Taidetestaajat (Art Testers) is a project funded by The Finnish Cultural Foundation and The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland. For three years the project provides all 8th graders two visits in different art institutes. The Art Testers project of The Finnish Cultural Foundation is aiming to get the Finnish youth to experience art, also that kind of art that otherwise would not be accessible for all of them.
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra is part of project Art Testers. During weeks 47 and 48 the Concert Hall will have about 5600 8th grader visitors. These young culture critics are going to art test TPO’s concert Fantastique! The visit “An Episode in the Life of an Artist” includes Hector Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique as well as pre and after concert assignments.
Important co-operative partner for the orchestra in Art Testers project is Turun AMK:n Taideakatemia (Art Academy of Turku University of Applied Sciences). The students of Arts Academy will be producing the before- and after assignments. They have also created interesting program along Concert Hall’s lobby area for the days of each visit.
The piece performed in the concert, Symphonie fantastique, represents the artist passion, suffer and dives into deep extents of art. Turku Philharmonic Orchestra is conducted by Alberto Hold-Garrido and the symphony will be performed with dance and light art. Sharing the stage with orchestra there is dance theater ERI, lights are design by Timo Ollila and Jussi Virkkumaa will be doing video projecting.