HELSINKI PHILHARMONIC CHOIR
The Helsinki Philharmonic Choir (in Finnish: Helsingin filharmoninen kuoro, HFK) was founded in 2007 and has established itself as one of Finland's leading mixed choirs. It has built up a reputation for its challenging repertoire and its expressive and metallic sound.
In recent years the repertoire included amongst others the requiems by Verdi, Mozart and Brahms, Klami's Psalmus and Orff's Carmina Burana. The choir has also performed in opera and operetta productions like Puccini's Turandot (2020, 2023), Lehár's Giuditta (2019), Verdi's Don Carlos (2018) or Bernstein's Candide (2018, 2022). In the fall of 2023 HFK was a guest artist in the Finnish National Opera and Ballet's production Messa da Requiem.
The Mikkeli Music Festival's opening concert will be an ode to joy as the Saimaa Sinfonietta orchestra and the Helsinki Philharmonic Choir will take the stage. The concert will be conducted by Aliisa Neige Barrière.
The concert's program includes along the lines of the festival's theme Ludwig van Beethoven's Symphony No. 9 which was premiered in Vienna in 1824. The second piece in the concert will be Luukas Hiltunen's Scintillation -a work for orchestra and mixed choir, which will see its premiere in this opening concert in Mikkeli in August 2024.
Mikaeli, Martti Talvela Hall, Mikkeli
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) composed his most famous and most performed oratorio, Die Schöpfung - The Creation, at the end of the 18th century, at the time of Mozart's death and the creation of Beethoven's master pieces.
The almost two hour long piece musically describes the narrative of the world's creation with the power of soloists, a big choir and an orchestra. Right from the start the work was received very favourably by the audience.
Joe Hickman made an arrangement for chamber orchestras, which you will now be able to enjoy for the first time in Finland with a line-up of fantastic artists.
The concert is part of the choir music series (kuoromusiikin kausikonsertit -sarjaa, KMK) and will start with a presentation of the work at 18:15.
Suuri sekakuoro oli valmistautunut suureen tehtäväänsä hyvin huolellisesti. Se on kurinalainen, yhtenäiseksi hiottu laulajisto, jonka soinnikkaat ääniryhmät ovat hyvässä tasapainossa keskenään ja erottuvat omiksi selkeiksi linjoikseen lämpimässä ja valoisassa, puhtaassa yhteissoinnissa.
Kuoron rytmikäs fugaalinen iskevyys teki Händel-henkisistä nousuista esityksen juhlavia ja fantastisia huippuhetkiä.
- Helsingin Sanomat 9.2.2024
Mikkeli Music Festival opening concert
Hiltunen: Scintillation (premiere)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Mikaeli, Martti Talvela hall, Mikkeli