The 2015 Chelsea Music Festival will celebrate Finland and Hungary with over 2 dozen performances in a wide range of venues throughout Manhattan. Events include evening concerts with music ranging from baroque to Jazz, Saturday morning Family Events, Late Night events, and daytime Open-Air events that will include Finnish Tango and Hungarian Dances.
June 12-20, 2015 in New York City, over two dozen events will be held in a wide range of venues throughout Manhattan. Program highlights will include reflections and collaborations on the life and music of Jean Sibelius to celebrate his 150th birthday, as well as the music of Bartók, Kodaly, Rautavaara and Bach. The Festival will once again present world and New York premieres, original Jazz arrangements, as well as evening and late night expeditions that will complete historical and present-day portraits of Finland and Hungary. Events include evening concerts with music ranging from baroque to Jazz, Saturday morning Family Events that give children a chance to Hear | Taste | See Finland and Hungary, Late Night events and daytime Open Air events featuring Finnish Tango and Hungarian Dances. • Avanti! | Ensemble-in-Residence (Finland) • Ilari Kaila | Composer-in-Residence (Finland) • Sami Tallberg & Carl Frederiksen | Culinary Artists-in-Residence (Finland & Denmark) • Rachel Mica Weiss | Visual Artist-in-Residence (USA) As in seasons past, the Festival has assembled a noteworthy roster of over 75 artists, including 2015 Festival Ensemble-in-Residence Avanti! from Finland and leading contemporary Finnish composers such as Ilari Kaila and Uljas Pulkkis; the Tapiola Chamber Choir; the stage play Sibelius & Ida in its U.S. premiere; the Jazz ensemble Tuomo Uusitalo Trio; Hungarian/Canadian composer Kati Agócs and ensembles including the Loop Doctors and the Gőz-Kurtág-Lukács Trio. Star chefs from Finland, Hungary and Denmark including Carl Frederiksen and Sami Tallberg will surprise the audience with their special culinary creations honoring the 150th anniversaries of Nielsen.
The program includes some very special musicians. The motto is Hear/Taste/See and all of your senses will definitely be alerted.
Voices of Finland: The Tapiola Chamber Choir in New York
One of Europe’s most celebrated choirs, the Tapiola Chamber Choir, will perform at the 2015 Chelsea Music Festival as part of its first ever North American tour. This evening will be a rare a cappella listening experience of lesser-known Finnish choral works as well as songs by Jean Sibelius, as no other choir truly can. Tapiola’s recordings of Penderecki and Sibelius are included as “benchmark” recordings in the Gramophone Classical Good CD Guide. A chance to revel in the beauty and distinct sounds of the Finnish language and song.
Works by Fougstedt, Johansson, Kokkonen, Kostiainen, Kuula, Madetoja, Makaroff, Mäntyjärvi, Merikanto, Palmgren, Rautavaara, and Sibelius.
Friday, June 19 7:30pm | St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church | 315 West 22nd Street | $35 ($55 combo for both evening events)
Festival Jazz FINNale – the Tuomo Uusitalo Trio
“Since releasing his award-winning debut album “TRIO” in 2012, Finnish jazz pianist Tuomo Uusitalo is taking NYC jazz scene by storm. He will be joined by American bassist Myles Sloniker and Finnish drummer sensation Olavi Louhivuori to close the 2015 Festival with original compositions and inspired arrangements. A tasting menu of wild, foraged Finnish cuisine curated by master Chef Sami Talberg will follow as the 2015 Chelsea Music Festival out its celebration of the great musical, artistic and culinary heritage of Finland.
Saturday, June 20 7:30pm | St. Paul’s German Lutheran Church | 315 West 22nd Street | $68 | Curated Gala Reception
Olavi Louhivuori, Percussion. Tuomo Uusitalo Trio
In 2002 Olavi moved to Helsinki to study under Jukkis Uotila at the Sibelius Academy and quickly began working full-time in Finland and internationally. He won the Young Nordic Jazz Groups competition three times: in 2000 with the Joona ToivanenTrio, in 2002 with the Ilmiliekki Quartet, and in 2006 with the Sun Trio. Olavi tours internationally with the Tomasz Stanko Quintet and has performed with artists and groups such as Lee Konitz, Anthony Braxton, Marilyn Crispell, Susanne Abbuehl, theFinnish Umo Jazz Orchestra, and Piirpauke.
Avanti! Chamber Orchestra was founded in 1983 by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Olli Pohjola, and Jukka-Pekka Saraste. Clarinetist Kari Kriikku has served as its Artistic Director since 1998. In manifestations ranging from a single player to an entire symphony orchestra, Avanti! operates across multiple eras and genres with a particular emphasis on contemporary music. They work in close partnership with front-line international conductors, soloists, and composers such as Oliver Knussen, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kaija Saariaho, Susanna Mälkki, Emanuel Ax, John Storgårds, Hannu Lintu, Barbara Hannigan, Pekka Kuusisto, Matthias Pintscher, Uri Caine, and Django Bates.The winner of numerous prizes and acclaimed by audiences and critics alike, Avanti! is a major presence on the Finnish music scene. The ensemble runs a concert series in its home city of Helsinki and tours regularly around the world. It has released recordings on the Alba, BIS, Ondine, and other labels. Avanti! debuted its annual music festival in 1986. Each year it focuses on a living international guest composer, thus forging a link with contemporary music and winning it an established place among Finland’s unique summer festivals.