Ten premieres by Finnish orchestras in October

Julkaistu 24.9.2007

Several new orchestral works by Finnish composers will be premiered in Finland during the autumn 2007. In October only, the Finnish symphony orchestras will perform ten new works in nine Finnish cities. The works include three concertos for soloists and orchestra, as well as two song cycles for singer and orchestra. In addition to the world premieres, two recent concertos will get their first performances in Finland in October.

The premieres start with Concerto for Orchestra by Jukka Tiensuu, as the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates its 125 year anniversary on October 4 in Helsinki.

Jyväskylä Sinfonia will premiere a new piano concerto by Kai Nieminen on October 10, and a concerto for accordion and wind orchestra by Markus Fagerudd will be performed in Vaasa on October 18. Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra will premiere the Concerto for Viola, Clarinet and Orchestra by Aulis Sallinen on October 31. Kalevi Aho's Clarinet Concerto (Sinfonia Lahti), as well as a horn concerto 'Viima, Vitka ja Vimma' by Uljas Pulkkis (Oulu Sinfonia), will be heard for the first time in Finland in October.

On October 11, Kuopio Symphony Orchestra and baritone Juha Kotilainen will premiere 'Amor Vivus', an erotic song cycle by Timo-Juhani Kyllönen in Kuopio. Two days later, on October 13, Pehr Henrik Nordgren's song cycle to poems by Edith Södergran will be premiered in Kokkola by Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and mezzo soprano Monica Groop.

In addition to the concertos, four other orchestral works will get their premieres during October. 'Speak, memory' by Aki Yli-Salomäki, commissioned by Kymi Sinfonietta, will be premiered in Kotka on October 18. Oulu Sinfonia will premiere 'Cinematic Characters II' by Jouko Tötterström, whereas the Chamber Orchestra of Lapland will perform a new work by Jukka Koskinen. A work by Olli Koskelin for four dancers and eleven musicians will be premiered by Seinäjoki City Orchestra.

The season of orchestral premieres will continue in November with two prominent events. The Second Symphony by Harri Vuori will get its first performance in Hyvinkää on November 18, and a full concert of new works by Kalevi Aho will be heard in Rovaniemi on November 27.