HARMONIEMUSIK – MUSIC FOR WINDS

This concert is a chance to fully appreciate our multi-talented Kymi Sinfonietta wind players. The theme of the concert is Harmoniemusik, a term referring to the music played by a band known as a Harmonie consisting of from five to ten wind players – usually at least two per instrument – in the latter half of the 18th century. Funded by the aristocracy, they would perform beautiful, light, easy-listening background and dance music at less formal occasions.

OPENING CONCERT OF THE LOHISOITTO FESTIVAL: SUMPTUOUS STRAUSS AND A FEAST OF MUSIC FOR THE STAGE

Under our conductor Olari Elts we bring you a magnificent programme of sparkling gems from the world of opera. A masterly opera composer, Richard Strauss composed the incidental music for the play Le bourgeois gentilhomme incorporating an opera, Ariadne. The topic would not leave him in peace, and he therefore used the music for not only the suite to be heard in this concert but also a whole new opera. Ariadne auf Naxos would in time become one of his most popular operas.

YOUNG SOLOISTS’ CONCERT

Come and support the region’s young rising talents! The soloists in this concert conducted by Esa Heikkilä are all young students at the North Kymi or Kotka Region Music Institute. Playing with a live orchestra, working with a conductor and receiving encouragement from the audience are a rewarding experience for these youngsters and have far-reaching consequences. The soloists are chosen by audition, and the orchestra aims in this way to support young players along the road to music.

SLIGHTLY FOLKSY

Mounting the podium for this concert is the Kymi Sinfonietta’s own oboist-conductor Dimas Ruiz Santos. The works he has chosen bear echoes of folk music while also delving right to the roots of music; how have classical composers borrowed ideas from folk music? One interesting highlight is the Country Dance by one of Finland’s earliest symphonists, Ida Moberg.

J.S. BACH: ST JOHN PASSION

The Kymi Sinfonietta’s Easter tradition is as thriving as ever, this time in a performance of the St John Passion with versatile conductor-tenor Topi Lehtipuu and a brilliant band of soloists. The St John Passion is a prime example of Bach’s timeless musical genius and skill. As we listen, we become immersed in not only the last events of Christ’s life but also a tradition beginning with Bach in which the mighty power of the great musical masterpieces brings the Easter story alive in the present day.