I will give a guest lecture about my children operas to the students of the teacher program at the University of Helsinki.
My piece Piano Delirium from 2009 will be performed by Reetamaria Rajala at the annual Connect Festival in Malmö.
My first string quartet Via Crucis will be performed by the Felis Quartet at the wonderful modern wooden church of Koukkala in Jyväskylä. Free entry, program 10/5€.
My first string quartet Via Crucis will get its most northern performance by musicians from the Lapland Chamber Orchestra at Hetan Musiikkipäivät.
More info coming soon!
My first Piano Quintet Minna will be performed by TampereRaw in Helsinki in Helsinki Music Centre. Kaarina Hazard will lead us through the concert with texts about the life of Minna Canth. Link to tickets for 21/14,50/8€. The Facebook event can be found here.
A panel discussion (in Finnish) about equality in music will take place before the concert in the Lower Foyer at 2 PM. Invited guests are journalist Wilhelm Kvist, composer Minna Leinonen, violinist Eriikka Maalismaa, Tampere Philharmonic’s general manager Juha Ahonen and yours truly. A link to more info about the panel discussion can be found here.
The school opera Djurens planet, commissioned by the Finnish National Opera and composed by Cecilia Damström to the libretto by Monica Vikström-Jokela, got it’s world premiere in March 2019 and is touring autumn 2019 around Finland.
Music: Cecilia Damström
Libretto and original story: Monica Vikström-Jokela
Director: Martina Roos
Costume design: Anna Kontek
Lights: Vesa Pohjolainen
Joy, mezzo soprano: Elli Vallinoja / Katariina Heikkilä
Jack, soprano: Hedvig Paulig / Saara Kiiveri
Tin, Dragon, Businessman, baritone: Tiitus Ylipää / Riku Pelo
Keyboard/conductor: Tuomas Juutilainen / Martin Segerstråle
Electric guitar: Taavi Kiviranta / Otto Kentala
Children choir: see timetable below
29.10 at 6 PM, Children from Granhultsskola, at Almi Hall, The Finnish National Opera
30.10 at 6 PM, Children from Rudolf Steinerskolan i Helsingfors, at Almi Hall, The Finnish National Opera
31.10 at 6 PM, Children from Mårtendalsskola, at Almi Hall, The Finnish National Opera
1.11 at 6 PM, Children from Grännässkolan, at Almi Hall, The Finnish National Opera
4.11 at 6 PM, Children from Hyvinge svenska skola, at Almi Hall, The Finnish National Opera
5.11 at 6 PM, Children from Boxby skola, at Almi Hall, The Finnish National Opera
7.11 at 6 PM, Children from Mikaelsskolan, at Mikaelskolan, Ekenäs
12.11 at 6 PM, Children from Oulun normaalikoulu, at Oulun normaalikoulu, Koskela
14.11 at 6 PM, Children from Haapaniemenkoulu, at Haapaniemenkoulu, Viitasaari
19.11 at 6 PM, Children from Svenska samskolan i Tammerfors, at Svenska samskolan i Tammerfors, Tampere
21.11 at 6 PM, Children from Vatialan koulu, at Kangasala-talo, Kangasala
26.11 at 6 PM, Children from Björneborgs svenska samskola, at Björneborgs svenska samskola, Pori
28.11 at 6 PM, Children from Kristinestads skola, at Kristinestad
My first Piano Quintet Minna will be performed for the first time in Helsinki in the wonderful Temppeliaukio Church. It will be performed by Tiina Karakorpi piano, Linda Suolahti and Anna Husgafvel on violin, Riitta-Liisa Ristiluoma on viola and Markus Hohti on cello. The concert will also include a wonderful text about equality by senior lecturer Susanna Välimäki. Entrance is for free, program 15€. The Facebook event can be found here.
Vickan & Väinö is a bilingual (Swedish and Finnish) fairytale opera for children to the libretto and original story of Marina Motaleff. Cast: Hedvig Paulig soprano, Ville Salonen tenor, Markus Nieminen baritone and Janne Valkeajoki accordion. Commissioned and produced by Opera BOX.