St. Michel Strings

St. Michel Strings

St. Michel Strings, based in the city of Mikkeli in eastern Finland, is a professional string ensemble of 12 full time musicians. St. Michel Strings dates back to 1903, when a small town of only a few thousand residents had a local music association that founded an orchestra. The ensemble had far higher aspirations than its amateur status. It eventually became a full time professional ensemble, and in 1990 became one of the cultural organizations publicly funded by the city of Mikkeli. Conductors Erkki Lasonpalo and Daniel Raiskin have acted as the orchestra's artistic partners since autumn 2017.

St. Michel Strings has won acclaim for its innovative programming of works for strings and has also become known for its eagerness to collaborate with young composers from Finland and abroad. In order to diversify its concert offerings, St. Michel Strings engages in numerous other partnerships as well, regularly performing joint concerts with other ensembles. The chamber configuration of the ensemble allows for easy mobility while still providing a full and authentic concert experience, sometimes even without a conductor.

Among its recent accomplishments, St. Michel Strings participated in the prestigious Great Mountains Music Festival in South Korea in summer 2013, and its recording Adagio, conducted by Grammy Award-winning conductor and composer José Serebrier, got Latin Grammy Award nomination. Recently St. Michel Strings has collaborated with soloists such as violinist Zia Hyunsu Shin, cellist Jian Wang and pianist Olli Mustonen. Celebration of the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius included St. Michel String’s tour in South Korea and China in March 2015 with Sibelius’ music.

Thu
30.5.2019
19:00
Pöyrynhovi, Hirvensalmi

Mikkelin kaupunginorkesteri
Kevätvierailulla Pöyrynhovissa

Jyrki Lasonpalo, konserttimestari
Liput: 20 € ovelta ennen konserttia
Thu
6.6.2019
19:00
Kangasniemisali

Mikkelin kaupunginorkesteri
Kesäillan valoa

Daniel Raiskin
Marjukka Tepponen, sopraano
Edgar Elgar: Serenadi jousille op. 20
Benjamin Britten: Les Illuminations op. 18
W.A. Mozart: Adagio ja Fuuga c-molli KV 546
Felix Mendelssohn: Jousisinfonia nro 9 C-duuri
Liput: 24,50 / 22,50 / 8 €, 12-16-vuotiaat 8 €, alle 12-vuotiaat ilmaiseksi
Thu
5.9.2019
19:00
Kuopion Musiikkikeskus

Kuopion kaupunginorkesteri
Mikkelin kaupunginorkesteri
Scheherazade

Jaakko Kuusisto
Linda Fredriksson ja Timo Lassy, saksofonit
Armas Järnefelt: Forsfärden, 12´
Kerkko Koskinen: Konsertto kahdelle saksofonille, 25', kantaesitys
Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov: Scheherazade op. 35, 50´
Liput: 33 / 27 / 11 € (sis. palvelumaksu)
Muut esitykset:  6.9. Mikkelin konserttikeskus Mikaeli
Fri
6.9.2019
19:00
Martti Talvela -sali, Mikaeli

Mikkelin kaupunginorkesteri
Kuopion kaupunginorkesteri
Scheherazade

Jaakko Kuusisto
Timo Lassy, saksofoni
Linda Fredriksson, saksofoni
Armas Järnefelt: Forsfärden, 12'
Kerkko Koskinen: Konsertto kahdelle saksofonille, 25'
Nikolai Rimski-Korsakov: Scheherazade op. 35, 50'
Liput 27,50 / 25,50 / 10 €, 12-16-vuotiaat 10 €, alle 12-vuotiaat ilmaiseksi maksavan asiakkaan seurassa.
Taiteilijavartti klo 18.30.
Wed
11.9.2019
9:00
Mäntyharjun kirkko

Mikkelin kaupunginorkesteri
Kapellimestarikurssi

Ari Rasilaisen kapellimestarikurssin osallistujat
Vapaa pääsy
Muut esitykset: Pertunmaan kirkko 11.9. (klo 12), Ristiinan koulukeskus 12.9. (klo 12), Mikkelin musiikkiopisto 12.9. (klo 19)
2012
St. Michel Strings
Adagio - José Serebrier
José Serebrier
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Divertimento
Cristina Spinei: Synched
Elliot Carter: Elegy
Marc Satterwhite: Ossuary Cross
Leevi Madetoja: Elegia op. 4/1
José Serebrier: Adagio
Joaquín Turina: La oracíon del torero
Giacomo Puccini: Crisantemi
Alba ABCD 341
2011
St. Michel Strings

José Serebrier
Einojuhani Rautavaara: Divertimento
Christina Spinei: Synched
Elliot Carter: Elegy
Marc Satterwhite: Ossuary Cross
Clark McAlister: Aquae Sulis
Leevi Madetoja: Elegia, op. 4/1 (1909)
José Serebrier: Adagio
Joaquín Turina: La oración del torero, op. 34 (1925)
Giacomo Puccini: Crisantemi

Alba ABCD 341
2009
St. Michel Strings
Petri Komulainen
Jan Lehtola, urut
Naji Hakim:
Påskeblomst for strings
Concerto 1 for Organ and Strings
Esquisses Grégoriennes
Concerto 3 for Organ and Strings
Alba ABCD 285
2009
St. Michel Strings
Erkki Palola, konserttimestari
Musica Fennica
Robert Kajanus: Suite ancienne F major, Berceuse
Lauri Saikkola: Tripartita, Musica per archi
Armas Launis: Suite nordique pour violon et cordes
Alba ABCD 274
2008
St. Michel Strings
Vellu Halkosalmi, joht. & sovitus orkesterille
Kauko Röyhkä, laulu
Zaia
Kauko Röyhkä:
Paskakaupunki, Observatorion Mäkelä, Lauralle, Kevät, Kukaan ei halua mua, Paha maa, Pähkinäpuu
Ranka Recordings RA 155-177722-3
Address
Sointukatu 1
FI-50100 Mikkeli
orchestra[at]mikkeli.fi
www.mikkelinkaupunginorkesteri.fi

Artists in Association
Erkki Lasonpalo
Daniel Raiskin

General Manager
Jaakko Antila
+358 40 129 4938

Librarian-Producer
Jukka Mäkelä
+358 40 129 4147

Orchestra Secretary
Anu Pettinen
+358 44 794 5711

Founded 1903
(municipalized 1990)

Size 12 musicians

Concert venues
Concert and Congress House Mikaeli:
Martti Talvela Hall,
694 seats

Tickets
www.ticketmaster.fi