Summer Sounds Programme 2019

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Wednesday 26.6.2019

King Henry VIII meets Emperor Jiajing

Time: Wednesday 26.6.2019 at 19.00
Place: Pernå Church

Wu Wei, sheng
Jukka Rautasalo, conductor and descant viola da gamba
Anthony Marini, tenor viola da gamba
Maija Lampela, bass viola da gamba
Anna Rinta-Rahko, violone
Taavi Oramo, tenor

Berlin-based sheng artist Wu Wei is one of the international guests of the Summer sounds. Sheng (mouth-organ) is an ancient woodwind instrument known and played especially in China and Japan. More modern instruments like the accordion and harmonica are related to this instrument. Wu Wei will perform sheng music from China at the Pernå Church. The Avanti! viola da gamba ensemble together with tenor Taavi Oramo will perform songs from the 16th and 17th century Europe composed by, among others, the king Henry VIII, Henry Purcell, Matthew Locke and Ludwig Senfl.

Tickets: 32€/ 27€/ 16€ + service fee

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Thursday 27.6.2019

Opening Fanfare

Time: Thursday 27.6.2019, 13.00 and 18.40 (free entrance)
Place: Art Factory lobby, please note the new location and two performances!

The traditional Summer Sounds opening fanfare will open this year’s festival at 13.00 and at 18.40 at the Art Factory lobby. The composer of this year’s fanfare is Tomi Räisänen.

Tomi Räisänen: Fanfare

Afternoon with Valle Rosenberg

Time: Thursday 27.6.2019 at appr. 13.15 after the Opening Fanfare
Place: Porvoo Old Town Hall

Eriikka Maalismaa (violin), Riitta-Liisa Ristiluoma (viola) and Mikko Ivars (cello)

The Summer Sounds concert series will start with Avanti! string trio concert at the Old Town Hall where painting from the young expressionist Valle Rosenberg (1891-1919) will be combined with music from his contemporaries.

Erkki Melartin: String trio op 133 (Andante, Andante funebre, Presto, Finale)
Anton Webern: Satz für Streichtrio (Ruhig fließend) op. Post
Jean Cras: String trio (lent, animé, très animé)

Tickets: 32€/ 27€/ 16€ + service fee

Opening concert: Drakar och danser

Time: Thursday 27.6.2019 at 19.00
Place: Avanti Hall, Art Factory

Baldur Brönnimann, conductor
Wu Wei, sheng
Avanti! Chamber Orchestra

The star of the opening Avanti Hall concert for Summer Sounds is Wu Wei and his instrument sheng. The Finnish premiere of Teoton by Jukka Tiensuu will take place the same evening at the Art Factory. The programme consists of music seen through Baroque lenses. Arrangements by Johanness Schöllhorn provide a playful angle to the music of J.S. Bach.

Johannes Schöllhorn: Anamorphoses (Contrapunctus 10 a 4 alla Decima – Contrapunctus 6 a 4 in Stylo Francese – Contrapunctus 9 a 4 alla Duodecima)

Frank Martin: Petite Symphonie Concertante (Adagio -Allegro con moto – Adagio – Allegretto alla marcia)

Emil Holmström, piano
Matias Häkkinen, harpsichord
Päivi Severeide, harp

Johannes Schöllhorn: Anamorphoses (Canon in hypodiapason (Canon alla ottava)
Canon per augmentationem in contrario motu 3)

Jukka Tiensuu: Teoton, concerto for sheng (Fever, Adrift, Game, Bliss)

Tickets: 40€/ 32€/ 20€ + service fee

Avanti! Lounge with Wu Wei and electronic artist Tuomas Norvio

Time: Thursday 27.6.2019 at 20.45 or when the concert at the Avanti Hall ends (free entrance)
Place: Avanti Hall Foyer, Art Factory

Wu Wei, sheng
Tuomas Norvio, electronics

The opening concert of the Summer Sounds will continue in the Art Factory Foyer, as after the concert the guests can enjoy improvisation by sound engineer and electronic artist Tuomas Norvio and Wu Wei. The festival bus back to Helsinki will leave approximately at 21.45 or 15 minutes after the end of the concert.

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Friday 28.6.2019

Shopping Angels

Time: Friday 28.6.2019 at 12.00
Place: Borgå Gymnasium

Baldur Brönnimann, conductor
Piia Komsi, soprano and cello
Chamber Orchestra Avanti!

La Ronde by Vinko Globokar is a piece based on improvisation where musicians end up in a circle of social and musical problems. The performers cannot know how the work starts not to mention how it will end.

Cellist and soprano coloratura Piia Komsi will perform Sky shopping – Homage to Brahms by Yugoslavian-born Jovanka Trbojevic. In this breath-taking piece, the soloist will simultaneously perform the soprano and cello part.

Djuro Zivkovich is an internationally reclaimed composer whose music is not yet widely played in Finland. With the piece On the Guarding of the Heart, he received the significant Grawemeyer award in 2013.

All the composers of this concert are from former Yugoslavia.


Vinko Globokar: La Ronde
Jovanka Trbojevic: Sky Shopping ‒ Homage to Brahms
Djuro Zivkovic: On the Guarding of the Heart

Tickets: 27€/ 22€/ 14€ + service fee

Composers’ workshop: Visual music

Time: Friday 28.6.2019 at 16.00 (free entrance)
Place: Factory Hall, Art Factory

József Hárs, conductor
Chamber Orchestra Avanti!

As a part of the Summer Sounds festival, a young composers’ workshop will be organised at the Factory Hall. The students have created compositions to old avant-garde short films under the direction of masters Jukka Tiensuu and Tomi Räisänen.

Strange Strings

Time: Friday 28.6.2019 at 19.00
Place: Avanti Hall, Art Factory

Baldur Brönnimann, conductor
Jennifer Koh, violin
Chamber Orchestra Avanti!

Festival Friday will end with American violinist Jennifer Koh who will perform the well-known violin concerto by György Ligeti together with conductor Baldur Brönnimann at the Avanti Hall. Also, the Chamber Symphony for 23 Solo Instruments by Franz Schreker will present its exotic, abundant and glimmering sound texture.

Richard Strauss: Introduction to ”Capriccio”
György Ligeti: Violin concerto
Franz Schreker: Chamber Symphony for 23 Solo Instruments (Langsam, schwebend – Allegro vivace – Adagio – Scherzo. Allegro vivace – Ziemlich bewegt – Langsam, schwebend)

Tickets: 40€/ 32€/ 20€ + service fee

Avanti! Lounge with Jennifer Koh

Time: Friday 28.6.2019 at 20.30 or when the concert at the Avanti Hall ends (free entrance)
Place: Avanti Hall Foyer, Art Factory

Jennifer Koh, violin

Late-night music with violinist Jennifer Koh can be enjoyed after the previous concert. Koh will perform Missy Mazzoli’s Kinski Paganini and other solo works commissioned by her. The festival bus to Helsinki will leave approximately at 21.30 or 15 minutes after the end of the concert.

Programme: Missy Mazzoli: Kinski Paganini and other pieces for solo violin commissioned by Jennifer Koh
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Saturday 29.6.2019

Maija Kauhanen – Raivopyörä

Time: Saturday 29.6.2019 at 13.00 (free entrance)
Place: Kappalaisen talo

Maija Kauhanen, kantele, vocals, percussions

Saturday afternoon starts with folk artist and multi-instrumentalist Maija Kauhanen at the backyard of Kappalaisen talo in old city. A powerfully expressive voice, heart-breaking stories, deep-rooted kantele and grooving percussion create hypnotic melodies and a unique soundscapes by one musician.

Afternoon with violinist Jennifer Koh

Time: Saturday 29.6.2019 at 14.00-16.00 (free entrance)
Place: Cafés and restaurants in the Porvoo city center

Jennifer Koh, violin

Violinist Jennifer Koh plays intimate miniconcerts at the cafés and restaurants of Porvoo city center. Experience the magnificient art by a world-class violinist from close. Times and locations:

14.00‒14.20 Zum Beispiel (Rihkamakatu 2, Porvoo)

15.00‒15.20 Café Cabriole (Piispankatu 30, Porvoo)

15.30‒15.50 Bistro Gustaf (Mannerheiminkatu 9, Porvoo)

NB! The mini-concert in KeaKafe at 14.30 has been cancelled!

Humppavanti! freaks out Matti Salminen & M.A. Numminen

Time: Saturday 29.6.2019 at 19.00
Place: Avanti Hall, Art Factory

Join us at the Avanti Hall on Saturday as the Humppavanti! takes the stage with Matti Salminen and M.A. Numminen. The bar is open and even a dance floor is set! Anything and everything is humppa. Humppa has always been and will always stay. Humppa is eternal. For Humppavanti! nothing is sacred, not even humppa. Humppa knows no limits. It’s not a style or a genre. It’s an attitude.

Tickets: 40€/ 32€/ 20€ + service fee

The festival bus back to Helsinki will leave approximately at 21.15 or 15 minutes after the end of the concert.

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Sunday 30.6.2019

Children’s concert: Touch the music (in Finnish)

Time: Sunday 30.6.2019 at 13.00
Place: Factory Hall, Art Factory
Avanti! musicians

On Sunday, music pedagogue and audience outreach professional Tuula Jukola-Nuorteva and glass artist and art teacher Liisa Ikävalko have created a concert for children where the music will come so close it can even be touched.

Tickets: 15€ per person or 50€ for family ticket (4 persons) + service fee

Summer Sounds final concert: Dancing with Ludwig

Time: Sunday 30.6.2019 at 18.00
Place: Avanti Hall, Art Factory

Baldur Brönnimann, conductor
Chamber Orchestra Avanti!

When composer Brett Dean was reading the famous Heiligenstadt Testament written by Beethoven, he was struck by a haunting sonic idea that was the sound of Ludwig’s imagined quill writing manically on leaves of parchment paper. Based on this vision, Dean created the piece that was titled Testament. The composition is the second piece by Dean inspired by Beethoven. The folkloristic piece Concert Romanesc by György Ligeti will culminate the folk theme for this year’s Summer Sounds 2019. Ludwig van Beethoven’s third symphony ”Eroica” will be the grand finale for the festival.

Brett Dean: Testament
György Ligeti: Concert Românesc (Andantino – Allegro vivace – Adagio ma non troppo – Molto vivace)


Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony nro 3, op. 55 ”Eroica” (Allegro con brio – Marcia funebre: Adagio assai – Scherzo: Allegro vivace – Trio – Finale: Allegro molto)

Please note that the concert will end with the Beethoven’s Symphony number 3 ”Eroica”, not number six as announced earlier!

Tickets: 40€/ 32€/ 20€ + service fee

The festival bus to Helsinki will leave approximately at 20.30 or 15 minutes after the end of the concert.