Turku Philharmonic Orchestra’s autumn season 2017 has published. During autumn season we hear impressive Change-concerts, top class soloists, premières and versatile chamber music concerts. Autumn ends with swinging Christmas concert. For children, autumn provides animal-themed children’s songs paired with African instruments and dancing.
Change series continues
Change series, which began in January continues during autumn season. In September we hear Sorrowful song –concert, conducted by chief conductor Leif Segerstam. In Górecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs, the grief of a mother who has lost her child coalesces into aching melodies. The other Change-concert is Festive concert: Reformation! in November. To mark the Jubilee Year celebrating 500 years since the Reformation, the Turku Philharmonic commissioned Pauliina Isomäki to write a festive oratorio. Its world première at Turku Cathedral is one of the most significant world premieres of the year. Concert is conducted by Ruut Kiiski. Change series also includes concert Parsifal in August, produced by Turku Music Festival.
Change-concerts are included with free lecture. Lectures are held at Tietotori of Turku City Library at Tuesday of the concert week. Change-concerts are streamed live and they can be seen from orchestra’s website. Concert conducted by Leif Segerstam is also a live tweet -concert, where audience can buy a ticket from Twitter-stand and share their concert experience direct in social media.
Great symphony and orchestras own talents
At the opening concert of the autumn season, Autumn Sun, we hear Sibelius’s fifth symphony, which is one of Sibelius’s most popular. It is paired with Klami’s evocative Kalevala Suite and two virtuoso arias by Beethoven. This programme will also be performed at the Mariinsky Concert Hall in St. Petersburg as part of the celebrations of the centenary of Finland’s independence. A celebration of Finnish music, concert True or false? features the world premiere of a new work by Uljas Pulkkis. Cello soloist will be Roi Ruottinen, TPO: s Principal Cellist. The other orchestra’s own virtuoso is principal flute Niamh McKenna, who performs in the concert Pohjola’s Daughter. She takes center stage here in Khatchaturian’s Flute Concerto.
Romance with guitar and violin
The concert Chitarra d’amore forms part of the Turku Guitar Festival and focuses on Italian music. Patrik Kleemola, an internationally acknowledged Finnish guitar player, appears as soloist in the melodic Guitar Concertto of Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco. The concert opens with Respighi’s romantic “Botticelli Triptych”, where the composer depicts famous painting such as The Birth of Venus. Conducted by Julian Rachlin, the new Principal Guest Conductor of the Turku Philharmonic, the concert La dolce vita is a programme bubbling with joy, lovely melodies and romance. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante is a showcase for violin and viola, here performed by Rachlin himself and Sarah McElravy. Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony transports us to the Mediterranean sun.
Christian Kluxen, known by top orchestras around the world as the ”Mighty Viking”, returns to conduct the Turku Philharmonic in two concerts 26.10 and 27.10. where soloist is Juho Pohjonen, a pianist whose international career is on the ascendant. Alberto Hold-Garrido conducts the concert Fantastique! where Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique is visualized by lighting designer Timo Ollila and Dance Theatre ERI.
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra’s musicians will perform in four chamber music concerts during th e autumn season 2017. A chamber music concert at the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art features a trip from Finland via Japan to the USA. At a concert at Hus Lindman a brass ensemble performs familiar pieces from the opera and chamber music repertoires, at Donner Institute we hear music for string quartet and harp, and at Turku Castle we hear Octets from Schibert and Widmann.
Tickets for autumn season will be released Monday April 24th 2017. Season tickets will be on sale 18.4.-8.9.2017. Tickets for Turku Philharmonic Orchestra’s concerts are sold by Lippupiste, www.lippu.fi. In Turku, tickets can be bought from Turku cultural shop Ars Musica at Turku Concert Hall, open Mon to Fri 11am-5pm and before events at the Concert Hall. On concert nights, tickets may be bought at the door from one hour before concert, if there are available tickets left. Turku Concert Hall, Aninkaistenkatu 9, 20100 Turku.
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