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Jyväskylä Sinfonia moves on Ville Matvejeff’s decade

Ville Matvejeff begins as Jyväskylä Sinfonia’s new chief conductor in the beginning of 2014. His first spring season includes Russian Romantic, rhythm of percussions, thrilling piano competition, and impressive choir concerts.

At the same time Moshe Atzmon begins as a principal guest conductor having concerts full of traditional Classical and Romantic pieces with great soloists.

Composer Pekka Kostiainen who lives in Jyväskylä celebrates his 70th birthday in March when a taster of his forthcoming Requiem will be played. This concert is conducted by Estonian Olari Elts who has won both Jorma Panula and Jean Sibelius conductor competitions.

The soloist of the spring season’s opening concert is Hungarian violin virtuoso Barnabás Kelemen who interprets Sergei Prokofiev’s violin concerto. At the end of January orchestra’s own oboist Nahoko Kinoshita plays her favourite concerto, Bohuslav Martinů’s rhythmically bubbling oboe concerto.

Aulis Sallinen is one of Finland’s internationally most appreciated composers. His chamber music pieces will be played by conductor-pianist Ralf Gothóni, cellist Arto Noras, and clarinetist Michel Le-thiec in February.

Finland’s biggest national piano competition, Ilmari Hannikainen piano competition, will be organized in March and the two finals will be played accompanied by Jyväskylä Sinfonia. The competitors are between 15 and 30 years and they select their final pieces from six well-known piano concertos. Ville Matvejeff who came third in the same competitions in 2007 will conduct the finals.

Mendelssohn’s wonderful violin tunes

Many concert visitors’ wish will be fulfilled in February when Felix Mendelssohn’ violin concerto E-minor will be heard in the concert. The same piece is also on Jyväskylä Sinfonia’s cd, which was pub-lished last spring. The soloist is the same as on the cd, namely Chinese violin star Tianwa Yang. Pia-nist Antti Siirala plays Robert Schumann’s piano concerto in April with Moshe Atzmon as a conductor.

Queen’s melodies, groovy rhythms

There will be a rock party in January when Jarkko Ahola, the singer of Teräsbetoni and AHOLA bands, sings Queen’s and Tom Jones’s songs and also melodies from James Bond movies. The same concert will be played twice during the evening.

In March, Olavi Louhivuori’s concerto for two percussionists will be premiered. Louhivuori is one of Finland’s well-known jazz drummers and originally from Jyväskylä. He plays his concerto together with orchestra’s percussionist June Binnie. This concert is full of strong beat together with American John Adams’ Shaker Loops and Kalevi Aho’s symphony Rituals.

Whole family enjoys Gommi and Pommi’s concert

M. A. Numminen’s Gommi rabbit and Pedro Hietanen’s Pommi cat have guided many Finnish genera-tions into music during over three decades. In the beginning of April this duo delights children and their families with a show concert full of nice animal songs, fairy tales, and drawing.

Two large choir concerts finish the season

Young Japanese-American conductor talent Eugene Tzigane conducts Easter concert with a program consisting of Schubert’s third symphony, Mozart’s Exsultate jubilate, and as a main piece, Joseph Haydn’s Nelson Mass. In addition to four soloists, there will be Musica Choir.

The season is finished by an impressive concert with Ludwig van Beethoven’s last, ninth symphony, which is one of the most renowned achievements in the history of music. Adding human voices into a symphony was a bewildering act, not to mention the large orchestration and duration. The “Ode to Joy” in the finale will be sung by the soloists and Jyväskylä Opera Choir.

Tickets from the theatre without a service fee

Nikolainkulma quits as a sales office at the end of 2013. Jyväskylä Sinfonia’s principal sales point from the beginning of 2014 is the theatre’s ticket office, which will sell concert tickets without a service fee. However, if tickets are bought from any other place, there will be a service fee ranging between 1,50-2,50 €/ticket.

More information about the concerts http://www.jyvaskylasinfonia.fi/english/concerts

The tickets are on sale in Lippupiste http://www.lippu.fi

7.1.2014Satu Heikkinen

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