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Nurmes Summer Concerts July 5 - 12, 2020

SUNDAY 5th of July


4 PM, Kirkkokatu Stone school, President Restaurant
FOR A MOMENT WE AREN’T GOING ANYWHERE
- A solo violin adventure covering the scale of humanity, deep into loneliness and back into the light
Antti Tikkanen, violin and speech
Text written, translated, or/and edited by Martti Vuorinen

Free admission, program 10€, duration approx. 65 minutes (no intermission)


6 PM, Kirkkokatu Stone school, President Restaurant
CONCERT PROFILE
-Ville Komppa introduces the program and artists of the festival

Free admission, duration approx. 30-40 minutes

7 PM, Kirkkokatu Stone School Hall
OPENING CONCERT – ATUNE YOUR SENSES, FULFILL YOUR DREAMS
- Nuorvala, Wennäkoski, Lutoslawski, Saariaho, Copland, Skrjabin, Medtner, Ljadov – 
A regal offering of music and musicians! The evening is topped off by Antti Hotti, who will perform Russian music
and improvise based off audience wishes.
Eija Kankaanranta, kantele; Minna Pensola, violin; Lauri Angervo and Robert Cohen, cello;
Þórunn Ósk Marínósdóttir, viola; Mikael Helasvuo, flute; Harri Mäki, clarinet;

Anna Laakso, Tuija Hakkila, and Antti Hotti, piano

Tickets 20/15/10€, duration approx. 2 hours.


9.30 PM, Orthodox Church
NIGHT MUSIC BY CANDLELIGHT
- J.S. Bach -
“The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without changing our thinking.”
(Albert Einstein)
Late at night, cradled by the arches of an orthodox church lit by candles, the world becomes a better place
as you listen to the way Mikael thinks.
Mikael Helasvuo, flute

Free admission, program 10€, duration approx. 20 minutes


MONDAY 6th of July


2 PM, Haikola House
POETRY LOUNGE
"What is this fragrance around me?
What is this quietness?
What is this knowledge of peace in my heart?
What strange, great, new thing is this?" (Eino Leino)
Noora Laiho and Eija Kankaanranta, kantele; Students of the Summer Academy

Free admission, coffee and pastry 4€


5 PM, Rukoushuone, Chapel
CONCERT PROFILE
-Ville Komppa introduces the evening’s program

Free admission, duration approx. 30--40 minutes


6 PM, Nurmes Church AND Kirkkokatu Stone school Hall
TOWARDS THE LIGHT
- I. Laakso, Beethoven, Leinonen, Brahms – 
The evening begins with solace and ease in the comfort of Nurmes church.
Then, a hop and a skip across the yard to plunge into a whirlpool of sound and color in the Kivikoulu hall. 
Markku Mäkinen, organ; Tuija Hakkila, fortepiano; Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, violin;
Þórunn Ósk Marínósdóttir, viola; Lauri Angervo ja Robert Cohen, cello;
Anna Laakso, piano
 

Tickets 20/15/10€, duration approx. 1 h 50 min.


9 PM, Valtimo Church
A LITTLE BIT OF NIGHT MUSIC – PALPITATING ROMANTICISM IN VALTIMO
- Rheinberger, Reger -
An evening concert of rare gems.
Markku Mäkinen, organ; Lauri Angervo, cello; Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, violin

Tickets 15/10/8€, duration approx. 45 minutes


TUESDAY 7th of July


3 PM, Kirkkokatu Stone school, President Restaurant
EVERY BRILLIANT THING
Mother is in the hospital. Father says he’s done something really stupid.
Mother is sad, so their seven-year-old begins to make a list
Of all the amazing things in the world. Everything that makes life worth living 

Duncan Mcmillan’s touching text is a play about depression and acts of love.
On stage, a single actor and all things wonderful.
Kimmo Hervenmäki, actor

Tickets 15/10/8€, duration approx. 75 minutes (no intermission).


6 PM, VR Magazine Building
SUBLIME SERENADE
Beethoven’s op. 25 in a bubbly interpretation which will make twilight sparkle
Mikael Helasvuo, flute; Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, violin;
Þórunn Ósk Marínósdóttir, viola
 

Program 5€ (includes a glass of bubbly to accompany the serenade), duration approx. 30 minutes
You can purchase a ticket packet at the magazine, which includes the Serenade, a steam train ride to Höljäkkä and back,
and the “Mist of Tuesday Magic” concert, 35€ adults / 22€ children


7 PM, Nurmes Train Station
Step on a steam train which will bring you to Hogwarts…. Er… Höljäkkä,
to experience a remarkable night of music and magic in the same concert!

Tickets 30€ adults/20€ children, (includes train trip and ticket to Höljäkkä concert)

8 PM, Höljäkkä Youth Center 
MIST OF TUESDAY MAGIC: THE MUSIC WIZARDS
In this evening with accordion wizard Veli Kujala and piano magician Jarkko Riihimäki,
the boundary between reality and imagination breaks down. 
Enjoy feats of virtuosity to astound the ears and confound the mind! 

Tickets 15€ adults/10€ children (without train ride)


WEDNESDAY 8th of July


3 PM, Kirkkokatu Stone school, President Restaurant
STUDENTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Students of the Nurmes Summer Academy perform

Free Admission


5 PM, Rukoushuone, Chapel
CONCERT PROFILE
Ville Komppa introduces the evening’s program

Free admission, duration approx. 30 minutes


6 PM, Orthodox Church
AN EVENING OF SIGHS
- Müthel, Nuorvala – 
Enjoy beautiful ornamental music from Johann Gottfired Müthel, final student of J.S. Bach,
and excitingly meditative preludes from Juhani Nuorvala, to the tune of a clavier, flute, and kantele. 
Mikael Helasvuo, huilu; Markku Mäkinen, cembalo; Eija Kankaanranta, kantele;
Tuija Hakkila, fortepiano
 

Tickets 15/10/8€, duration approx. 60 minutes (no intermission)


8 PM, Kirkkokatu Stone school, President Restaurant
EVERY BRILLIANT THING
Mother is in the hospital. Father says he’s done something really stupid.
Mother is sad, so their seven-year-old begins to make a list
Of all the amazing things in the world. Everything that makes life worth living 

Duncan Mcmillan’s touching text is a play about depression and acts of love.
On stage, a single actor and all things wonderful.
Kimmo Hervenmäki, actor

Tickets 15/10/8€, duration approx. 75 minutes (no intermission).


THURSDAY 9th of July


2 PM, Haikola House
BACH IN THE SITTING ROOM
Sirkka-Liisa’s potent interpretation of Bach, bolstered by coffee and sweets.
Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, viulu 

Free admission, coffee and pastry 4€, musical duration approx. 30 minutes


3 PM, Kirkkokatu Stone school, President Restaurant
STUDENTS IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Students of the Nurmes Summer Academy perform

Free Admission


6 PM, Kirkkokatu Stone school Hall
SWEET THURSDAY – cinematic concert
The evening is a dramatic look at music as image and image as music. Films, texts, music, experiences…
The second half features Ravel’s catchy piano trio, familiar from the classic French movie Un cœur en hiver.
Timo Vuento, actor ja dramatization; Mikael Kemppainen and Tuija Hakkila piano;
Antti Tikkanen and Minna Pensola violin; Þórunn Ósk Marínósdóttir, viola
Robert Cohen ja Lauri Angervo, cello; Harri Mäki, clarinet

Tickets 20/15/10€, duration approx. 2 hours


9.30 PM, Kirkkokatu Stone school Hall
A LITTLE BIT OF NIGHT MUSIC – THE SPARKLE OF SHADOWS
- Schnitke, J.S. Bach -
“Without darkness we would never see the stars” (Martin Luther King)
Lauri Angervo, sello; Anna Laakso, piano; Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, viulu 

Free admission, programs 10€, duration approx. 30 minutes


FRIDAY 10th of July


4 PM, Nurmes Church
BACH. ORGAN. RHETORIC. MUSIC AS SPEECH.
What kind of Bach does one hear, when it’s played stupidly?
What about if it’s played a little less stupidly?
Markku Mäkinen and Hannu Taanila solve the problem. Mäkinen plays and Taanila explains.
Markku Mäkinen, organ and Hannu Taanila, explanations 

Free admission, duration approx. 75 minutes


6 PM, Kirkkokatu Stone school, President Restaurant
CONCERT PROFILE
-Ville Komppa introduces the evening’s program

Free admission, duration approx. 30--40 minutes


7 PM, Kirkkokatu Stone school Hall
AN IMPASSIONED CHAMBER WRAP
- Saariaho, Dvořák, Reinecke, R. Schumann -
 "To send light into the darkness of men's hearts - such is the duty of the artist.” (Robert Schumann)
The beating heart of the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival, violist Vladimir Mendelssohn,
visits our festival for one special concert! 
Eija Kankaanranta, kantele; Mikael Helasvuo, flute; Minna Pensola and Antti Tikkanen, violin;
Vladimir Mendelssohn ja Þórunn Ósk Marínósdóttir, viola; Harri Mäki, clarinet;
Anna Laakso, piano; Lauri Angervo, cello

Tickets 20/15/10€, duration approx. 1 h 40 mins.


9.30 PM, Nurmes Church
A LITTLE BIT OF NIGHT MUSIC – A MESSAGE FROM TWO CENTURIES AGO
“Why shouldn't I dream myself into happiness? What higher reality is there than dream?”  (Bettina Brentano)
Tuija Hakkila’s powerfully honest interpretation of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata op. 109.
Tuija Hakkila, fortepiano 

Free admission, program 10€, duration approx. 25 minutes


SATURDAY 11th of July

 

6 PM, Kirkkokatu Stone school Hall
BIG FINALE BASH!
- Pitkänen, Leinonen, Antheil, Glazunov, Garrido-Lecca, Casals, Damström, C.Schumann, Brahms – 
The traditional two-intermission final concert of the festival features music that stretches from the real world to Hotti’s imagination,
from the mating rituals of woodpeckers to modern day melodrama, from the ease of the string orchestra to the comfort of a solo cello.
The evening ends with Brahms’ immortal clarinet quintet.
Eija Kankaanranta, kantele; Harri Mäki, clarinet; Mikael Helasvuo, flute;
Robert Cohen, cello; Antti Tikkanen, Minna Pensola and Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch, violin;
Þórunn Ósk Marínósdóttir, viola; Tuija Hakkila, Anna Laakso and Antti Hotti, piano;
Timo Vuento, actor and dramatization; Students of the Nurmes Summer Academy

Tickets 20/15/10€, duration approx. 3 hours (two intermissions)

 

SUNDAY 12th of July

 

11 PM, Kirkkokatu Stone school Hall
THE SUMMER ACADEMY TAKES THE STAGE
“Be the change you want to see in the world” (Gandhi)
Final Concert of the Summer Academy

Free admission