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.

Tangos at Porvoo Art Factory 7.5.2015

The Glow of Tango from 1940’s to the present

Avanti! visits the Porvoo Art Factory Classics-series on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 19.00.

Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
Markus Allan, singer
Janne Nisonen, director
Minna Lindgren, conferencier

The tango came to Finland from Argentina in the early years of the 20th century, but it was only during and after World War II that Finnish tango emerged and took the nation by storm. Unlike its Argentinian predecessor, Finnish tango has a melancholy character, with its slow tempo and minor mode. The texts of Finnish tango music are focused on themes of lost love, nature, and a longing for a better place.


Tickets 27,50 €, Show & Dinner 67,00 €

Avanti! at NJORD Biennale 28.-29.1.2016 (Copenhagen, Denmark)

Thu 28.1.2016 at 8 pm
Dansehallerne, Store Scene

Chamber Orchestra Avanti!
La Chambre aux échos
Aleksi Barrière
, director
Clément Mao-Takacs, conductor

Kaija Saariaho: “La Passion de Simone”


Fri 29.1.2016 at 8 pm
Dansehallerne, Store Scene

Chamber Orchestra Avanti!
Jakob Kullberg, cello
Clément Mao-Takacs, conductor

Niilo Tarnanen: Schwebe (2013)
Kaija Saariaho: Notes on Light (2006)
Hans Peter Stubbe Teglbjaerg: Stringed Spaces II (2016)
Kaija Saariaho: Lichtbogen (1986)



Composer portraits no. 9 SHH! or BEING DIVINE – Impressions of Jean Sibelius 12.-15.11.2015


Alexander Theatre
Nov, 12 at 19.00
Nov, 14 at 19.00
Nov, 15 at 16.00

Avanti! Chamber Orchestra
Juha Siltanen, script & stage direction
Leena Nuora, actress
Jaana Pesonen, actress
Mervi Takatalo, actress
Janne Nisonen, conductor
Monica Groop, mezzo-soprano
Jouko Laivuori, piano

Kaisa Salmi, lighting and stage design
Tuomas Lampinen, costume design
Juhani Liimatainen, sound design

SHH! or being divine is a tragicomic spectacle about people and the “God” in the next room – a gently ironic portrait of Finland’s official genius.

And oh how Finnish he was, our Jean Sibelius: full of self-admiration and self-contempt, a premonition of death and omnipotence, sociability and an abnormal fear of people, always in crisis, always invulnerable, forever the repentant sinner yet in his own mind always “divine”. And modern, too – a bit like the nerd who escapes from reality, the lord of a fantasy world.

Jean Sibelius, aka Sibba, is also very much present in this the 150th year since his birth. Or has he really ventured to come along in person? And how did others feel about living in a house in which something mysteriously unique was always going on in one of the rooms? Three women in a portrait frame tiptoe silently, shhh, shhhh, through the room, laying the table, swatting at a fly, waiting for Something. Shadowing them, like ghosts, are many Avanti! combinations, in strains both foreseen and unforeseen.

Tickets 30€/20€ www.lippupalvelu.fi