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60th Anniversary of Jyväskylä Sinfonia begins on January 14th 2015

The year 2015 is a year of celebration with several anniversaries. It has been 150 years since the Finnish national composer Jean Sibelius was born and the other master composer Aulis Sallinen will have his 80th birthday. But the most important celebration is when we in Jyväskylä Sinfonia are having our 60th anniversary.

During the anniversary year, many Sibelius’ pieces will be played, such as Lemminkäinen suite, Andante festivo, and Symphony No. 2. The recording of Aulis Sallinen’s Chamber Music suite will be finished and published during the year. A special theme during the year is also to highlight two living composers who has especially inspired by Sibelius: Finnish Magnus Lindberg (born 1958) and French Éric Tanguy (born 1968). Pieces by both composers will be played during the year and they also visit Jyväskylä so that the audience has the opportunity to meet them.

Clarinetists visit the town in the beginning of the year

Friends of clarinet will enjoy the beginning of the year as the soloist of the opening concert is young Swedish clarinetist Emil Jonason. He interprets Magnus Lindberg’s Concerto for Clarinet. At the beginning of February we get Kari Kriikku as our visitor. He brings his Orient Express show to Jyväskylä and takes the audience to a tour around different music cultures, such as tango, fado, and klezmer. The show will be a remarkable concert experience.

A concert full of Sibelius will be offered in March when S Group celebrates its 100 years’ history. The concert program includes songs sung by soprano Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, Andante festivo, Valse triste, Belzasar’s Feast, and Swanwhite.

Winds of change from abroad to Jyväskylä

Chief conductor Ville Matvejeff’s goal is to present regularly new faces to the audience in Jyväskylä. In February, there will be two debutants in our town: American conductor Robert Trevino and Russian cellist Alexey Stadler. Stadler plays Dmitri Shostakovich’s Concerto for Cello No. 1, which is, nowadays, his unique trademark.

The previous concert master of Berlin Philharmonic, Guy Braunstein, visits Jyväskylä and Finland for the first time in March with a program full of Beethoven. String soloists are on stage also in May under the baton of Moshe Atzmon, when Johannes Brahms’ Double Concerto for violin ja cello and Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2 are in the program. Mr. Atzmon conducts also another concert with pianist Laura Mikkola as the soloist with Beethoven’s Concerto for Piano No. 4.

The latest new member of Jyväskylä Sinfonia, solo violist Grigory Tsyganov shows his soloistic skills in April, when the program consists of colourful and visual pieces by Éric Tanguy and Nicolas Bacri.

The highly anticipated return of St John Passion happens now

J. S. Bach’s St John Passion is played again after 10 years during Easter week. The group of foreign soloists is extremely qualified; there are, for instance, Swedish opera soprano Ida Falk Winland and baritone Leon Kosavic who succeeded in Mirjam Helin Competition last year. Cantinovum choir plays also an important role in the passion.

Young music students from Jyväskylä are invited to play with the orchestra in April as the whole soloist group consists of youth. The scale is from small beginners to older students, and all of them have the opportunity to perform together with a big orchestra. The concert is organized together with JAMK University of Applied Sciences and Jyväskylä Educational Consortium.

Heroes from the screen, charming animal characters – and Loiri

The wishes of the audience will be fulfilled in February with two movie music concerts. The theme of the concerts is the invincible heroes of the screen, such as Batman, Gladiator, Superman, and Ethan Hunt. And what would a movie concert be without the most important topic, love? Jyväskylä Sinfonia will be accompanied by Jyväskylä Big Band.

There will be a concert for the whole family in January together with musicians playing as animal characters. Arja Puikkonen & Kirmo Lintinen’s absorbing Haapaneitty, mettäntyttö fairy tale tells a story of the little Eino boy and his cat. The concert lasts 30 minutes; thus, it is suitable for the smallest children, too.

The spring season is closed in May with charismatic Vesa-Matti Loiri, whose atmospheric concert in Paviljonki includes interpretations of Eino Leino’s poems with a string orchestra, English horn and guitarist Peter Lerche.

More information about the concerts


Jyväskylä City Theatre Ticket Office, tel. 014 266 0110

7.1.2015Satu Heikkinen

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