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SIBELIUS FESTIVAL: KULLERVO
This internationally acclaimed festival will bring together friends of Sibelius’ music from across the globe September 2.9.-5.9.2021, as the Lahti Symphony Orchestra once again invites followers of Finland’s national composer to a wonderful celebration in the acoustically splendid setting of Sibelius Hall. The Artistic Director of the festival is the distinguished Chief Conductor of the Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Dalia Stasevska.
Kullervo is a huge show of strength by the young Sibelius. He started sketching the work as early as 1891, during his study year in Vienna, when he began reading the Kalevala.
This five-movement symphonic work, more than an hour in duration, tells the story of the legendary anti-hero legend with pathos and national romantic archaism. The Kalevala rhythms of the unison male choir and two soloists crown a massive, sprawling and turbulent work. After this, Sibelius’s only way forward was to condense his musical style.
The Lahti Symphony Orchestra reserves the right to make changes to the programmes and timing of concerts if the restrictions are required by the coronavirus infection situation.