Programme in English 2022

KAUSTINEN CHAMBER MUSIC WEEK 28 January – 5 February 2022

Friday 28 January

Opening of the chamber music week and art exhibition
18.00 Kalliosali Hall, Folk Arts Centre
Exhibition of wood sculptures by Kaj Lindgård, Visual Artist of the Year, and Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi’s sound artwork WINDS.
Free Entry

Evening with Kaustinen College of Music
19.00 Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre
A traditional concert by the students of the Kaustinen College of Music, full of youthful enthusiasm and skill!
The programme is compiled by Ville Ojanen.
Tickets 15/10 €

Saturday 29th January

Children’s concert (Carnival of the Animals)
14.00 Folk Musician’s House
Free entry for children, adults 10 € at the door.

16.00 Folk Musician’s House
Young artist of the year
Otto Kentala, guitar
Sauguet, Vivier, Tansman, Vasks, Rodrigo
Tickets for the concert including a post-concert juustopaisti (a soup dish with meat and cheese) meal and a chat session with the evening’s soloist and Kaustinen Chamber Music Week’s Artistic Director Kaija Saarikettu: 35/30€. Limited tickets available.
Tickets for the concert only: 20/15 €  

Henri Sauguet (1901–1989): Soliloque – Dans le Souvenir de Manuel de Falla (1958)
Claude Vivier (1948–1984): Pour guitare (1975)
Alexandre Tansman (1897–1986): Cavatine (1951)

  1. Preludio
  2. Sarabande
  3. Scherzino
  4. Barcarole
  5. Danza Pomposa

Pēteris Vasks (b.1946): Vientulības sonāte (The Sonata of Loneliness) (1990)

  1. Pensieroso
  2. Risoluto
  3. Con dolore

Joaquín Rodrigo (1901–1999): Invocación y danza, “Homenaje a Manuel de Falla” (1961)

Sunday 30 January

Bishop’s Mass
10.00 Kaustinen Church
Featuring the Chamber Music Week’s Young Artist Otto Kentala

HOPE – Timo Alakotila together with his friends
19.00 Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre
Timo Alakotila, piano & harmonium 
Siiri Virkkala and Alina Järvelä, violin 
Mauno Järvelä, viola
Janne Virkkala, cello
Oskari Hanhikoski, double bass
Timo Alakotila’s solo piano and chamber music compositions.
The source of inspiration are compositions of classical music performed by strings, but influences can be heard from both jazz and folk music. The concert will feature the premiere of Hope 2021 for a string quintet and a piano.
Tickets 24/19 €

Monday 31 January – Tuesday 1 February

Music around the village

School concerts

Tuesday 1 February

Meet the Artist
19.00 Kaustinen Hall
Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi’s video work “An Anarchist’s Love Letter to a Conservative”
Free entry

Meet the Artist
19.30 Café Konserttiina
Chamber Music Week’s Guest Composer Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi in discussion with composers Kimmo Hakola and Kaija Saarikettu. 
Free entry

Wednesday 2 February

Concert Intro
18.15 Kalliosali Hall, Folk Arts Centre
Meet the musicians of the evening and Osmo Tapio Räihälä

Together – As One
19.00 Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre
Maria Puusaari, violin 
Sonja Fräki, piano
Stravinsky, Räihälä, Lutosławski, Zwilich, Adams.
Violinist Maria Puusaari and pianist Sonja Fräki will perform works composed between 1932 and 2016. They have been influenced by ancient Greece and poetry, hundreds of years ago by the Baroque as well as by the violin virtuosos of the Romantic period and American jazz music.
Tickets 24/19 €


Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971): Dithyrambe from the series Duo Concertante (1932)
Osmo Tapio Räihälä (b.1964): (G)astronomy for solo violin (2016)
Witold Lutosławski (1913–1994): Partita for violin and piano (1984)
Allegro Giusto
Ad Libitum
Ad Libitum


Ellen Taaffe Zwilich (b.1939): Episodes for violin and piano (2003)
John Adams (b.1947): Road Movies for violin and piano (1995)

Thursday 3 February

18.30 Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre
Piia Komsi, soprano and cello 
Maria Puusaari, violin
Kaija Saarikettu, violin
Mauno Järvelä, viola 
Ulla Lampela, cello 
Sonja Fräki, piano
Ahvenniemi, Saarikettu, Hofmann, Hakola
New and latest Finnish vocal and instrumental music, composed by Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi, Kimmo Hakola, Heinz-Juhani Hofmann and Kaija Saarikettu.
Tickets 24/19 €
Note! Joint ticket for the evening’s concerts 35/30 €


Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi: Tacit-Sitat-Ion for string quartet
Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi: Sonata in Peppi Format for violin and piano
Kaija Saarikettu: Johanni-Stimmung for soprano and piano (premiere)
Kaija Saarikettu: Herbst for soprano and piano (premiere)
Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi: Herz beim Spinnrade for soprano and piano
Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi: Dada aria for soprano
Heinz-Juhani Hofmann: Ensin suru on elettävä (First We Have to Live in Grief)
Heinz-Juhani Hofmann: Kesä on mennyt (The Summer is Over)
Heinz-Juhani Hofmann: Minä olen ajatellut paljon (I Have Thought a Lot)
Kimmo Hakola: a composition for violin and piano (premiere)
Rebecka Sofia Ahvenniemi: Wuthering Modes. Not Moods. for string quartet

Tea, Wine and Conversation – Meet the Artist
19.30 Café Konsertiina, Folk Arts Centre
Featuring Kaj Lindgård, Visual Artist of the Year shares thoughts about his work
Free entry

Evening Music – Bach in the Candlelight
21.00 Kaustinen Church
Kreeta-Maria Kentala, Baroque violin
Tea Polso, harpsichord
An atmospheric evening concert takes us on a journey into Bach’s music. We’ll hear musical gems for solo violin and solo harpsichord, marvel at the new dance arrangements in Anna Magdalena Bach’s songbook and get into the bright and affective world of sonatas for violin and harpsichord, where every note has just the right place on the line.
Tickets 24/19 €
Note! Joint ticket for the evening’s concerts 35/30 €


Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750):

Sonata for Violin and Continuo in G major, BWV 1021
A series from Anna Magdalena Bach’s sheet music book
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1014
Sarabande from the partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Allemande from the partita no.4 in D major (Clavierübung I), BWV 828
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no.3 in E major, BWV 101

Friday 4 February

Sounds From the Rock
19.00 Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Tuomas Hannikainen, conductor
sol. Peter Herresthal, violin 
Mats Holmqvist, recitation
Nordgren, Mazzoli, Sibelius
The programme of the concert is framed by two magnificent musical works: the festive Rock Score (drawn on the rock), which Pehr Henrik Nordgren composed for the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and for the inauguration of Kaustinen Hall, and the classic work of Finnish string orchestra music, Portraits of Country Fiddlers. Arrangements of Sibelius’s melodramas for the reciter and chamber orchestra will be premiered in this concert. American Missy Mazzoli is one of the most respected composers in the country and her violin concerto will be heard for the first time in Finland.
Tickets 26/21 €


Pehr Henrik Nordgren (1944–2008): Rock Score opus 100
Missy Mazzoli (b.1980): Vespers for violin and electronics
Jean Sibelius (1865–1957): Trånaden (Longing) (arr. T. Hannikainen)
Jean Sibelius (1865–1957): O, om du sett (I wish you had seen) (arr. T. Hannikainen)


Missy Mazzoli (b.1980): Violin concerto Dark with Excessive Bright
Pehr Henrik Nordgren (1944–2008): Portraits of Country Fiddlers for string orchestra opus 26

Saturday 5 February

Marathon Concert – All Together
18.00 Hotel Kaustinen
A traditional cavalcade concert where artists of the week and musicians and singers from Kaustinen come together and let loose after a great week of musical merriment.
The compilers of the programme are Mauno Järvelä, Maria Pulakka, Kaija Saarikettu and Siiri Virkkala.
Tickets 24/19 €