Top Nordic orchestras to visit Helsinki this summer
At the end of August, a cavalcade of Nordic symphony orchestras will perform in Helsinki - most likely at the Helsinki Festival 2007.
The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra has already confirmed to Helsingin Sanomat that it will have a concert at Finlandia Hall on August 29th. Herbert Blomstedt will conduct the concert, with pianist Antti Siirala performing as a soloist. The programme will include Johannes Brahms' First Piano Concerto and his First Symphony.
Another top Nordic orchestra, the Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra with its new musical director Jukka-Pekka Saraste, will visit Helsinki around the same time.
Saraste confirms the visit, saying that their purpose is to give a concert at the Baltic Sea Festival in Stockholm on August 25th, and then continue the tour to Tallinn and Helsinki.
According to the information received by Helsingin Sanomat, the visits of the two Swedish and Norwegian orchestras are supposed to be part of both the Baltic Sea Festival and the Helsinki Festival.
However, the Helsinki Festival press office does not confirm the information as yet. It will publish its entire programme at the end of April.
Instead, the performances of Kaija Saariaho's oratorio La Passion de Simone have been confirmed and scheduled for August 17th and 18th. The soloist will be Pia Freund, with Esa-Pekka Salonen conducting the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Tapiola Chamber Choir. The director will be Peter Sellars.
Even Saariaho's oratorio will first be performed at the Baltic Sea Festival, which will gather the top Nordic orchestras first to Stockholm. From there they move on to perform eventually at the Helsinki Festival at the end of August.
Finnish Music Information Centre