Music knows no bounds
The fourth summer of the Kaakko Festival – Southeast Chamber Music – goes under the banner of “Music knows no bounds”. This message is borne out in many ways, for the programme is a varied mix of European, Slav and Finnish classical chamber music. It crosses the national frontier for a concert in Viipuri in neighbouring Russia, and this year, for the first time, there will be a concert in Miehikkälä.
The concerts begin on Tuesday July 4 in Viipuri, filling the Aalto Library and the Church of Saints Peter and Paul with the sound of chamber music. Viipuri extends a warm summer welcome to chamber music lovers from Finland and Russia, and getting there could not be easier: just hop on a bus for the day trip from Hamina and Virolahti.
The fourth festival summer offers 11 concerts in all, in a variety of the very best venues – the most beautiful church interiors, village halls rich in atmosphere, and museum milieus steeped in history. The festival’s closer collaboration with the other events in Virolahti Week promises some exciting new musical experiences. Solo songs by J.S. Bach can be heard in a candle-lit grotto at Soikonvuori Vesper, and the Fish&Soul harbour festival will be seasoned on family day with classical music.
Meet the artists
“We’ll be putting the musicians in closer touch with our listeners by arranging meetings where the artists can talk about and discuss the works to be performed with members of the audience,” says Kaakko’s Artistic Director Jukka Mertanen. “These introductions will add depth to the concert experience and generate pleasant, genuine encounters. We’ve clearly proved we’re a top-rate chamber music festival. Our guests like coming here; our musicians like coming here and everyone’s happy. There are also some free concerts, because we want to give everyone a chance to share in the Kaakko experience. Last year 1,500 people attended our concerts and events, and we are expecting even more this year.”
One of the highlights of the rich programme is the concert by eminent singers in Virolahti Church. The band of singers headed by Lilli Paasikivi is second to none. The evening in the company of Mari Palo, Markus Pelkonen, Kristian Lindroos and pianists Ilmo Ranta and Johannes Piirto is sure to be both impressive and memorable. But all in all, it’s impossible to pick out any individual concerts as they are all interesting, distinctive and unique. True gems, in fact.
- at 14 Music unites, Aalto Library, Viipuri, programme €15
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Four Preludes for piano
Jean Sibelius: Six Humoresques for violin and piano
Franz Schubert: String Trio in B-flat major
Dimitri Shostakovich: Piano Trio no. 1
- at 19 Music knows no bounds, Church of Saints Peter and Paul, Viipuri, programme €15
Toivo Kuula: Song & Morning Song for viola and piano
Toivo Kuula: Sorrow & South Ostrobothnian Folk Song for cello and piano
Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Melody & Valse-Scherzo for violin and piano
Jean Sibelius: String Trio in C minor
Dimitri Shostakovich: String Quartet no. 8
- at 13 Overture to Kaakko, Takanen Park, Virojoki, admission free
An entertaining opening event in Johannes Takanen Park in the centre of Virojoki. Info about the festival concerts, greetings from Viipuri, artist meetings, music and a general get-together in the run-up to “Finland’s opening concert”.
- at 14, A Musical Sampo, Sammontalo, Rantatie 2, Virojoki, €22.50 / €25
Mikhail Glinka: Trio in D-minor for violin, bassoon and piano
Dimitri Shostakovich: Sonata for cello and piano
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for violin and piano no. 9 op. 47, “Kreutzer”
- at 19 Music for a Balmy Summer’s Eve, Museotie 1903, Klamila, €22.50 / €25
*pre-concert artist meeting and talk about the programme at 18.15
Franz Krommer: Bassoon Quartet op. 46 no. 1
Edvard Grieg: Sonata for cello and piano in A-minor
Antonín Dvořák: Serenade for Strings in D-major op. 22
- at 13 Young Soloists I, Sammontalo, Rantatie 2, Virojoki, admission free
Final concert 1 of the Kaakko masterclasses. Janne Malmivaara’s violinists and Bence Bogányi’s bassoonists take the stage.
- at 19 Love Songs on a Summer’s Eve, Virolahti Church, Kirkontie 500, Virolahti kk, €27.50 / €32
Mari Palo, Lilli Paasikivi, Markus Nykänen, Kristian Lindroos, Johannes Piirto & Ilmo Ranta
Johannes Brahms: Liebeslieder Walzer op. 52 and other romantic summer music performed by a magnificent band of singers and pianists.
- at 12 Young Soloists II, Harjun Hovi, piano room of the main building, Katariinankuja 19, Ravijoki, admission free, Final concert 2 of the Kaakko Chamber Music masterclasses. Samuli Peltonen’s cellists take the stage.
- at 14 Viva Virtuosi, Virolahti Local Museum, Museotie 133, Pyterlahti, €22.50 / €25
Rodion Shchedrin: In the Style of Albéniz, for cello and piano
Sergei Rachmaninoff: 2 Piano Preludes
Mikhail Glinka: Sonatensatz for bassoon and piano
Antonín Dvořák: Terzetto for two violins and viola
Luigi Bottesini: Capriccio di Bravura for double bass and piano
Ferenc Farkas: Sonata for bassoon and piano
Henryk Wieniawski: Polonaise in A-major for violin and piano
- at 18 Soikonvuori Vesper, Säkäjärvi, admission free
Kaakko joins in the traditional evensong of Virolahti Chapel Parish in an atmospheric candle-lit grotto. Erik Rousi, baritone, sings solo songs by Bach.
- at 19.30 A Tribute to Great Composers, Miehikkälä Church, Muurikkalantie 6, Miehikkälä, €22.50 / €25
* pre-concert artist meeting and talk about the programme at 18.45
W.A. Mozart: Quartet for bassoon and strings (originally flute) in D-major, KV 285
Leoš Janáček: Sonata for violin and piano
Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Piano Trio in A-minor op. 50
- at 13 Three Esses: Schumann, Shostakovich & Schubert, Klamila Church, Museotie 1903, Klamila, €22.50 / €25
Robert Schumann: Adagio & Allegro for bassoon and piano
Dimitri Shostakovich: Sonata for viola and piano
Franz Schubert: Quintet for piano and strings in D-major, “Trout”
- at 15 Kids’ Classical, Fish&Soul harbour festival, Kalasatamantie 153, Klamila, admission free
Kaakko meets Fish&Soul! Now for the first time a taste of classical for kids at the popular harbour festival.
- at 18 An Evening of Surprises, Kiessin Vintillä, €22.50 / €25
at 20 buffet supper at the Kiessi Café, €32, Harjun Hovi, Tallitie 18, Ravijoki. The traditional end-of-festival party spiced with fantastic music and food. In keeping with the “Music knows no bounds” theme, the Kaakko virtuosi will be conjuring up an unforgettable evening with surprise melodies and varying moods. A fine end to the 2017 festival and a chance to recall the highlights and experiences of the past week. Buffet bookings www.kaakkofestival.fi or Harjun Oppimiskeskus tel. 0440 232 982
Jukka Merjanen, violin, Artistic Director
Petteri Iivonen, violin
Janne Malmivaara, violin
Ilari Angervo, viola
Mari Viluksela, viola
Tomas Nuñes-Garcés, cello
Tuomas Ylinen, cello
Maria Krykov, double bass
Tuomas Turriago, piano
Liisa Malmivaara, piano
Bence Bogányi, bassoon
Erik Rousi, bass-baritone
Thursday 6.7., Love Songs on a Summer’s Eve:
Mari Palo, soprano
Lilli Paasikivi, mezzo-soprano
Markus Nykänen, tenor
Kristian Lindroos, baritone
Johannes Piirto, piano
Ilmo Ranta, piano