" which has been made in 1704 in Cremona. The instrument is on loan to him courtesy from Nippon Violin Foundation from Tokyo. 

Bohemian at the Turku Concert Hall Thu 2nd Feb at 7 pm. Anja Bihlmaier, conductor, Fumiaki Miura, violin, Jonathan Roozeman, cello, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. Brahms – Dvořák. Sold out.

23.1.2017 12.31

Turku Concert Hall has a new Lyon & Healy harp. This impressive instument comes from Chicago and has details of 23 carat gold. The harp is given its first outing in the concert Heavenly on Fri 27th of Jan.

Now it's time to launch an open competition for the harps name! Follow the link to the right to suggest a suitable name for this beautiful instrument. Who is he/she?

Let us have your suggestion by Monday Jan 30th, either online or at Turku Concert Hall. We draw lots amongst all participants to win 2 tickets for the concert Music in the Cathedral on 9th of Feb.

20.1.2017 09.05

On Sunday 29th of January a chamber music group assembel from Turku Philharmonic orchestra's musicians performs a concert Interstellar the the Turku Cathedral. chambe music concert's theme is reformation and music. Programme includes pieces from composers Olivier Messiaen, Johann Sebastian Bach, Osmo Honkanen, Jean Langlais, Tomaso Antionia Vitali, Mikko Heiniö (premiére) and Naji Hakim. Performers are Ville Uponen, organ, Anu Honkanen, flute, Ilana Gothóni, violin and Tanja Nisonen, horn.

Interstellar at the Turku Cathedral Sun 29th Jan 18 o'clock. Chamber music concert. Messiaen – Bach – Honkanen – Langlais – Vitali – Heiniö (premiére) – Hakim. Tickets 23,50/18,50/9,50 €.

19.1.2017 12.50

On Friday 27th of January The new harp acquired for Turku Concert Hall is given its first outing in a diverse programme. This angelic instrument is the focus of Rautavaara’s dreamy Ballade, while in Mozart’s breezy Concerto it is paired with the flute. Schönberg’s classic Verklärte Nacht concludes the programme in ethereal bliss.

Heavenly-Concert is a perfect opportunity to go on a date! To add more atmosphere, there is also a chance to order refreshments before the concert of for the interval. Sparkling wine and strawberries for special price 12€. Order in advance:

Therefore, invite your spouse, a friend or even organize blind dates for your acquaintances. Throw yourself to be caressed by the angelic melodies!


13.1.2017 10.23

Conductor Daniel Blendulf has cancelled his performance due to illness. He will be replaced by German conductor Christian Schumann (b. 1983) who came to international attention when he won First Prize at the International Conducting Competition in Budapest. A truly modern and multi-faceted conductor, Christian Schumann is rapidly establishing a reputation not only as an opera and symphonic conductor but as a leading international force in the contemporary and film conducting world. 

Last Memory -concert on Thursday 19th of January 7pm. Cellist Tuomas Lehto masters as soloist. Programme of the concert includes Jukka Tiensuu’s tripartite piece False Memories, Camille Sain-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No 1 and Symphony D Minor by César Franck.

Last Memory at the Turku Concert Hall Thu 19 of Jan at 7pm. Christian Schumann, conductor, Tuomas Lehto, cello, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. Tiensuu – Saint-Saëns – Franck. Tickets 23,50/18,50/9,50 €.

5.1.2017 15.47

Orchestra’s opening week includes 3 symphony concerts, 2 chamber music concerts, Change-lecture, After Concert -event, head starts and Vino-gallery’s vernissage.

Chief Conductor Leif Segerstam conducts Turku Philharmonic Orchestra at Freude! concerts that are heard on Wed 11th, Thu 12th and Fri 13th January at the Turku Concert Hall. Program has Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony “Ode to Joy”, which is one of the most famous classical pieces. Soloists are soprano Jenni Lättilä, mezzosoprano Merja Mäkelä, tenor Tuomas Katajala and bass Niklas Spångberg. Chorus Cathedralis Aboensis is responsible for the choir parts.

Freude!-concerts also launch the orchestra’s “You must be the change you wish to see in the world” -series, Change2017. It considers pieces that have changed the world somehow in six different concerts preceded by open public lectures at the Turku City Library. First lecture, "All people become brothers": Beethoven´s 9th symphony and music as a force for change, is held at library’s Tietotori on Tue 10th at 5pm. Speakers are Susanna Välimäki and Emilie Gardberg.

After Wednesday’s Freude! concert there is a After Concert -event at the Concert Hall’s upper foyer. Before both Thursday’s and Friday’s concert there is a head start at 6pm at downstairs cafeteria.

Concert Hall’s VINO-gallery celebrates Otto-Ville Väätäinen’s “There where nothing is eternal” (Siellä missä mikään ei ole ikuista) exhibitions vernissage.

Spring’s chamber music series begins with two Sculptura concerts at 14th and 15th of January at 6pm at the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art.

4.1.2017 15.38

Die Kalewainen in Pochjola -operas worlds premier is right at the corner.

The world premiere of a rediscovered opera composed by Karl Müller-Berghaus over 120 years ago sees its light at 28th of February at Logomo, Turku. Kalewainen is the first through-composed opera based on the Kalevala and also by far the most ambitious musical work written in Finland in the 19th century. The opera is jointly produced by the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra and the Turku Music Festival and forms part of the centenary celebrations of Finland's independence in 2017.

In this document, opera researcher Elke Albrecht enlightens the history of the Kalewainen Opera and operas based on the Finnish epic – Kalevala. What was the music culture like in 1890s Turku? Why did a German composer, Karl Müller-Berghaus, choose the Finnish epic as a subject for an opera? Why is the premiere in 2017 when it was composed over 120 years ago?