BEETHOVEN – RADICAL GURU III
  • Kotka Concert Hall
  • Kuusankoski Hall
One of the high points of the Beethoven jubilee: a work commissioned from Jarkko Hartikainen sets the scene for Beethoven’s mighty Eroica symphony. Some much-loved French music finds ace flautist Sharon Bezaly in sentimental mood.
Artists
Conductor
Olari Elts
Soloist
Sharon Bezaly, flute
Program

Witold Lutosławski:          
Preludes
       

Nicolas Bacri:                    
Flute Concerto

Claude Debussy:               
Syrinx

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Jarkko Hartikainen:           
New work commissioned by Kymi Sinfonietta, world premiere

L. van Beethoven:             
Symphony no. 3, “Eroica”

BEETHOVEN – RADICAL GURU III
  • Kotka Concert Hall
  • Kuusankoski Hall
One of the high points of the Beethoven jubilee: a work commissioned from Jarkko Hartikainen sets the scene for Beethoven’s mighty Eroica symphony. Some much-loved French music finds ace flautist Sharon Bezaly in sentimental mood.
Artists
Conductor
Olari Elts
Program

Witold Lutosławski:          
Preludes
       

Nicolas Bacri:                     
Flute Concerto

Claude Debussy:                
Syrinx

Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

Jarkko Hartikainen:            
New work commissioned by Kymi Sinfonietta, world premiere

L. van Beethoven:             
Symphony no. 3, “Eroica”

“RINGING IN THE PAST”
  • Kotka Concert Hall
  • Kuusankoski Hall
Fantastic wind instruments both ancient and new. Anything can become music in the hands of multi-instrumentalist Abraham Cupeiro. The conductor is one of the Kymi Sinfonietta’s own musicians, principal oboe Dimas Ruiz Santos. Together they have just returned from recording some of the works on this programme with one of London’s top orchestras.   NOTE! Public dress rehearsal earlier in the day at 12.30. Advance notice required: toimisto@kymisinfonietta.fi or 05-2344891
Artists
Conductor
Dimas Ruiz Santos
Program

Joaquín Rodrigo – Johan Daniel Berlin – Abraham Cupeiro – Carlos VázquezBéla Bartók

“RINGING IN THE PAST”
  • Kotka Concert Hall
  • Kuusankoski Hall
Fantastic wind instruments both ancient and new. Anything can become music in the hands of multi-instrumentalist Abraham Cupeiro. The conductor is one of the Kymi Sinfonietta’s own musicians, principal oboe Dimas Ruiz Santos. Together they have just returned from recording some of the works on this programme with one of London’s top orchestras.   NOTE! Public dress rehearsal earlier in the day at 12.30.Advance notice required: toimisto@kymisinfonietta.fi or 05-2344891
Artists
Conductor
Dimas Ruiz Santos
Soloist
Winds wizard Abraham Cupeiro
Program

Joaquín Rodrigo
Johan Daniel Berlin
Abraham Cupeiro
Carlos Vázquez 
Béla Bartók

BEETHOVEN – RADICAL GURU II
  • Kotka Concert Hall
  • Kuusankoski Hall
Star guest Viviane Hagner as the soloist in Beethoven’s every-popular Violin Concerto. Jörg Widman provides a snappy opening before Beethoven’s sunny, cheerful 8th Symphony.
Artists
Conductor
Olari Elts
Program

Jörg Widmann:                  
Con brio       

L. van Beethoven:             
Symphony no. 8

Violin Concerto

BEETHOVEN – RADICAL GURU II
  • Kotka Concert Hall
  • Kuusankoski Hall
Star guest Viviane Hagner as the soloist in Beethoven’s every-popular Violin Concerto. Jörg Widman provides a snappy opening before Beethoven’s sunny, cheerful 8th Symphony.
Artists
Conductor
Olari Elts
Soloist
Viviane Hagner, violin
Program

Jörg Widmann: 
Con brio       

L. van Beethoven: 
Symphony no. 8
Violin Concerto

BAROQUE CONCERT
  • Kotka Concert Hall
  • Kouvola City Hall
Rich and colourful music of the Baroque: splendid arias by George Frideric Handel in which the soloist is Tuuli Lindberg, one of Finland’s finest Baroque singers, accompanied by a large orchestra. The orchestral music of Rameau is an enchanting mix of colour and invention.
Artists
Leader
Raymond Cox, violin
Program

G. Fr. Handel: 
Arias

J. Ph. Rameau: 
Orchestral music

BAROQUE CONCERT
  • Kotka Concert Hall
  • Kouvola City Hall
Rich and colourful music of the Baroque: splendid arias by George Frideric Handel in which the soloist is Tuuli Lindberg, one of Finland’s finest Baroque singers, accompanied by a large orchestra. The orchestral music of Rameau is an enchanting mix of colour and invention.
Artists
Leader
Raymond Cox, violin
Soloist
Tuuli Lindeberg, soprano
Program

G. Fr. Händel: 
Arias

J. Ph. Rameau: 
Orchestral music

OPERA NIGHT: excerpts from ‘FIDELIO’
  • Kotka Concert Hall
  • Kuusankoski Hall
Beethoven’s magnificent, powerful opera Fidelio in an almost full concert version.
Artists
Conductor
Olari Elts
Program

L. van Beethoven:             
Overture and arias from the opera ‘Fidelio’                 

“IN THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS”
  • Kotka Church
  • Kouvola Central Church
Our pre-Christmas concerts present a programme of some of the best-loved Christmas music. This time we combine works by two composers, Mozart and Mendelssohn, both Wunderkinder in their day. The Kymi Sinfonietta also brings together singers from the north and south of the region: Sonus from Kouvola and the Kotka-Canto Chamber Choir from Kotka. The two choirs will perform in both concerts. Collaboration with locals is also important for the concerts’ conductor, Olari Elts. The soloists will be baritone Riku Pelo and soprano Marika Hölttä.
Artists
Conductor
Olari Elts
Program

Felix Mendelssohn:   
Symphony No. 6

Ave Maris Stella for soprano and orchestra
Vom Himmel Hoch, cantata based on the hymn

W. A. Mozart: 
Symphony No. 31

Laudate Dominum for soprano, choir and orchestra
Regina Coeli for soprano, choir and orchestra

The Snowman
  • Kotkan konserttitalo
  • Kotkan konserttitalo
  • Kuusankoskitalo
A live performance by the Kymi Sinfonietta of the evergreen classic The Snowman, a touching Christmas story of friendship. This award-winning British animation film premiered in 1982 captures hearts both young and old.
Artists
Conductor
Kimmo Tullila
Soloist:
Ukko Väisänen
Program
JOINT CONCERT WITH THE JYVÄSKYLÄ SINFONIA
  • Kuusankoski Hall
  • Kotka Concert Hall
The Kymi Sinfonietta continues the collaboration with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia that got off to such a good start last year. This time the concert will feature all-time favourites by Lindberg, Sibelius and Rachmaninoff. The soloist in the Sibelius Violin Concerto is the young, highly-talented Rebecca Roozeman, winner of this spring’s Juhani Heinonen Violin Competition. Together the two orchestras conducted by Ville Matvejeff will be able to do full justice to the richly romantic second symphony by Sergei Rachmaninoff.
Artists
Conductor
Ville Matvejeff
Program

Magnus Lindberg:     
Chorale

Jean Sibelius:     
Violin Concerto

Sergei Rachmaninoff:    
Symphony No. 2

FINALS CONCERTS OF THE IV INTERNATIONAL UUNO KLAMI COMPOSITION COMPETITION
  • Kuusankoski Hall
  • Kotka Concert Hall (+Results and prize-giving ceremony)
The tension rises in the finals concerts of one of the world’s most popular composition competitions, the International Uuno Klami now being held for the fourth time. Audiences at these concerts will have a chance to hear no fewer than five world premiere performances. The five works were chosen from the 283 entries in the competition, and four of them feature a top instrumentalist as soloist. The presenter is the charismatic Jussi-Pekka Rantanen familiar to Finnish TV viewers. The winners will be announced and the prizes awarded after the concert in Kotka.
Artists
Conductor
Olari Elts
Program

Christopher Culpo (France)
Mundus Imaginalis*

Pertti Jalava (Finland)
Viola Concerto*

Andrea Portera (Italy)
Klecksophonic Lieder*

Tomi Räisänen (Finland)
Portal, Marimba Concerto*

Roberto Sansuini (Italy)
Four Tales for Small Orchestra*

Jury:
Kalevi Aho (Chairman), Magnus Lindberg,
Erkki-Sven Tüür and Olari Elts

*world premiere performance

VIOLA IN MY LIFE I “Voilà the viola!”
  • Kotka Church
  • Kouvola Town Hall
Olari Elts’s other new concert series is “Viola in my Life” focusing on top viola players from round the world. It would, says Elts, be a pity not to use such a resource. Some solo violists also lead their concerts. First on the list is the celebrated Brit Lawrence Power, in a programme that cleverly links early repertoire with works by British composers. The other soloist is velvety-voiced Irish tenor Robin Tritschler.
Artists
Leader and violist:
Lawrence Power
Soloist:
Robin Tritschler, tenor
Program

John Dowland:
If my complaints for tenor and ensemble

Benjamin Britten:              
Lachrymae 

Arcangelo Corelli:             
Movement from Concerto Grosso No. 6

Michael Tippett:                
Corelli Fantasia

H. Purcell – L. Stokowski:
Dido’s Lament: “When I am Laid in Earth” from the opera Dido and Aeneas

Benjamin Britten:
Nocturne for tenor and instrumental ensemble

Esa-Pekka Salonen:           
Pentatonic Etude for viola

PAAVALI JUMPPANEN AND KEYBOARD
  • Kotka Church
  • Kuusankoski Hall
Paavali Jumppanen, a great hit with audiences on his previous appearances with the Kymi Sinfonietta, returns to lead and act as soloist in two great masterpieces in the piano repertoire. Though Bach, Mozart and Beethoven never met, Mozart and Beethoven were influenced by the music of Bach, and Beethoven by Mozart. Each nevertheless wrote in an original style all his own, as we will hear in the two concertos.
Artists
Pianist and leader
Paavali Jumppanen
Program

J. S. Bach:
Movements from Die Kunst Der Fuge

W. A. Mozart:
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A Major, KV 488

L. van Beethoven:
Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”

BRASIL! ”Brasilialaiset ystäväni”
  • Kyminsuu Culture Centre, Karhula
  • Kuusankoski Hall
  • Kyminsuu Culture Centre, Karhula
Once again we turn the spotlight on some of our first-class players as our principal trumpet Visa Haarala acts the soloist, leader and arranger in a sizzling programme with friends from Brazil and the Kymi Sinfonietta. The majority of the pieces are by pianist-composer Gabriel Geszti, but there will also be others by Brazilian composer-musicians Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, Moacir Santos and others.
Artists
Leader and arrangements
Visa Haarala
Program
BEGUILING ITALIAN BAROQUE Capriccio stravagante!
  • Kotka Church
  • Kuusankoski Church
Our leader, Raymond Cox, has devised a pleasing menu of colourful, virtuosic music of the Italian Baroque ranging from Carlo Farina’s furious Capriccio stravagante to arias from Antonio Vivaldi’s opera Ottone in villa. Starring as our soloist is countertenor Teppo Lampela, master of a type of voice seldom heard in Finland.
Artists
Leader
Raymond Cox, viulu
Program

Antonio Vivaldi:   
Arias from the opera Ottone in villa (1713)

Giovanni Alberto Ristori:
Movements from the cantata Dai crini omai scuotete (The Day of the Coronation of Her Majesty Anna Empress of Russia, 1736)

Carlo Farina:
Capriccio stravagante (1627)

Marco Uccellini:
Movements from Sonate, arie e correnti (1642)

Antonio Bertali:
Ciaccona (1662)

Francesco Geminiani:
Concerto grosso No. 12 “La folia” (after the well-known Violin Sonata La folia by Arcangelo Corelli, 1729)

RED HOUSE concert series: “The magic of the silent movie – The New Babylon”
  • Karhuvuori Sports Hall (Steveco Arena), Kotka
  • Pato Areena, Kuusankoski
The Kymi Sinfonietta’s series of popular silent movies continues in the second Red House concert offering audiences their first chance to see the Russian silent classic in magnificent surroundings: The New Babylon directed by Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg (1929) to the music composed for it by Dmitri Shostakovich performed live by the Kymi Sinfonietta. The vivid, colourful music is a good example of its composer’s musical humour.
Artists
Conductor
Olari Elts
Program

Dmitri Shostakovich:         
The New Babylon

RED HOUSE concert series: I “City Life”
  • Karhuvuori Sports Hall (Steveco Arena), Kotka
  • Pato Areena, Kuusankoski
A concert you simply cannot afford to miss. Hypnotic rhythms are the key to the first concert in this new Red House concert series devised by Olari Elts. For it we have chosen a magnificent selection of readily accessible contemporary classics. Leading the cavalcade is Magnus Lindberg’s Red House, followed by the fantastic violin concerto by American composer John Adams. The soloist is top violinist Chloë Hanslip, who has recorded the concerto with London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The works by American Steve Reich also have some catchy rhythms. Adding colour to the rhythmic beat in City Life is sound material collected in the busy New York streets.
Artists
Conductor
Olari Elts
Solist
Chloë Hanslip, violin
Program

Magnus Lindberg: Red House

John Adams: Violin Concerto

Steve Reich: Runner, City Life

AVAJAISKONSERTTI "Yleisön toivekonsertti"
  • Merikeskus Vellamo
  • Merikeskus Vellamo
  • Kouvolan kaupungintalo
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Artists
Kapellimestari
Atso Almila
Program

Classical and lighter music by popular request, including:

Jules Massenet:  Meditation for violin and orchestra

Lasse Mårtenson: Myrskyluodon Maija

Edvard Grieg: Solveig’s Song

Dmitri Shostakovich: Waltz No. 2

Franz Schubert: Ave Maria

Jean Sibelius: Valse triste

Franz Lehár: The Vilja Song

Astor Piazzolla:  Libertango

Monty Norman: James Bond signature tune

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  • Kotka Concert house
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Artists
Program

Magnus Lindberg: Red House
Steve Reich: Runner
Steve Reich: City Life