Turku Philharmonic Orchestra´s principal flutist Niamh McKenna shines as a soloist on Thursday 16th of November. Chief Conductor Leif Segerstam conducts the orchestra. We will hear Jean Sibelius´ Pohjola´s Daughter, Aram Khachaturian´s Flute Concerto and Einojuhani Rautavaara´s symphony nro 8. The concert is sold out.
Niamh McKenna interprets Khachaturian´s Flute Concerto. McKenna comments the piece: “In my opinion the Khatchaturian concerto is a very passionate, colourful piece. It is rooted in the Armenian folk music, very rhythmical and expressive.” The piece is a virtuoso adaptation of the composer´s Violin Concerto. “I have always loved this piece, and I think this is the greatest flute concerto in our somewhat limited repertoire”, McKenna tells.
McKenna looks forward to playing the piece with the orchestra: “Working on this piece has been like training for a marathon in many ways! It's around 40 minutes long and you need incredible stamina and virtuosic abilities.”