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Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä spring programme - gentle touch of nature, legendary virtuosos and greetings from America

Greetings from USA

William Boughton who acted eight years as the music director of Sinfonia Finlandia Jyväskylä during the 1980-90s arrives in Jyväskylä in February for two weeks’ visit. His second concert on 16th February brings greetings from his current home country USA as the whole concert consists of works by American composers.

New Haven Symphony Orchestra whose Music Director and Principal Conductor Boughton has been since 2007, has co-operated with Augusta Read Thomas who is one of the most praised composers of her generation. Her piece Daylight Divine which is almost a cult nowadays is the highlight of the concert.

After studying and teaching in several universities Thomas has now devoted herself entirely to composing. Her productivity has led to over 400 compositions including opera, orchestra and choir works. Her orchestral compositions have been performed by the Berlin Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, the New York Philhar-monic, and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, to mention just a few.

Daylight Divine was created to honour Diana Nering, a committed advocate for ‘Children First’. Nering devoted her life to children who had been passed over by society and gave abused children a voice.

Daylight Divine will now be heard as a premiere in Finland with soloist Anna-Kristiina Kaap-pola and the local children choir Vox Aurea as performers.

Visit of Virtuosos, the concert on 23rd of February

Visit of Virtuosos, the concert on 23rd of February, will be held under the baton of the maestro Jorma Panula who has educated a wide range of Finnish top conductors during his career.

Another legendary artist, the violinist Ilja Grubert, will perform Tchaikovsky’s popular violin concerto which was once regarded as a way too difficult work for a soloist. Tchaikovsky’s orchestral suite no. 4 which is a tribute to W.A. Mozart will be also heard during the concert. The four parts of the suite are founded on Mozart’s less known piano pieces which Tchaikovsky, however, remoulded to represent totally his own style and temperament.

Latvian Peteris Vasks is nowadays one of the most significant and honoured European contemporary composers. As he feels strongly about environmental issues, a sense of nature - both pristine and destroyed - can be found in many of his works. Last May the orchestra recorded Vasks’ flute concerto with Michael Faust as the soloist.

In the middle of March, 16.3., his concerto for English horn is performed in the concert by Juha Markkanen, orchestra’s principal oboe. The gentle, pastoral concerto evokes connotations not only to the state of the nature but also to Latvian folk music.

The whole concert calendar: http://www.jyvaskylasinfonia.fi/english/concerts

25.1.2011 Mari Itäranta

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