News

Spring 2015

February: Finnish composer Erkki Melartin (1875-1937) wrote 6 symphonies, over 400 piano pieces and around 300 solo songs, of which around 80 in Swedish. Very few of these songs have been recorded and therefore the Erkki Melartin Society has commissioned a CD with 22 of his Swedish songs. The recording sessions will begin in February with Ilmo Ranta, piano and Jan Söderblom, violin and myself. 

March: Tribute to the Finnish Soprano Emma Engdahl (1852-1930), who had an international career and many admirers, among them Franz Liszt . She excelled in roles such as Adina (Elisir d'Amore), Violetta (La Traviata) and even Elsa (Lohengrin), but also as an interpreter of Lieder. Ulla Grönvall-Streng tells about her life and reads from her letters (in Swedish) and Hedvig and Folke Gräsbeck, piano performs a variety of songs and arias from her repertoire (Schumann, Pacius, Merikanto, Bizet, Rossini, Verdi and Wagner).

4 th March The Sibelius Museum, Turku 

13th March Schauman Hall, Pietarsaari

16th March G-18 Concert Hall, Yrjönkatu 18, Helsinki

International Sibelius Tour

21st April 6 pm Nasjonalbiblioteket, Henrik Ibsens gate 110, Oslo

8th May 1 pm The Felicja Blumental International Music Festival, Tel Aviv

11th May 5 pm Crown Hall, Jerusalem

1st July 7.30 pm MCS Arts Festival, Oxford

Songs and piano pieces by Jean Sibelius with Hedvig and Folke Gräsbeck, piano / Juho Alakärppä, piano

Previous engagements:  Autumn 2014:

31st August at 7 pm: Stadin sävelet- Goodwill concert, Helsinki Old Church

3rd September at 7 pm: Sibelius songs and arias from The Hunt of King Charles by Pacius, Kymi Sinfonietta, Conductor Tuomas Hannikainen, Kotka Concert Hall

4th September at 7 pm: Sibelius songs and arias from The Hunt of King Charles by Pacius, Kymi Sinfonietta, Conductor Tuomas Hannikainen, Kuusankoski Hall

28th September at 6 pm: Larsson: Förklädd Gud and Mozart: Laudate Dominum with Kauniaisten Kamarikuoro GÖR and Kauniaisten orkesteri, Olari Church, Espoo

14th October at 7 pm: Tribute to the Soprano Emma Engdahl (1852-1930), songs and arias from her repertoire. Piano: Folke Gräsbeck, recitation: Ulla Grönvall-Streng, G-18 Concert Hall, Helsinki Postponed to 16th March 2015

28th October at 7 pm: Rangström: Den mörka blomman, Wegelius String Orchestra, orchestrated and conducted by Tomas Djupsjöbacka, G-18 Concert Hall, Helsinki

6th November at 7 pm: Vivaldi: Gloria, Bach cantata 69, conductor Riitta Laine, The German Church, Helsinki

13th November at 7 pm: Love-Death-Abandonment: Songs and Works by Sibelius, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra and Taite- productions, conductor Tuomas Hannikainen, Porvoo Art Factory

30th November at 6 pm: Larsson: Förklädd Gud and Mozart: Laudate Dominum with Kauniaisten Kamarikuoro GÖR and Kauniaisten orkesteri, Uusi Paviljonki, Kauniainen

6th December at 2 pm: Independence Day Concert, Temppeliaukio Church, Helsinki

8th December at 6 pm: Love-Death-Abandonment: Songs and Works by Sibelius, Avanti! Chamber Orchestra and Taite- productions, conductor Tuomas Hannikainen, Ateneum Art Museum Helsinki

15th December at 7 pm: Bach: Christmas Oratorio parts I-III, Cantores Minores, Lohja City Orchestra, conductor Hannu Norjanen, alto Maria Kettunen, tenor Tom Nyman, bass Juha Kotilainen, Lohja Church

18th December at 7 pm: Bach: Christmas Oratorio parts I-III, Cantores Minores, Lohja City Orchestra, conductor Hannu Norjanen, alto Maria Kettunen, tenor Tom Nyman, bass Juha Kotilainen, Porvoo Art Factory

19th December at 7 pm: Bach: Christmas Oratorio parts I-III, Cantores Minores, Lohja City Orchestra, conductor Hannu Norjanen, alto Maria Kettunen, tenor Tom Nyman, bass Juha Kotilainen, Helsinki Cathedral