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Celebration of Jyväskylä Sinfonia’s 60 year anniversary culminates this fall

Exciting concert programs and visits from brightest stars in classical music scene continue in the other half of Jyväskylä Sinfonia’s 60 year jubilee. There will be well-known professionals and new promising talents, music from these days, premieres and musical pioneers.

The autumn season starts with the anticipated visit of the magnificent bass Matti Salminen in the church of Laukaa where stunning arias as well as overtures from operas such as The Magic Flute, The Flying Dutchman, Don Carlos and Tristan and Isolde will be heard. The last time Salminen per-formed with our symphony orchestra was almost 30 years ago, so the audience is offered a very unique chance to hear the best of bass arias along the long career of Salminen himself.

New faces and child prodigies

The first concert of the autumn in the Jyväskylä City Theatre brings us Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafssons debut in Finland playing Alexander Skrjabin’s Piano Concerto. Besides Russian romance, the concert also includes a series from Dmitri Shostakovich’s satirical opera The Nose as well as Peter Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4.

In October the solo clarinetist Christoffer Sundqvist from the Radio Symphony Orchestra (RSO) visits interpreting the lovely Clarinet Concerto by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. In November a real child prodigy, the 16-year-old French trumpeter Lucienne Renaudin Vary performs two concertos: The cunning and curiosity-provoking work of Danish Bent Sørensen and the more traditional one by Jo-seph Haydn.

New guest conductors include a top student of Jorma Panula, just 19-year-old Klaus Mäkelä who is a successful cellist in addition to his career as a conductor. With Mäkelä’s lead we will take a look through 20th century Finnish classical music hearing pieces from Einojuhani Rautavaara, Uuno Klami and Leevi Madetoja. The conductor of the Christmas concert will be Ruut Kiiski who has merit as a choral director. The composer genius of the contemporary music world Magnus Lindberg also grabs the baton and conducts the concert in September beside the violin soloist Pekka Kuusisto. Kuusisto performs his own rough interpretation of Lindberg’s praised Violin Concerto.

Two festive concerts for two different audiences

To pamper the audience we have organized two 60th anniversary concerts in October and December. In the first one we will dive into exciting heights when Europe’s top DJ Mr Switch takes the stage with his turntables. Mr Switch will be performing Gabriel Prokofiev’s concerto for turntables and orchestra first time ever in Finland. At the very same concert luthier and inventor Jonte Knif introduces us to his self-constructed synthesizer knifonium, an instrument that has already reached a cult reputation during its short history. Knifonium has been heard, for example, in the soundtrack of the blockbuster movie Interstellar. The concert will feature a world premiere of Olli Virtaperko’s Knifonium Concerto’s chamber orchestra version. The end of the evening is not yet near for the party continues in nightclub Bra with Mr Switch to where the audience of the concert gets free entry. The audience is asked to live-tweet during the concert with the hashtag #jklsinfonialive.

The other anniversary concert held in December also marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. Program contains works from our theme composer Éric Tan-guy and chief conductor Ville Matvejeff composed for Jyväskylä Sinfonia. Sibelius’s magnum opus Kullervo with soloist baritone Jorma Hynninen and mezzo-soprano Lilli Paasikivi completes the con-cert. In addition to the male choir Sirkat, students from Tampere Music Academy also complement the orchestra.

First time visit to the Sibelius Hall

On All Saints’ Day we will celebrate the 80th birthday of the Estonian composer Arvo Pärt whose touching Berliner Messe will be heard along with Gabriel Faure’s sanguine Requiem. The soloists in the Taulumäki church are soprano Olga Heikkilä, baritone Arttu Kataja and Musica choir.

The end of November brings us one of the highest caliber cellists in Finland: Jan-Erik Gustafsson performing Éric Tanguy’s Cello Concerto No. 2.The Finland’s debut of the piece will be heard in Jyväskylä and the next day in Lahti, when Jyväskylä Sinfonia performs in the Sibelius Hall for the first time. Concert led by Ville Matvejeff also includes Darius Milhaud’s Suite Française and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, also referred as Victory Symphony.

Waltteri Torikka leads listeners to joyous Christmas feast

Baritone Waltteri Torikka has quickly established himself as one of the most promising new opera singers in Finland. During the spring 2015 he charmed the audience in Tähdet, Tähdet primetime mu-sic show on television and now ends the Jyväskylä Sinfonia’s fall season by performing in both of the Christmas concerts in the Taulumäki church. Arcangelo Corelli’s Christmas Concerto and Tchaikov-sky’s Winter Daydreams will add the Christmassy atmosphere.

Chamber music at church and City Hall

Two chamber music concerts with orchestra’s musicians this fall will take place in the church of Kuok-kala in September and in Jyväskylä City Hall in November. Programs include i.a. French brass music and Sibelius’ symphonic poem En Saga.

Tickets for autumn period are now on sale

Jyväskylä Sinfonia’s autumn season tickets are on sale until Tuesday 8th of September. Season tick-ets can be purchased at the theater ticket office and Lippupiste ticket outlets around Finland. Season tickets are available at the theatre’s ticket office without a service fee; in other outlets 3,60 €/ season ticket. Single tickets are sold in ticket outlets and online store ( as well as R-Kiosks (event number 106 352).

More info about the concerts here:



Jyväskylä City Theatre ticket office, phone +358 14 266 0110
Vapaudenkatu 36

More information

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

27.8.2015Satu Heikkinen

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