Turku Music Festival 2017 ticket sales has begun! Mysticism is in the focus: a broad colour palette is featured in intimate chamber music recitals and in orchestral concerts, where the spectrum ranges from Baroque gems to very recent creations, specially those of Nordic women composers. TMF2017 mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and the centenary of Finland’s independence.
Following a string of successful débuts at the world’s leading opera houses, Sonya Yoncheva has quickly established herself as one of the most internationally sought-after sopranos. This is Sonya Yoncheva’s first appearance in Finland, and she comes to Turku directly from the Salzburg Festival.
Lisa Batiashvili is one of the most charming violinists of our time and well remembered by Finnish audiences from her appearance at the International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition in 1995, which launched her worldwide career. The visit of the Estonian Festival Orchestra is the result of the Festival’s efforts to promote cultural exchange between Finland and Estonia.
Ancient Byzantean tunes fill various houses of worship in Turku, specially sought out as concert venues for this year’s festival. In August 13th, Vocal Ensemble Psaltikon brings the listener along on the journey of eastern Christianity from its principal centre, Constantinople, queen of cities, towards the lands of the eastern Slavs.
The Stockholm Syndrome Ensemble feature a selection of works where the composers explore cosmic connections and transcendence. The performance is accompanied by a video installation designed by American artist Joanne Grüne-Yanoff for this programme in the Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art.
The next collaboration between the Turku Music Festival and the Turku Philharmonic Orchestra is the world premiere of the opera Die Kalewainen in Pochjola by Karl Müller-Berghaus at Logomo on 28 February 2017. This production forms part of the official programme for celebrating the centenary of Finland’s independence. The cast of the opera has changed due to scheduling conflicts: Swedish soprano Susanna Andersson will be replaced in the role of Ismo by one of Finland’s leading sopranos, Kaisa Ranta.