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January 2016

Festium Oy

Festium Artist’s Management will take a creative pause starting on 1.1.2016.

Festium Artist’s Management 1974-2015 will express its sincere gratitude towards all the artists, co-partners and wonderful audiences during the past four decades.

Virpi Salomaa
Managing Director

Happy New Year 2016

Soprano Johanna Rusanen-Kartano as a dazzling soloist @

30th December 2015, Hyvinkää hall
31st December 2015, Hyvinkää hall

Hyvinkää City Orchestra
cond. Tuomas Pirilä

With these two concerts Festium Oy wish you all a Happy New Year 2016.

June 2015

Jyväskylä Festival

The Opening Concert on Tuesday 7 July 2015 at 6pm Korpilahti Church:
Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, soprano
Ville Matvejeff, conductor

Jean Sibelius: Swanwhite
Aulis Sallinen: Four Dream Songs
Richard Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder
Richard Wagner: Overture and Liebestod to the Tristan and Isolde

Organ Night and Aria Festival in Espoo

Organ Night and Aria Festival (“Urkuyö ja aaria”) in Espoo 4.6. – 27.8.2015 will celebrate its 30th Anniversary.

Some highlights of the dazzling Anniversary programme at the Espoo Church @ 10 pm: 

Thu 11 June 2015, “Rakastava kesäyössä”, Johanna Rusanen-Kartano & Lohja City Orchestra
Thu 25 June 2015, “Sibelius ja suviyö”, Helena Juntunen & Ville Urponen & Aale Lindgren
Thu 2 July 2015, “Tuhlaajapojan yöllinen vaellus”, Ilona Jokinen & Ville Salonen & Juha Kotilainen & Ilpo Laspas
Thu 16 July 2015,  “Suviyön suuri valo”, Tommi Hakala & Kristian Attila & Eero Annala
Thu 30 July 2015, “Kesäyön enkeleitä ja vartijoita”, Mari Palo & Guardia Nueva
Thu 6 August 2015, Attn! 9 pm “Kirkastettu yö”, Lilli Paasikivi & The Finnish National Opera Orchestra

Iitti Music Festival

Iitti Music Festival June 10 – 13, 2015

Live Yle Radio 1 broadcasting from the Opening Concert from Iitti Church on Thursday 11 June, 2015:

J. Sibelius (1865–1957):
Skogsrået (The Wood Nymph) Op. 15
Malinconia for Cello and Piano Op. 20

H. Goebbels (1952–):
Surrogate (1994), Text by Hugo Hamilton
Version for Piano, Percussion and Speaker (2014), Premiere


F. Schubert (1797–1828):
Piano Quintet in A major D 667 Op. 114, “Trout”

Andres Mustonen & Florin Szigeti, violin; Vladimir Mendelssohn & Katariina Ruokonen, viola; Jakob Kullberg, cello; Petri Mäkiharju, double bass; Pauliina Koskela & Maria Luhtanen, French horn; Kazutaka Morita, percussion; Laura Mikkola & Kristian Attila , piano; Hannu-Pekka Björkman, speaker.

Listen the concert
Yle Radio 1, Outi Paananen

Artistic Director of the Iitti Music Festival is pianist Laura Mikkola

May 2015

Naantali Music Festival

A summer celebration of Jean Sibelius and Aulis Sallinen with leading artists at Naantali Music Festival:

Saturday 6, June 2015 at 4 pm
Kultaranta Garden concert

Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Okko Kamu, conductor
Helena Juntunen, soprano
Michel Lethiec, clarinet
Radovan Latkovic, horn

Naantali Music Festival has exclusive permission to hold concerts in the garden of Kultaranta, the summer residence of the President of Finland, and a unique Concert in the Park has been arranged during every presidential term since the 1980s. The concert on Saturday 6 June with the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Okko Kamu will commence with the concluding Alla marcia movement from Sibelius’ famous Karelia Suite and end with his grandiose Finlandia.

Naantali Music Festival will honour milestone birthdays of Jean Sibelius and Aulis Sallinen with an unprecedented range of works by both of these Finnish composing giants over a 12-day festival period from 2 to 13 June 2015.

Grande Finale

“Grande Finale”

Tursday 21, May 2015
Finlandia Hall

Senior Bandmaster Elias Seppälä
Helena Juntunen, soprano
Arne Pelkonen, baritone
The Polytech Choir
Lapland Military Band

After a prominent career as someone who has done a great deal for woodwind music and military music, Senior Bandmaster Elias Seppälä is retiring. This will be his farewell concert and includes musicians from many different bands performing symphonic woodwind music together. Bands represented include the Lapland Military Band, the Guards Band as well as the Polytechnic Choir and opera soloists. The programme of the evening includes works by Auli Sallinen, Leevi Madetoja, Toivo Kuulas, Rodio Shchedrin and Peter Tchaikovsky.

Read more: Guards Band

April 2015

May Day Concert @ Tampere

Tampere Filharmony
1.5.2015 at 3 pm, Tampere hall, main auditorium
Tiina Vahevaara, soprano
Giancarlo Rizzi, conductor

May Day Concert @ Kuopio

Kuopio Symphony Orchestra:
1.5.2015 at 1 pm, May Day Brunch at Valohalli
1.5.2015 at 3 pm, May Day Concert at concert hall

Petri Bäckström, tenor
Atso Almila, conductor


More info in Finnish: Vappu @ Musiikkikeskus


March 2015

Spring is coming soon

Wed 29.4.2015 at 19 Jyväskylä City Theatre
Jyväskylä Sinfonia
Moshe Atzmon, conductor
Laura Mikkola, piano

Béla Bartók: Divertimento
Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto for Piano No. 4
Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 95

Read more in Finnish