Avanti! visits Sodankylä Midnight Sun Film Festival 16.6.2017

As our annual Friday silent film, the renowned

Avanti! chamber orchestra, led by world famous Canadian conductor Gabriel Thibaudeau, present Thibaudeau’s new composition of Rupert Julian classic The Phantom of the Opera (1925) at the Sodankylä Midnight Sun Film Festival on Friday June 16th. Lon Chaney, the man with a thousand faces, haunts the Paris Opera House as the deformed Phantom. As a rare treat, opera singer Reetta Haavisto performs the soprano solo.

Read more from MSFF web site.

Buy tickets 25 €


Sat May 27th 2017 at 7 pm
Musiikkitalo, concert hall

Olari Elts, conductor
Karita Mattila, soprano

Karita Mattila was catapulted to international attention when she won the singing contest Cardiff Singer of the World in 1983. As chance would have it, Avanti! was founded the same year, and the paths of these two veritable phenomena of Finnish music have crossed later, too. In May, Mattila and Avanti! conducted by Olari Elts join forces in an end-of-season concert that will also see the premiere of a new orchestral work by composer Lauri Kilpiö. The piece has been commissioned by Pro Musica Foundation, which also supports the concert.

“The driving sonic forces of my upcoming orchestral piece are mostly timbres and textures, some of which are formed by noises of an indefinite pitch. Irrespective of this, my piece is not sound art but motive-driven music. What this means is that it is composed of a limited amount of musical entities that recur, develop, change and become juxtaposed in the course of the piece. Equally important to me is that my music has long arcs, intensity and moments of climax. All these are basically symphonic qualities. Indeed, one could say that I aim at composing music that is symphonic in nature but without melodic themes.

Is my piece, then, a symphony? I do not know yet; we shall have to wait and see. But does this question even matter that much?” – Lauri Kilpiö.

The pieces to be performed by Mattila portrait the feelings of love and longing in the lightness of spring. French composer Henri Duparc’s songs are filled with elegant saudade and sensuality. The damsel in Jean Sibelius’s song ‘Flickan kom ifrån sin älsklings möte’ falls victim to an infidel lover. In Rydberg’s ‘På verandan vid havet’ the pregnant silence expresses omnipresent longing, whereas in ’Våren flyktar hastigt’ by Runeberg the mere memory of spring encourages to love. Contentment of the heart, then again, shines through Robert Schumann’s symphony “Spring”: for the that time newly-wedded composer the season is swarming with signs of romance.


NOTE: The concert program has changed. The information is updated on Jan 23th 2017.


Lauri Kilpiö: new work

Henri Duparc:
L’invitation au voyage (Charles Baudelaire)
Chanson triste (Jean Lahore)
Phidylé (Leconte de Lisle)

Jean Sibelius:
På verandan vid havet op. 38/2 (Viktor Rydberg)
Flickan kom från sin älsklings mote op. 37/5 (Johan Ludvig Runeberg)
Våren flyktar hastigt op. 13/4 (Johan Ludvig Runeberg)

Robert Schumann: Symphony no 1 B flat major “Spring” Op. 38
Andante un poco maestoso – Allegro molto vivace
Scherzo (Molto vivace)
Allegro animato e grazioso


The concert is produced with the support of Pro Musica Foundation.


Tickets 59,00 – 22,50 € from www.ticketmaster.fi or 55 – 20 € from Musiikkitalo’s ticket office

Taite ry & Avanti!: Neijonnälkä 29.9.–1.10.2017

Fantastic music and powerful operatic narrative!
The opera company Taite ry and Avanti! Chamber Orchestra will perform two operas by Väinö Raitio in the stage of Almi Hall: Väinämöisen kosinta (Väinämöinen’s wooing) will be orchestrated for the first time ever, while Lyydian kuningas (The King of Lydia) is a rarely seen gem of Finnish opera. The performance will also include extracts from Raitio’s incidental music to the play Asaria. This is an evening of memorable combination of fantastic music and imposing drama.


Annami Hylkilä, soprano
Juha Hostikka, baritone
Markus Nieminen, baritone
Ilkka Hämäläinen, tenor
Anu Hostikka, soprano
Tanja Kauppinen-Savijoki, soprano
Riikka Rantanen, mezzo-soprano

Performances at the Finnish National Opera Alminsali:
Fri Sept 29th 2017 at 6 pm, premier Buy tickets
Sat Sept 30th 2017 at 6 pm Buy tickets
Sun Oct 1st 2017 at 3 pm Buy tickets
Duration approx. 1 h 15 mins, no intermission

Ticket prices, including the service fees:
Normal 36 € / pensioners 32 € / unemployed and students 18 €
Buy tickets here

Music: Väinö Raitio
Sets and costumes: Mark Väisänen
Text: Eino Leino
Conductor: Tuomas Hannikainen
Director: Johanna Freundlich

RITE 14.3.2017

Tue March 14th 2017 at 7 pm
Porvoo Cathedral

Lauri Ahokas, conductor
Juho Laitinen, electronic cello

Rite returns! This time, Avanti! takes the much-lauded concert phenomenon to the atmospheric Porvoo Cathedral. Rite brings together old and new music and takes advantage of the solemn space and peculiar acoustics of the church milieu. The concert will culminate in concerto “Tarinaoopperabaletti” (Story Opera Ballet) for electronic cello, composed by Jukka Tiensuu for cellist Juho Laitinen.

Of well-known baroque-era names, the programme includes Henry Purcell’s ‘The Queen’s Funeral March’ and Marin Marais’s piece “Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont de Paris”, which the audience will know from the biopic All the Mornings of the World.

The title “rite” does not only refer to and describe the programme but the form of the whole concert, as well. From to the flamboyance of baroque and its well-known pearls, the concert takes us to futuristic atmospheres of the 1900s, along with a number of rarely performed pieces from the 1950s. Capping off the concert will be Jukka Tiensuu’s concerto for electronic cello, premiered last spring.

Everything one needs in life one finds in the embrace of music.
Just the thing for cradle, for funeral, for resurrection.
Excitement, reassurance, jubilation, acquiescence.
Electrifying cellos, glorious trumpets. Dance and sighs and the thunder of bells.
Ancient and brand new – all in sweet symbiosis.
(Jukka Tiensuu)


Giacinto Scelsi: Quattro pezzi per tromba sola I
Henry Purcell: The Queen’s Funeral March
Pierre Henry: Variations pour une porte et un soupir: 4. Eveil
Jukka Tiensuu: Kalaasi
Pierre Henry: Variations pour une porte et un soupir: 8. Comptine
Henry Purcell: Pavane & Chacony
Otto Luening: Low Speed
Giacinto Scelsi: Quattro pezzi per tromba sola II
Marin Marais: Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont de Paris
Jukka Tiensuu: Concerto for electronic cello and ensemble


The concert is part of Taidetehtaan Klassikot concert series.
Single tickets 27,50 € or Taidetehtaan Klassikot season ticket 78,50 € from www.lippu.fi


Musica Nova: In the spirit of Ligeti 12.2.2017

Sun Feb 12th 2017 at 2 pm
Musiikkitalo, Paavo-hall

Clement Power, conductor

In the Spirit of Ligeti closes the festival Musica Nova, delving into the pervasive Ligetian influence in the works of his son and major students.  Avanti! will be conducted by British Clement Power.

Lukas Ligeti’s piece ‘Curtain’ marries European modernism and African rhythms. Inspired by visual arts, the piece applies the technique of layering to music in a way that justifies comparisons to animation artist William Kentdrige. Ligeti paints on the melodic and harmonic canvas provided by the string quartet, creating an intriguing tension between the quartet and the larger ensemble.

“Thall” (“mask” in Korean), the last part of Unsuk Chin’s cosmigimmicks, is a tribute to György Ligeti. In the centre of this musical pantomime is the guitar. Using only of a few repetitive microtones, the guitar plays a pseudo melody that changes according to the harmonies of other instruments – just like the expression on a mime artist’s face.

Benedict Mason, another important student of Ligeti’s, too, nods to his mentor in his piece “Hinterstoissener traverse”. By restricting itself to the use of only one note, g, this extremely minimalistic piece manages to direct its attention fully to the exploration of rhythm and dynamic.

The concert is a part of Finland’s largest-scale contemporary music festival Musica Nova Helsinki. In 2017, conductor André de Ridder acts as the Artistic Director of the festival.



Benedict Mason: Hinterstoissener traverse (1986)

Unsuk Chin:  cosmigimmicks (2012)
1. Shadow Play
2. Quad
3. Thall

Lukas Ligeti:  Curtain (2015)

Duration 1h.


Tickets 28,00 / 17,50 € from www.ticketmaster.fi  or 25 / 15 € from Musiikkitalo’s ticket office.



KLANG: Play on! 9.12.2016

Fri 9.12.2016 at 7:30 pm
Helsinki Music Centre, Sonore-hall

Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor

Klang 2016 sees Avanti premiere pieces by the composition students of the Sibelius Academy.
The programme consists of three pairs of compositions, each penned by two aspiring writers. While facing the challenge of overall coherence and ensuring that their piece is in unison with that of their pair’s, the composers have also a unique chance to explore the range of instrumentation possibilities that the large ensemble opens up. For seamless, vignette-like transitions, they will have to enter into a dialogue and have the readiness to meet each other halfway. Where does one’s identity begin and end, or can two become one?

Mioko YokoyamaWalter Sallinen: new work
Saara LindahlDante Thelestam: new work
Jaime BelmonteAleksejs Pegusevs: new work

Tickets 17,50 / 11,50 / 6,50 € from Ticketmaster or 15 / 10 / 5 € from the Music Centre’s ticket sales.



Raise your glass to the viol 31.10.2016

Mon 31.10.2016 at 7 pm
Club G LIVELAB (Pieni Roobertinkatu 16, Helsinki)

Jukka Rautasalo, leader and viol
Tuuli Lindeberg, soprano
Anthony Marini, violin and tenor viol
Ilkka Heinonen, jouhikko and violone
Matias Häkkinen, harpsichord and pump organ

In a public house, one may find oneself in the company of rowdy sailors and coquettish harlots. If you wish to avoid trouble, it is best to stay out of the way of drunken soldiers and hot-headed brawlers. Of course, one must be watchful of pickpockets, beggars and tricksters, too.
Respected musicians held different sorts of soirées in urban taverns. Playing host to a new sort of entertainment – the public concert – such as The Mitre Inn in London and Zimmermann’s Coffee House in Leipzig were zones free from the influence of the clergy and the court.
This was life in the 17th century, the golden age of the viol.
In October, we will take our viols to the familiar scene of their ancestors: the pub. Where we go from there – let that be determined by the clientele and the atmosphere!

Tickets 20 / 15 € from http://www.glivelab.fi/


The Sound of Welfare 20.9.2016

Tue 20.9.2016 at 7 pm
Cable Factory, Merikaapelihalli

Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
Jaakko Kuusisto, conductor
Johanna Rusanen-Kartano, vocal
Jaakko Kortekangas, vocal
Petri Bäckström, vocal
Otaniemen Kaiku, choir
Pasi Heikura, host

The welfare state has taken ill as the commonplace goes. Can art provide the remedy?
Simultaneously with cuts being introduced, arts are being hailed as a form of therapy and funded with this end in mind. But should welfare music be cheery and simple? Can it be played in minor or does this fail to produce the greatest happiness to the greatest number? Could it be that a sign of true social welfare is art that is autonomous and free from all predetermined purposes?

It is a fact that music can heal many maladies. Numerous studies have shown the positive effect of music on intelligence, learning and happiness. Of course, music may also allure you to deviate from the straight and narrow. In this concert, Avanti will both indulge in warning examples and demonstrate music’s healing power.

Carl Nielsen: At the Bier of a Young Artist op. 58
Giuseppe Verdi: Traviata. Act lll, prelude
Eduard Hermes: Metsämiehen Juomalaulu
Francis Poulenc: Banalités, nro 2, Hôtel
Kirmo Lintinen: Fitness ooppera, Leon aaria
René Leibowitz: Marihuana variations non sériéuses
Franz Schubert: Erlkönig
W.A.Mozart:  Bastien und Bastienne, aria “Diggi, Daggi, Shurry, Murry…”


Peter Maxwell Davies: Eight songs for a mad king, nro 1, The Sentry
Hildegard von Bingen: Ovirtus Sapientiae
Marain Marais: Sappikivileikkaus
Pjotr Tshaikovsky: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy
Sean Beeson: Hoitavaa musiikkia
W.A.Mozart:  Sinfonia no 34 in C-major, K 338 Allegro vivace, Andante di molto (piu tosto allegretto), Finale: Allegro vivace

Tickets 27,50 / 17,50 €, www.lippu.fi

Rite 18.4.2016

Mon 18.4.2016 at 19
Temppeliaukio Church

Kamariorkesteri Avanti!
Juho Laitinen, cello
Tomas Djupsjöbacka, conductor

Giacinto Scelsi: Quattro pezzi per tromba sola I
Henry Purcell: The Queen’s Funeral March
Pierre Henry: Variations pour une porte et un soupir: 4. Eveil
Jukka Tiensuu: Kalaasi
Pierre Henry: Variations pour une porte et un soupir: 8. Comptine
Henry Purcell: Pavane & Chacony
Otto Luening: Low Speed
Giacinto Scelsi: Quattro pezzi per tromba sola II
Marin Marais: Sonnerie de Ste-Geneviève du Mont de Paris
Jukka Tiensuu: Concerto for electronic cello and ensemble


Music embraces all that the human needs. From nursery rhyme to funeral and resurrection. Quickening, quietening, celebrating, surrendering. An electrifying cello, brilliant trumpets. Dancing, sighing and the peeling of bells. Age-old and contemporary in sweet symbiosis. (Jukka Tiensuu)

“Participation in rites integrates the individual into a social order both in one’s day-to-day relationships of life and in those celebrations of the collective which bind [one] to the social entity as a whole,” as the anthropologist Émile Durkheim once put it. The same could be said of Avanti’s Rite concert, stretching from ceremonious Baroque to futuristic celebration, and preparing the listener for the birth of the new electronic cello concerto by Jukka Tiensuu.