Programme in English 2023

Friday 27 January

Chamber Music Week and Art Exhibition Opening
6 pm Kallio Hall, Folk Arts Centre

Visual artists of the year Anni Laukka and Leif Strengell
Free entry

Evening with Kaustinen College of Music
7 pm Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre

Chamber Music Week starts off with one of the all-time favorites: an evening with the talented students of the Kaustinen College of Music.
Tickets 15/10€

Saturday 28 January

Tunes & Masquerades
6 pm, Kaustinen Church

Baccano Baroque Ensemble

Hanna Haapamäki, recorder
Jussi Seppänen, cello
Marianna Henriksson, harpsichord
Eero Palviainen, lute

incl. Purcell, Byrd, Dowland, Geminiani

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Baccano Baroque Ensemble consists of Finland’s leading early music specialists. The concert programme presents English Baroque music (e.g. Purcell, Byrd and Dowland) as well as Italian composers who influenced England (e.g. Geminiani).
Tickets 25/20€

Pelimanni Style Jam Session
9 pm Restaurant Pelimanni

The violin playing tradition is alive and well at the local jam sessions, hosted by the Kaustinen Folk Music Association!
Free entry

Sunday 29 January

Sunday Service
10 am, Kaustinen Church

Featuring the artists of the week

Concert introduction
2 pm, Cafe Konsertiina, Folk Arts Centre
3 pm, Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre

Motiv Quartet

Pekko Pulakka, violin
Essi Höglund, violin
Jakob Dingstad, viola
Lauri Kankkunen, cello

Mendelssohn, Nordgren, Byström (fp), Ravel

The Motiv Quartet is a newcomer among the top Finnish quartets, and this is the group’s first visit to Central Ostrobothnia. The concert begins a series presenting Pehr Henrik Nordgren’s string quartets. In addition, the programme includes a commissioned composition for the Chamber Music Week, a string quartet by Swede Britta Byström, as well as extracts from the core repertoire of string quartet literature.

Pekko Pulakka is the concertmaster of the orchestra of the Finnish National Opera. Essi Höglund is one of the most talented violinists of the young generation and is a familiar face, for example, at the Kokkola SyysKamari event. Jakob Dingstad is the solo violist of the Radio Symphony Orchestra and Lauri Kankkunen is the solo cellist of the Helsinki City Orchestra.
Tickets 25/20 €

Setting the Mood with the Nyckelharpa
7 pm, Folk Musician’s House

Torbjörn Näsbom, nyckelharpa

At the end of the weekend, we get to enjoy a cozy music experience at the atmospheric Folk Musician’s House, led by our Swedish guest, the nyckelharpa wizard Torbjörn.
Tickets 20 €

Monday 30 January – Tuesday 31 January

School concerts: Music på svenska

Torbjörn Näsbom, nyckelharpa & Veikko Virkkala, double bass

Torbjörn’s school concert combines music and Swedish lessons with pleasant music and conversation.

Monday 30 January

The Whims of the Sun King
6 pm Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre

Anni Elonen, Baroque violin
Hanna Haapamäki, recorders and traverso
Tatu Ahola, Baroque cello
Mikko Ikäheimo, Baroque guitar

The Whims of the Sun King is a fast-paced dramatized show that tells funny and strange true stories about the life of Louis XIV, the Sun King who ruled France in the 17th century, accompanied by Baroque music composed for the court of Versailles.

The music of the performance will be the works of composers who worked at the Sun King’s court and its sphere of influence during the Baroque era, such as Lully, Charpentier, Jacquet de la Guerre, Hotteterre and de Visée.
Age recommendation 5–100 years.
Tickets: Adults 15, Children 10 €, Family ticket 40 €

Tuesday 31 January

Torbjörn & friends around Kaustinen
3 pm, Nikula Village Hall

Torbjörn Näsbom, nyckelharpa
Veikko Virkkala, double bass, Young Artist of the Year

An atmospheric village concert to the rhythm of the Polska, accompanied by afternoon coffee!
Free entry

Wednesday 1 February

Jazz duo Eero Savela and Simo Laihonen
8 pm Restaurant Pelimanni

Eero Savela, trumpet
Simo Laihonen, percussion

Trumpetist (and former Kaustinen College of Music student) Eero Savela and percussionist Simo Laihonen have versatile backgrounds as musicians and improvisers. Interest in the world’s musical cultures and the sound phenomenon in general can be heard in their playing.
Tickets 10 €

Thursday 2 February

Concert introduction
6 pm, Cafe Konsertiina, Folk Arts Centre
Strength of the Current
7 pm Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre

Helena Juntunen, soprano
Eveliina Kytömäki, piano
Iiro Koskinen, French horn, Young Artist of the Year

Schubert, Berg, A. Mahler, Kuula

Top soprano Helena Juntunen and pianist Eveliina Kytömäki are a high-quality Lied duo, and in this concert they will be joined by young French horn player Iiro Koskinen from Kokkola. The programme is a fascinating interweaving of Viennese and Finnish music: Franz Schubert’s wonderful Auf dem Strom for soprano, piano and French horn begins the concert, which also includes the masterful songs of Alban Berg and Alma Mahler, as well as the treasures of Toivo Kuula’s production born 140 years ago.
Tickets 25/20 €

Friday 3 February

Concert introduction
6 pm, Cafe Konsertiina, Folk Arts Centre
From Darkness to Light
7 pm, Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre

Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
violinist-conductor Malin Broman

e.g. Clarke, Fagerlund (fp), Moberg, Tchaikovsky

The musical jewel of the Finnish western coast and much-loved regular guest orchestra of the Chamber Music Week, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, serves new and old in its concert. The new work commissioned by the orchestra from Sebastian Fagerlund, one of the leading Finnish composers of our time, will be accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s Serenade and lesser-known Romantic gems, works for string orchestra by Ida Moberg and Rebecca Clarke. Tchaikovsky’s Serenade is punctuated by small commentary pieces by Finnish composition students between parts.
Tickets 25/20 €

Saturday 4 February

Chamber Music Marathon
6 pm, Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre

The chamber music week culminates in the traditional marathon concert, where all the artists of the week and a great number of local artists get to play together in varying ensembles.
Tickets 25/20 €