The most interesting concerts of the remainder of the year are conducted by Klaus Mäkelä, Janne Nisonen and Magnus Lindberg. Mäkelä has compiled a programme where Finland and Russia square off. The programme of the concerts on Thursday and Friday 15–16 November features Sauli Zinovjev, Erkki Melartin and Dmitri Shostakovich.
Nisonen leads the audience to a philosophers’ symposium on Thursday 22 November. On the programme are Symphony no. 22 by Joseph Haydn, sub-titled ‘The Philosopher’, Serenade after Plato’s Symposium by Leonard Bernstein and the Third Symphony of Johannes Brahms. The soloist is the rapidly rising violinist Tami Pohjola.
On Thursday and Friday 29–30 November, composer-conductor Magnus Lindberg and clarinet virtuoso Kari Kriikku present a quirky and fascinating programme of new and modern music: The Unanswered Question by Charles Ives, the playful virtuoso Clarinet Concerto by Kimmo Hakola, the lovely and meditative Melodien by György Ligeti and Magnus Lindberg’s Tempus fugit, which was extremely well received at its premiere by the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra on 6 December 2017. These concerts also celebrate the 60th birthdays of Lindberg and Hakola, which are this summer. A Head Start Special will be held in the upper foyer of the Concert Hall from 17.30, exploring the evening’s programme and phenomena in contemporary music with the performers.