Programme in English 2024

Kaustinen Chamber Music Week 19th – 27th January

PROGRAMME 2024
“Keep on playing, as you’re dancing, as you’re crying “
Theme composer: Pehr Henrik Nordgren (1944–2008)

Friday 19th January 

Pre-Concert Talk
18.00 Cafe Fiuli, Folk Arts Centre
The artists of the evening discuss the concert programme and Pehr Henrik Nordgren’s string orchestra production: Juha Kangas, Kirill Kozlovski, Kalevi Aho and the Chamber Music Week’s Artistic Director Tiila Kangas.

Letter to the Netherworld – Pehr Henrik Nordgren 80
19.00 Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre
Juha Kangas, conductor
Kirill Kozlovsky, piano
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra

The founder of Chamber Music Week, composer Pehr Henrik Nordgren, would turn 80 today. In this celebratory concert that starts the week, the music of PH and his friend, Kalevi Aho, will be interpreted by pianist Kirill Kozlovski and PH’s longest-term partners, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra and conductor Juha Kangas.

Programme

Pehr Henrik Nordgren (19.1.1944-25.8.2008): Pictures of the Rural Past – free adaptations of Finnish folk tunes for strings and harp, op. 139 (2006)
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Concerto for piano (left hand) and chamber orchestra, op. 129 (2004)
Kalevi Aho: Letter to the Netherworld
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Symphony for Strings, op.43 (1978)
Tickets 25/22/20 €

Saturday 20th January 

Visual Artist of the Year: Exhibition Opening 
15.00 Kalliosali, Folk Arts Centre
Visual artists of the year: Kaarisilta ry artists; accompanied by art teacher, artist Outi Kirves.
https://www.kaarisilta.fi

Kwaidan Ballads
16.00 Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre
Kirill Kozlovsky, piano
Tempera Quartet
The beginning of PH’s career as a composer included studies under Joonas Kokkonen and years in Japan, where the composer got familiar with the Kwaidan ballads, Japanese ghost stories.

Programme
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Kwaidan Ballads for Piano 

Yuki-Onna op. 31 (1976
Rokuro-kubi op. 32 (1976)
Jikininki op. 36 (1977)

Joonas Kokkonen: Piano Quintet, op.5 (1953)
Tickets 20 €
Day ticket for all concerts 35 €

Panel Discussion
17:30 Museum, Folk Arts Centre
Kalevi Aho, Juha Kangas, Tempera Quartet, Kirill Kozlovski, Petri Kumela
PH’s music through the eyes and ears of a fellow composer and musicians – a discussion about Nordgren’s legacy and his position in Finnish music life
Free entry

Come da Lontano – Guitar Music at Pelimannitalo
19.00 Pelimannitalo
Petri Kumela, guitar
PH’s favorite guitarist Kumela and guitar music spanning five hundred years in the atmospheric main room of Pelimannitalo.

Programme
Renaissance Music for Guitar, John Dowland and others
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Come da lontano, op. 122 (2003)
Kalevi Aho: Guitar Sonata (2019)
Tickets 20 €
Day ticket for all the events 35 €

Folk Music Jam and the Opening of the P.H. Photo Exhibition
21.00 Restaurant Pelimanni
Kaustinen Folk Music Association welcomes all folk music enthusiasts to join in a jam session of folk music from Kaustinen. A photo exhibition of Pehr Henrik Nordgren  also opens. On display are photos of the composer in his home town Kaustinen and in Japan, taken by Heikki Rissanen, Olli Ravela, Olli Kangas and others.
Free entry

Sunday 21st January

Mass
10.00 Kaustinen Church
The artists of the week join in to assist

First and Last
15.00 Kaustinen church

Tempera Quartet
Laura Vikman, violin
Silva Koskela, violin
Tiila Kangas, viola
Ulla Lampela, cello

The quiet of Sunday afternoon: the start and end of PH’s string quartet series, surrounded by music close to the composer, in Kaustinen’s uniquely acoustic church.

Programme
Henry Purcell: Fantasy
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: String Quartet No. 1, op.2 (1967)
Arvo Pärt: Da pacem Domine
Dmitri Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 1 in C major, op. 49
Kalevi Aho: Sumussa, (world premiere, an order from Kaustinen Chamber Music Week)
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: String Quartet No. 11, op.144 (2008)
Tickets 25/22/20 €

The concert is supported by The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland and by The Finnish Cultural Foundation / Central Ostrobothnia Regional Fund

Monday 22nd January

Little Creatures
10.30 Kaustinen library
Petri Kumela, guitar
Laura Ruohonen’s poems from Opus Otus, reader Tiila Kangas
A group of little musical animals created as a collaboration between guitarist Petri Kumela and composers of our time will take over Kaustinen library in this morning concert for the whole family!
Free entry

Evening with Kaustinen College of Music 
19.00 Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre
A traditional concert by Kaustinen College of Music students, where different genres of music meet and the atmosphere is guaranteed to rise through the ceiling!
Tickets 20 €

Tuesday 23.1.

Village concert
18.00 Jylhä Village Hall
Petri Kumela, guitar
Joanna Hanhikoski, cello (Young Artist of the Year)

Programme
Guitar and cello music together and separately, Pehr Henrik Nordgren, Johann Sebastian Bach, Manuel de Falla and others
Tickets 10 €

Wednesday 24th January

Chamber Music Evening 
18.00 Köyhäjoki Mäntymaja Hall
Kamus
Petri Kumela, guitar
Joanna Hanhikoski, cello (Young Artist of the Year)
Gabriel Kivivuori Sereno, baritone (Young Artist of the Year)
Tiila Kangas, host
This year the Chamber Music Week meets its halfway mark in the village of Köyhäjoki, in the Mäntymaja Hall, where you can enjoy an evening full of chamber music.
Tickets 15  € (incl. coffee and pastry)

Thursday 25th January

School Concert (open to the public)
10.00 Puumala school
12.00 Friiti Hall, Järvelä school
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra & New music!
The pride of the province, the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, plays music for Kaustinen’s schoolchildren and audience members from every corner of the village. The orchestra is joined by children from Kaustinen and the New music! – composition project!
Free entry

New music! – composition project is supported by The Finnish Cultural Foundation / Central Ostrobothnia Regional Fund

Pre-Concert Talk
18.00 Cafe Fiuli, Folk Arts Centre
Artistic Director Tiila introduces the evening’s artists and composer Steingrimur Rohloff

Kamus
19.00 Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre
Terhi Paldanius, violin
Jukka Untamala, violin
Jussi Tuhkanen, viola
Petja Kainulainen, cello

The second string quartet guest of the week, Kamus, serves music from four centuries – including a freshly commissioned composition.

Programme
Kaija Saariaho: Aure
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: String Quartet No. 5, op. 69 (1986)
Steingrimur Rohloff: New work for string quartet, world premiere (Co-ordered by Kaustisen Chamber Music Week and Katrina Kammarmusik)
Ludwig van Beethoven: String Quartet in C major, op. 59 No. 3, “Razumovsky”
Tickets 25/22/20 €

The concert is supported by The Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland and by The Finnish Cultural Foundation / Central Ostrobothnia Regional Fund

Friday 26th January

Pre-Concert Talk
18.00 Cafe Fiuli, Folk Arts Centre
Meet the artists of the evening with Tiila

Livet
19.00 Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre
Gabriel Kivivuori Sereno, baritone (Young Artist of the Year)
Pia Freund, soprano
Petri Kumela, guitar
Joanna Hanhikoski, cello (Young Artist of the Year)
Kirill Kozlovsky, piano
PH’s vocal music, the lights and shadows of life and finally a bright conclusion through Beethoven’s cello sonata.

Programme
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: As in a Dream for cello and piano, op. 21 (1974)
Steingrimur Rohloff: Cocoons for solo guitar (1997)
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Lávllaráidu Nils-Aslak Valkeapää divttai’e (Song series to the poems of Nils-Aslak Valkeapää) for baritone, cello and piano, op. 45 (1978)
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Livet, from the series Fyra sånger till dikter av Edith Södergran, op. 58 (1982)
Pehr Henrik Nordgren: Helvetet, from the series Fyra sånger till dikter av Edith Södergran op. 58 (1982)
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for cello and piano in D major, op. 102 No. 2
Tickets 25/22/20 €

Saturday 27 January

Try me Good King
15.00 Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre

PERFORMANCE DRAMATURGY & DIRECTION: Kati Outinen
CHOREOGRAPHY: Minna Tervamäki
Pia Freund, soprano
Kati Outinen, actor
Minna Tervamäki, dancer
Pauliina Fred, traverso & recorder
Lunch Hosia, viola da gamba
Petteri Pitko, harpsichord
A performance about power, love and the position of women in different times: the letters of Henry VIII’s wives and the words spoken on the stage are the basis of American Libby Larsen’s song series Try Me, Good King. There is also dance and music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods.
Tickets 25/22/20 €
Day ticket for all the events and a possible meal 50 €

Pre-Concert Talk
17.00 Foyer of Folk Arts Center
Composer Minna Leinonen talks about the New music! composition project, where a group of musicians has worked with children from Kaustinen on their own compositions during the academic year 2023–24. These children’s compositions have been premiered at the week’s School Concerts and they will be heard in their entirety at the Chamber Music Marathon.

Chamber Music Marathon
18.00 Kaustinen Hall, Folk Arts Centre
Local musicians and artists of the week meet in the traditional climax of the Chamber Music Week, the Chamber Music Marathon. Hosted by Jari Valo, a veteran of the Kaustinen Chamber Music Week!
Compiled by Jari Valo and Tiila Kangas

Programme
Including, but not limited to: Mozart’s birthday, PeeHoo and children’s composition project New Music!
Tickets 25/22/20 €
Day ticket for all events and possible meal €50

New music! – composition project is supported by The Finnish Cultural Foundation / Central Ostrobothnia Regional Fund