Turku Philharmonic Orchestra´s season for spring 2019 is published. The theme for this spring is “romantic spring”. The several composers of romantic era that are played during spring season are behind this theme. The upcoming season is maestro Leif Segerstam´s last as TPO: s Chief Conductor. The season begins as well as ends with works of Richard Strauss.
Chief Conductor Leif Segerstam opens his last spring season with a majestic program of Richard Strausss´ music. Richard Strauss’ Salome-opera will be performed as a conclusion of Segerstam’s artistic period on Thursday and Friday 16th and 17th of May at 7 pm in the Concert Hall.
Maestro will turn 75 on 2nd of March in 2019. His period as a chief conductor of Turku Philharmonic Orchestra started in 2012 and will end in May 2019 with Salome. During his period as a chief conductor Segerstam has contributed remarkably to the artistic level and image of the orchestra.
Leif Segerstam also conducts Sibelius´ Lemminkäinen and Chopin´s 1st piano concerto, with Janne Mertanen as soloist. The concert will be held on Thursday and Friday 4th and 5th of April at 7 pm in the Concert Hall.
Due to great demand, Turku Philharmonic Orchestra´s concert with Egotrippi is relocated to Logomo. The concert sold out right after the publication day in October. Logomo has exquisite technical abilities that suite the concert perfectly. Also Logomo Hall is for 1800 audience members, whereas Concert Hall has only 1000 seats. The new date for the concert is Wednesday 30th of January at 7 pm. Those who have already bought tickets will be contacted directly. More tickets will come to sale on 21.11.
Haydn’s magnum opus, lasting nearly two hours, sets the story of the creation of the world to music. The work will be heard on Good Friday 19th of April at 6 pm in the Turku Cathedral. We will see for example soprano Hanna-Leena Haapamäki and bass Nicholas Söderlund as soloist, and Edward Ananian-Cooper conducts the orchestra.
Thursday and Friday series both have eight concerts this spring. During the season we will hear young energy and world´s top soloists. The famous Christian Kluxen returns to Turku on 14.-15.2. to conduct two evenings of the music of Adès, Rachmaninoff and Nielsen. Rachmaninoff´s “world´s most difficult” piano concerto is interpreted by Georgy Tchaidze.
In the concert Muse and Poet 28th of February young talents will perform. The Roozeman siblings, violinist Rebecca Roozeman and cellist Jonathan Roozeman perform Saint-Saëns´ fascinating duo work Muse and Poet. Taavi Oramo conducts the orchestra. On Friday 8th of March Etienne Boudreault, the orchestra´s principal bassoon, will climb on the stage as soloist. He will perform Carl Maria von Weber´s classic bassoon concerto in F-major.
In April two top names of their instrument will perform with the TPO. On Friday 12th of April conductor and trumpet player Håkan Hardenberger, known as a pioneer of his instrument and for his phenomenal performances and innovations, offers up a programme including both classical and popular music. The other top name in April is percussionist Simone Rubino. He interprets James MacMillan´s compelling work Veni, veni, Emmanuel. Winner of the 2018 Malko Competition Ryan Bancroft conducts the orchestra.
Principal Guest Conductor Julian Rachlin performs twice this spring in Turku. On Thursday and Friday 24.–25.1. he performs as conductor and violinist and interprets Felix Mendelssohn´s violin concerto in e-minor. We will also hear Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Ludwig van Beethoven´s works in the concert. On March 14th and 15th he performs with Boris Brovtsyn. In the concert we will hear a program of romantic era composers´ works.
The 1st of May concert at 3 pm in the Concert Hall is bubbling of joy. The concert features songs from Paula Koivuniemi´s new album entitled Elämästä, released in May 2018. The programme also includes some of Paula Koivuniemi’s greatest hits from across the decades and evergreen tunes in magnificent symphonic arrangements.
Children´s Music Festival is celebrated next year on 18.3.–24.3.2019. Turku Philharmonic Orchestra will take children to the adventures of Hilla and Liisi on Thursday 21st of March at 6 pm in the Concert Hall. Hilla and Liisi is a tale composed by seasoned music educators Mari Kätkä, Ulla Piispanen and Tuomas Kesälä, with visual design by award-winning graphic artist Sari Airola. It is both an adventure tale and a first introduction to the world of orchestral music for children. In addition to this, on Sunday 10th of February Satu Simolas Mouse – a musical tale is heard in the Children´s Music Salon.
Four concerts are featured in the spring´s chamber music series. The series begins on Sunday 27th January in Turku Castle with music of German romanticism. In the Sibelius Museum 3rd of March we will hear music from different centuries. In the Betel Church 7th of April a program with music of Thomas Adès, Gioachino Rossini, Franz Schubert and François Couperin is featured. The series end with French composers´ music in the Turku Castle in5th of May. Musicians of the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra have planned the concerts.
Programme for the Music in the Cathedral –concert 7th of February is also made by the musicians. We will hear brilliance of Baroque music and see Juha-Pekka Vikman and Maija Kontunen, violin, Vesa-Pekka Kopakkala and Megumi Nakazawa, trumpet as well as Anu Honkanen, piccolo, as soloists.