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Sibelius Festival

The position of Jean Sibelius (1865-1957) as Finland's national composer is probably incontestable; his significance for the history of Finnish music is unparalleled. Sibelius is also Finland's most famous composer internationally, whose music has won admirers in all parts of the globe. With its annual Sibelius Festival, the Lahti Symphony Orchestra aims to gather together Sibelius’s friends from all over the world and to offer them a truly memorable weekend in the company of Sibelius's music.


8.9. - 11.9.2016 Sibelius Hall, Lahti

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s 17th International Sibelius Festival will take place at the Sibelius Hall in Lahti on 8th–11th September 2016. The three orchestral concerts will be conducted by the orchestra’s chief conductor and the festival’s new artistic director, Dima Slobodeniouk.

Orchestral concerts:

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at 7 p.m. Sibelius Hall

Pohjola’s Daughter
Symphony No. 1

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Friday 9th September 
at 7 p.m. Sibelius Hall

The Dryad
The Tempest, concert suite
Symphony No. 4

At 6 p.m. Pre-concert Talk (in Finnish)
Heini Moisio interviews Dima Slobodeniouk

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Saturday 10th September 
at 5 p.m. Sibelius Hall

Pan and Echo
Pelléas et Mélisande
Symphony No. 3

At 4 p.m. Pre-concert Talk (in Finnish)

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Other concerts:

Saturday 10th September at 12.30 p.m.
Kalevi Aho Hall, Lahti Music Institute

Johannes Piirto, piano

Tickets: € 15
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Sunday 11th September at 11 a.m. Sibelius Hall

Kamus Quartet

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The Lahti Symphony Orchestra's Sibelius Festival

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra, widely appreciated internationally for its Sibelius interpretations both on disc and on concert tours, organizes its annual Sibelius Festival in September, in the hall that bears the composer’s name. The festival has taken place ever since the hall was completed in 2000. The idea of the festival is to offer Sibelius enthusiasts from all over the world a long weekend (Thursday to Sunday) of wide-ranging programmes reflecting various aspects of the composer’s music, played by the finest performers. In the same way that the famous Bayreuth Festival is devoted entirely to the music of Wagner, so too the Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s Sibelius Festival offers exclusively Sibelius.

Right from the start the festival has attracted international attention. Members of the audience – both groups and individuals – have come from all over Europe as well as such countries as the USA, Canada, Japan and Australia. Up to 20% of tickets have been sold to international visitors.

Each year the festival also attracts international press coverage. In 2003, for example, the prestigious Austrian newspaper Die Presse named the festival as the most important of its kind anywhere in the world. Over the years the festival has been featured by The Times (London), Die Welt (Berlin) and by New York Public Radio (WNYC).

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