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Famous conductors visiting Jyväskylä Sinfonia in the spring season

In 2017 Jyväskylä Sinfonia is celebrating centenarian Finland with bringing many Finnish rarely known compositions to its concerts. Jyväskylä Sinfonia is performing pieces by, for example, Kaija Saariaho, Uuno Klami, Aarre Merikanto and Paavo Heininen and two illustrious Finnish composers in memoriam Einojuhani Rautavaara and Jouni Kaipainen.

Jyväskylä Sinfonia is having many famous conductors visiting during the spring season. One of them is the well-known American Karina Canellakis who gets her debut in Finland in January. Other well-known conductors are Robert Trevino, Olari Elts and Risto Joost, without forgetting the Finnish talents Klaus Mäkelä and Dalia Stasevska.

Great orchestral pieces start and end the spring season

The spring season is surrounded by the glory of a big orchestra as large pieces and hefty tunes can be enjoyed both in the opening concert and in the finale. Spring in Jyväskylä Sinfonia starts on 11th January with chief conductor Ville Matvejeff and pieces by Sergei Rachmaninoff, Maurice Ravel and Kaija Saariaho. Award-winning conductor Olari Elts conducts pieces by Leoš Janáček, Rachmaninoff and Antonín Dvořák in May.

For those who love piano music Jyväskylä Sinfonia presents three pianists in the spring season: Zhang Zuo from Chinese background, Russian-born Valeria Resjan and Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson who is already a familiar face in Jyväskylä. Mezzosoprano Tuija Knihtilä sings Rückert Lieder by Gustav Mahler in February. Other soloists performing in the spring season are violinist Alexandra Conunova and cellist Jonathan Roozeman, both of which were very successful in the International Tchaikovsky Competition. Clarinetist Olli Leppäniemi is also performing with Jyväskylä Sinfonia in the spring.

Concert dedicated for the whole family presents familiar children’s songs

Award-winning children's musician Satu Sopanen and Tuomo Rannankari known as a host of chil-dren's programs are performing children’s songs in three concerts in March. These family friendly concerts carry a name HEI TEHDÄÄN SINUNKAUPAT! Concerts present well known Finnish chil-dren’s songs such as Mikki Hiiri Merihädässä and Mustan kissan tango.

Spring will culminate with Anssi Kela

The spring season 2017 will culminate with a pop & rock concert with Anssi Kela in May the 13th in Paviljonki. Concert presents Anssi Kela’s popular songs since the beginning of his career. Kela’s songs are arranged for orchestra by the conductor Jarkko Kiiski.

Spring season brings 12 o’clock matinees and Thursday reruns

Due to high demand Jyväskylä Sinfonia launches 12 o’clock matinees and Thursday reruns in the spring season. Thursday reruns are on 16th February and on 11th May and 12 o’clock matinees on two Wednesdays on 25th January and on 5th April. If you like, you can also enjoy lunch or coffee at Jyväskylä City Theatre’s cafeteria on Wednesday matinees.

Artist meetings in spring 2017

Come along and hear artists’ thoughts of the night’s concert and their latest news in artist meetings and you can also ask questions from the artists yourself.

- 25th January, clarinetist Olli Leppäniemi
- 1st February, conductor Robert Trevino
- 8th March , cellist Jonathan Roozeman
- 5th April, pianist Víkingur Ólafsson
- 10th May, pianist Valeria Resjan

Artist meetings start at 18.15 and last a quarter of an hour. Free entry.

Q&A moment with Robert Trevino after open rehearsal

School groups, pensioners and other groups are welcome to visit Jyväskylä Sinfonia’s open rehearsals for free. Open rehearsals are on 1st February, 22th February, 8th March and 29th March starting at 10 o’clock at Jyväskylä City Theatre. Rehearsals last approximately three hours but leaving earlier is possible during a break. Groups must be minimum 10 people. Same group can visit one open re-hearsal during a season. Registration must be done in good time before the rehearsal. Registration can be made by phone (014 266 4167) or by e-mail to (jenni.hakola[at]

As a special treat after the first open rehearsal in 2017 American conductor Robert Trevino gives a Q&A moment to the visitors of the rehearsal. After the rehearsal audience can ask questions from Trevino in Finnish or in English for example about music or what’s it like to be a conductor.

Tickets for the spring season are now available

Tickets for the spring season are sold at Jyväskylä City Theatre ticket office, Sokos Info, Lippupiste online store ( and R-kioski (event number 106 352).

More information about the concerts:

Further information

Communications and Marketing Manager Jenni Hakola
phone +358 14 266 4167

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