XXXII Summer Sounds 28.6.-2.7.2017

The 32nd Summer Sounds festival by Avanti! takes off with a traditional church concert in Pernaja on June 28th 2017. Concerts continue in the beautiful city of Porvoo from June 29th to July 2nd. Festival’s artistic planner for this year is composer Lotta Wennäkoski.

Program is published on February, stay tuned!

XXXII Summer Sounds Festival 28.6.-2.7.2017 “Chantefables – Songs and Sagas”

Sonatas, juggling, free concerts and criticism of consumerism – Avanti’s Summer Sounds 2017 offer all this and a lot more!

Avanti’s 32nd Summer Sounds Festival will be spanning five days in late June and early July. An already-traditional head start on the festival will be made on 28 June at Pernaja Church, while the rest of the festival concerts take place in Porvoo on 29 June – 2 July. There will be 14 concerts in total, and the tickets are already available for purchase with some great offers. This year the festival programme is coordinated by composer Lotta Wennäkoski.


At 19:00 CHAMBER CONCERT, Pernaja church
Avanti! Quartet
John Storgårds, violin

Iannis Xenakis: Ikhoor
Rozalie Hirs: Article 4 [map butterfly]
Jovanka Trbojevic: Oro
Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello

Duration: c. 1h
Tickets: 30 / 25 / 15 €



At 13:00 OFFICIAL OPENING AND CITY CONCERT, Porvoo Cathedral park and The Little Church (Pikkukirkko)
Sakari Männistö, juggler

Simon Steen-Andersen: BesideBesides
Henry Purcell: Sonata a 4 Nr. 2 Eb major Z 803
Usko Meriläinen: “Suvisoitto” for flute and grasshopper
Henry Purcell: Sonata a 4 Nr. 6 G minor Z 807
Pauline Oliveros: Bye Bye Butterfly
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Premier concert C minor, from “Pièces de Clavecin en Concert”

Free entrance


At 19:00 OPENING CONCERT, Art Factory
Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
John Storgårds, violin
Emil Holmström, piano

György Ligeti: Ramifications
Agata Zubel: Violin concerto
Salvatore Sciarrino: Gesualdo senza parole
Ville Raasakka: Hypermarket and Hypercommodity
Igor Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite

Duration: c. 2h (inc. intermission)

Tickets: 38 / 32 / 19 €


At 21:00 CHAMBER CONCERT, Tehdassali, Art Factory
Joonas Ahonen, piano
Avanti! Quartet

Morton Feldman: Palais de Mari
George Crumb: Four Nocturnes for Violin and Piano
John Cage: Water Music
Leo Ornstein: Wild Men’s Dance
Gloria Coates: “Through Space”, part 2 from String quartet Nr. 5
Conlon Nancarrow: Tango
Charles Ives: In Re Con Moto for Piano quintet

Duration: c. 1h

Tickets: 30 / 25 / 15 €


FRIDAY 30.6.

At 13:00 CITY CONCERT, Tehdassali, Art Factory
Agata Zubel, soprano
Joonas Ahonen, piano  

Karol Szymanowski: Slopiewnie
Witold Lutoslawski: Chantefleurs et chantefables
André Tchaikovsky: Seven Shakespeare Sonnets

Duration: c. 1h

Free entrance


At 15:00 CITY CONCERT: Composition Workshop, Grand
Anna-Maria Helsing, conductor

Free entrance


At 19:00 CONCERT, Art Factory
John Storgårds, conductor
Sakari Männistö, juggler
Agata Zubel, soprano
Heikki Kossi, foley artist

Conlon Nancarrow: Piece number 2 for small orchestra
Georges Aperghis: La nuit en tête
Lotta Wennäkoski: Jong
Sami Klemola: New work for Foley Artist and Ensemble
Steve Reich: Eight lines

Duration: c. 2h (inc. intermission)

Tickets: 38 / 32 / 19 €


At 22:00 CLUB CONCERT, Zum Beispiel
An evening of folk sounds, hosted by the festival’s Artistic Director Lotta Wennäkoski!

Tickets: 18 €


At 13:00 CITY CONCERT, Haaga-Helia Campus

Süle-Lahti-Nikula Trio
László Süle, piano
Pentti Lahti, saxophones
Heikki Nikula, bass clarinet

Free entrance


At 15:00 CHILDREN’S CONCERT: Mimmit, Grand
Pauliina Lerche vocals, accordeon, kantele, dance
Hannamari Luukkanen vocals, violin, minipiano, melodica, dance
The band:
Tuomas Logrèn guitar, mandolin, dobro, background vocals
Antti Halmetoja double and electronic base, background vocals
Jukka Kyllönen guitar, percussions, background vocals

Duration: c. 50 min.

Tickets: 15 / 50 € (family ticket, inc. 4 persons)


At 18:00 CONCERT, Art Factory
Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
Agata Zubel, soprano
Kersten McCall, flute

Agata Zubel: Not I
Lotta Wennäkoski: Soie
Pjotr Tšaikovski: Symphony Nr. 5 E minor Op. 64

Duration: c. 2h (inc. intermission)

Tickets: 38 / 32 / 19 €


At 21:00 CONCERT, Art Factory
Anna-Maria Helsing, conductor
Emma Salokoski, vocals

Singer-songwriter Emma Salokoski interprets Eva Dahlgren songs from album Jag vill se min älskade komma från det vilda – Dahlgren’s 1995 collaborative work with conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, arranger Anders Hillborg and the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. A number of Salokoski’s own pieces will also be heard in Finnish orchestral arrangements.

Eva Dahlgren & Anders Hillborg: När en vild röd ros slår ut doftar hela skogen
Eva Dahlgren & Anders Hillborg: Stenmannen
Eva Dahlgren: Jorden är ett litet rum (sov. / arr. Anders Hillborg)
Eva Dahlgren: Resan (sov. / arr. Anders Glenmark)
Lauri Salokoski & Samuli Vauramo: Omani uni
Juhani Nuorvala: Notturno Urbano
Pekka Streng: Katsele Yössä (sov. / arr. Pessi Levanto)
Emma Salokoski & Eero Heinonen: Veden alla (sov. / arr. Mikko Hassinen)
Eva Dahlgren & Anders Hillborg: Kväll
Eva Dahlgren & Anders Hillborg: Innan kärleken kom
Eva Dahlgren & Anders Hillborg: Vild i min mun

Duration: c. 1h 15 min

Tickets: 38 / 32 / 19 €



At 15:00 CITY CONCERT, Taidehalli / Kulma, Art Factory
Avanti’s musicians

Salvatore Sciarrino: Il silenzio degli oracoli
Maurice Ravel: Sonata for Violin and Cello
Minna Leinonen: Hush
Bernhard Crusell: Divertimento for Oboe and String trio C major Op. 9

Duration: c. 1h

Free entrance


At 18:00 FINAL CONCERT, Art Factory
John Storgårds, conductor

Tristan Murail: L’esprit des dunes
Jean Sibelius: Satu (En saga) Op. 9
Lotta Wennäkoski: Verdigris
Johannes Brahms: Symphony Nr. 4 E minor Op. 98

Duration: c. 2h (inc. intermission)

Tickets: 38 / 32 / 19 €



Pernaja Church, Pernajantie 330, Pernaja (Loviisa)
Art Factory / Taidetehdas, Läntinen Aleksanterinkatu 1, Porvoo
Little Church / Pikkukirkko, Kirkkotori 1, Porvoo
Haaga-Helia Porvoo Campus, Taidetehtaankatu 1, Porvoo
Grand, Piispankatu 28, Porvoo

XXXI Summer Sounds 29.6.-3.7.2016 – Just be

Planning a festival is exciting. Planning Avanti’s Summer Sounds is really exciting! It’s a process that educates, teaches and inspires. It requires creativity and space. Space?

We are all different – some of us very efficient go-getters, others less so – but one thing we all have in common: we’re always in such a rush these days. In such a rush that in practice we are constantly behind schedule. The internet has taught us to expect things to happen the moment we hit the button, and even friends may get annoyed if they don’t receive a reply within three hours.

Luckily, art and creativity don’t fit this pattern or trend, which is why art is essential. We all need space. Space to think, to feel, to act and just be. The programme for this year’s Summer Sounds is a sort of unspoken message: an invitation to come and just be, to enjoy the space and the moment in music.

A very warm welcome to you all. We look forward to seeing you.

Dima Slobodeniouk



At 19.00 CHAMBER CONCERT, Pernaja church
Päivi Severeide, harp
Mika Väyrynen, accordion
Avanti! Quartet

C.P.E Bach Sonata in G for harp
Anton Webern Six bagatelles for string quartet op. 9
Jouni Kaipainen String quartet nr 6 The Terror run op. 92
Jouni Kaipainen Placido for accordion op. 68
Modest Musorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (for accordion)
Duration: ca. 1 hour
Tickets 25/20€ – Buy tickets online


At 12.00 OFFICIAL OPENING, Raatihuoneentori
Free entrance

, “Rolling Stones”, Borgå Gymnasium
Jukka Rautasalo, concert’s program and gamba
Andres Kaljuste, conductor
Jouko Laivuori, piano
Malla Vivolin, flute

Esa-Pekka Salonen: Yta 1 for solo flute
Eero Hämeenniemi: Efisaes for piano and 12 strings
Henry Purcell: Fantasia no. 6 Z.737 (comp. 14.6.1680)
Henry Purcell: Fantasia no. 10 Z.741 (comp. 30.6.1680)
Henry Purcell: Fantasia no. 8 Z.739 (comp. 22.6.1680)
Free entrance

, Art Factory
Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
Jörg Widmann, clarinet
Vienna Glass Armonica duo, glass armonica and verrophone
Mika Väyrynen, accordion

Jörg Widmann Armonica
W.A. Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A major KV622
Vincenc Masek  Concerto for Glass Armonica and Orchestra (version for Glass Armonica, Verrophone and Orchestra)
Bela Bartok Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Duration: ca. 2 hours
Tickets 35/25€ – Buy tickets online



At 13 CITY CONCERT, Little Church
Vienna Glass Armonica Duo
Christa Schönfeldinger, glass armonica
Gerald Schönfeldinger, verrophone

W. A. Mozart: German Dance, KV 605 no. 3 *
Robert Schumann: Von fremden Menschen und Ländern, Kinderszenen Op. 15 No. 1.  *
Traditional Lebanon: Wa Habibi *
Gerald Schönfeldinger: Aglaopheme – die Glanzstimmige
Philip Glass: Music Box *
Margarita Lecunon: Tabu  *
Traditional Sweden: Tusen Tankar*
Joseph Haydn: Gipsy Dance, Hob. IX: 28  *
W. A. Mozart: Adagio for Glass Armonica in C Major, KV 617a
Traditional Turkey: Nihavent Sirto *
* Arrangements for Glass Armonica and Verrophone by Christa and Gerald Schönfeldinger
Duration: ca. 45 minutes

Free entrance

Andres Kaljuste, conductor
Master smiths Jukka Tiensuu and Tomi Räisänen

Eugene Birman: Come tu non sapessi, che l’amore e un respiro lievitato
Sebastian Dumitrescu: Tango for imprecise melodies
Paolo Griffin: The Slow Burn
Tuomas Kettunen: Unexpected swirls
Timo Kittilä: Lost Memory
Ulf Långbacka: Morning dance – Life is pain and joy
Lin Mu-Xuan: Danse, danse… sinon nous sommes perdu!
Kaito Nakahori: Bon Festival
Eden Rayz: Fantasia surutanssi: Lambada
Tomoya Yokokawa: Syoka no kaze

Tickets 10€ – Buy tickets online

At 19.00 CONCERT
Art Factory
Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
Ismo Eskelinen, guitar
Camerata Flamenco Project

Alexandr Skrjabin (arr. Jouni Kaipainen) Preludes op. 11 for String Orchestra
Manuel de Falla Homenaje pour le Tombeau de Claude Debussy
Sebastian Fagerlund
Guitar Concerto ’Transit’
Eric Satie: Gnossienne nro. 1 (arr. Camerata Flamenco Project)
Paco de Lucía: Entre 2 Aguas (arr. Camerata Flamenco Project)
Camerata Flamenco Project: Avant Garde Flamenco Suite
Camerata Flamenco Project: Tanguillos de mi Casa
Manuel de Falla El Amor Brujo
Duration: ca. 2 hours
Tickets 35/25€ – Buy tickets online

Art Factory
Ismo Eskelinen, Sebastian Fagerlund and Dima Slobodeniouk
Chamber music and discussion about music and improvisation.
Free entrance



At 13 CITY CONCERT, Haaga-Helia Porvoo Campus
Kari Kriikku Trio
Kari Kriikku,
Markku Lepistö,
Sampo Lassila,
double bass
Bessarabian, Klezmer, Sephardic music and the Trio’s own pieces – with the inevitable tap-dancing step or two.
Free entrance

Anna-Mari Kähärä, composer
On the stage Martti Suosalo, Seela Sella, Vuokko Hovatta, Elina Nyman ja Tuukka Leppänen and the band
Tickets 15€ / Family ticket 50€ for 4 people – Buy tickets online

At 19.00 CONCERT
, Art Factory
Olari Elts, conductor
Chloë Hanslip, violin

Perttu Haapanen Mermaid Machines
Michael Hersch Violin Concerto
Ludwig van Beethoven Symphony no 5
Duration: ca. 2 hours
Tickets 35/25€ – Buy tickets online

Zum Beispiel
Camerata Flamenco Project feat. Anette Åkerlund
Tickets 15€ (Tickets can be purchased in advance only from the Zum Beispiel Restaurant)


At 13 CITY CONCERT “Speaking seriously – fun!”, Art Factory, Art Hall
Trombone duets and marimba solos
Free entrance

, Art Factory
Dima Slobodeniouk, conductor
Chloë Hanslip, violin

Jörg Widmann Con Brio
Ludwig van Beethoven Violin Concerto in D Major op. 61
Johannes Brahms Symphony no 3
Duration: ca. 2 hours
Tickets 35/25€ – Buy tickets online