Philharmonia Orchestra: Beyond Classical

From July to December 2017, we will be sharing special videos sent to us by the Finnish violinist, Pekka Kuusisto. In each film he will be sharing a folk song, filmed with natural light to show the passing of the seasons and the descent into the darkness of the Nordic winter. He will film these himself, in his home in rural Finland. This tune is called “Kopsin Jonas” and comes from Samuel Rinda-Nickola’s (1763-1818) Music Book, one of the main treasures of Finnish folk music. A pretty version of this polska can be heard at the second movement of the Rautavaara work for strings called “The Fiddlers.”

This video offering celebrates 100 years of Finnish independence and Pekka Kuusisto’s role in the opening of our London concert season at Southbank Centre, part of Southbank Centre’s year-long celebration of all things Nordic, Nordic Matters, and part of the festival, Nordic Music Days. Pekka Kuusisto performs on Thursday 28 September, playing the UK premiere of Daníel Bjarnason’s new Violin Concerto, written for Pekka: philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1712 The concert also includes Sibelius Symphonies Nos. 6 and 7 and is conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen. Tickets start at £11.

Following the main concert, Pekka Kuusisto and rune singer Ilona Korhonen perform a FREE concert in the Clore Ballroom exploring traditional Finnish storytelling with a contemporary approach: philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/1946/london/clore_ballroom_royal_festival_hall/28_september_2017/post-concert_pekka_kuusisto_and_ilona_korhonen

We hope you will join us.

Philharmonia Orchestra at Nordic Matters: philharmonia.co.uk/concerts/series/72/nordic_matters
Nordic Matters: southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/festivals-series/nordic-matters
Nordic Music Days: nordicmusicdays.org

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Philharmonia Orchestra: Beyond Classical

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Orchestral music is something that continues to evolve, change and develop. The Philharmonia - originally founded as a recording orchestra - is proud to go beyond the traditional parameters of the orchestral repertoire. Here find videos on everything…


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