The Kaakko Festival, July 3–7. 2018

The Sea Unites

The Kaakko Festival – Southeast Chamber Music – this year promises a feast of music in Virolahti, Miehikkälä and the Hamina archipelago at the beginning of July. Once again, the programme has lots of exciting new elements in store for music lovers. The theme for this year is “The Sea Unites” and springs from the cultural realm of the Gulf of Finland and Baltic region and the sea’s ability to unite. The sea has always been a major feature of Virolahti, serving as a fairway for people, goods and cultural influences. It is also a source of artistic inspiration – potent and strong.

The highlight of this year’s programme is Virolahti’s first ever performance of an opera. Ville Matvejeff, Artistic Director elect of the Savonlinna Opera Festival, will be conducting his own arrangement, commissioned by the three soloists, of the opera Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns. The soloists in this tense Biblical drama are Tuula Paavola (mezzo-soprano), Roland Liiv (tenor) and Sampo Haapaniemi (baritone). The music of Samson and Delilah, one of the finest examples of French grand opera, is lavish yet sensitive and leaves no listener cold. Originally scored for a large cast of soloists, choir and symphony orchestra, the opera proved on closer examination to lend itself well to an abridged chamber version. In making his arrangement, Matvejeff reduced the opera so that the three acts can be performed without an interval while nevertheless preserving the dramaturgical line and all the finest episodes.

The popular masterclasses continue 

The Kaakko Festival introduced its first masterclasses in summer 2015, and the feedback has been so favourable that we are holding them again this year. The three masterclasses, given by Janne Malmivaara for violinists, Samuli Peltonen for cellists and Bence Bogányi for bassoonists, will be held in the beautiful surroundings of Harjun Hovi.

Artists 2018

Jukka Merjanen, violin, Artistic Director
Petteri Iivonen, violin
Janne Malmivaara, violin + masterclass
Ilari Angervo, viola
Mari Viluksela, viola
Tomas Nuñez-Garcés, cello
Samuli Peltonen, cello + masterclass
Tuomas Ylinen, cello
Bence Bogányi, bassoon + masterclass
Tuomas Turriago, piano
Liisa Malmivaara, piano

Friday 7.7. Opera: Saint-Saëns, Samson and Delilah

Ville Matvejeff, conductor
Tuula Paavola, mezzo-soprano
Roland Liiv, tenor
Sampo Haapaniemi, baritone

Chamber ensemble: Kaakko Festival artists +
Helka Seppälä, double bass
Sam Parkkonen, French horn
+ trumpet (to be announced)

Programme 2018 

Tuesday 3.7. 

  • at 13 Children’s Concert, Sammontalo, Rantatie 2, Virojoki, €10
    Sergei Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf

  • at 18.15 Opening & meet the artists and the people behind the scenes, Virolahti Churchyard

  • at 19 Opening Concert: Joy and Light!, Virolahti Church, Kirkontie 500, €25
    Anton Stamitz: Quartet for bassoon and strings, Op. 19 No. 6
    Ludwig van Beethoven: Sonata for cello and piano No. 2 in G minor
    Henri Dutilleux: Sarabande et Cortège for bassoon and piano
    Arvo Pärt: Variations for the Healing of Arinushka for solo piano
    Franz Schubert: Rondo for solo violin and string quartet in A major D438

Wednesday 4.7.

  • at 13, Afternoon Concert at the Museum, Virolahti Local Museum, Museotie 133, Pyterlahti, €25
    George Crumb: Sonata for solo cello
    Pēteris Vasks: White Scenery for solo piano
    Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio in C major, Op. 87
    Maurice Ravel: Sonata No. 2 in G major for violin and piano

  • Meet the artists & pre-concert talk at 18.15, Klamila Churchyard
  • at 19, The Dusky Magic of a Summer’s Eve, Klamila Church, Museotie 1903, Klamila, €25
    Tuomas Turriago: Da Lontano for solo piano
    Georges Enescu: Sonata for violin and piano No. 3, Op. 25
    Pēteris Vasks: Music for a Summer Evening for solo piano
    Sergei Rahmaninov: Sonata for cello and piano in G minor, Op. 19

Thursday 5.7.

  • at 13 Masters at the Manor, Harjun Hovi, piano room of the main building, Katariinankuja 19, Ravijoki, €25
    Toivo Kuula: Barcarole for solo piano No. 2, Op. 37
    Anton Reicha: Variations for bassoon and string quartet
    Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in B-flat major, Op. 11
    Giacomo Rossini: Arias from The Barber of Seville, arr. for two bassoons
    Antonio Bazzini: La Ronde des Lutins, Op. 25 for violin and piano

  • Meet the artists & pre-concert talk at 18.15, Miehikkälä Churchyard

  • at 19, Romantic Passion, Miehikkälä Church, Muurikkalantie 6, Miehikkälä, €25

Friday 6.7.

  • at 13 Young Soloists, Sammontalo, Rantatie 2, Virojoki, admission free
    Final concert of the Kaakko masterclasses. Janne Malmivaara’s violinists, Samuli Peltonen’s cellists and Bence Bogányi’s bassoonists take the stage.

  • at 19 Opera: Samson and Delilah, Virojoki Junior School Hall, €35
    Camille Saint-Saëns: Samson and Delilah, arr. Ville Matvejeff
    Tuula Paavola, mezzo-soprano, Roland Liiv, tenor, Sampo Haapaniemi, baritone
    Kaakko Chamber Orchestra, Ville Matvejeff, conductor

Saturday 7.7.

  • at 11 The Sea Unites. Concert cruise from Klamila Harbour to Tammio, €49
    Price includes transport and concert for up to 120 passengers. Food available on board if booked in advance. Return to Klamila at about 17

  • at 13 The Sea Unites. Tammio Fisherman’s Cottage
    Anton Tizt: Duo for violin and cello
    Christoph von Dohnányi: Serenade for string trio, Op. 10
    Halvorsen-Handel: Passacaglia for violin and cello

  • at 13 To Friendship. Klamila Church, Museotie €25
    Sergei Prokofiev: Sonata for cello and piano in C major, Op. 119
    György Orbán: Sonata for bassoon and pianoJohannes Brahms: Piano Trio No. 2 in C major, Op. 87

  • at 18 Music at Kiessi, €25

  • at 20 Party Time at Kiessi, 32 Harjun Hovi, Tallitie 18, Ravijoki.
    The traditional end-of-festival party spiced with fantastic music and food. In keeping with the “Sea Unites” theme, the Kaakko virtuosi will be conjuring up an unforgettable evening with surprise melodies and varying moods. A fine end to the 2018 festival and a chance to recall the highlights and experiences of the past week.

    Buffet bookings:
    or Harju Vocational College (Harjun Oppimiskeskus), tel. 0440 232 982


  • Tickets:
  • Tickets for the Kaakko Festival will go on sale at Lippupiste on 15.3. and at various points in Virolahti in June. Tickets also available on concert venues.