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.

SIBELIUS FESTIVAL 2022

This internationally acclaimed festival will bring together friends of Sibelius’ music from across the globe September 31.8.-4.9.2022, 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.

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The Estonian Festival Orchestra conducted by Paavo Järvi will visit the Lahti Sibelius Festival on 31 August 2022

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s 23rd Sibelius Festival will be held at the Sibelius Hall in Lahti from 31 August to 4 September 2022, with Dalia Stasevska, chief conductor of the orchestra, as its artistic director. The festival will be opened by an international guest appearance of the highest calibre, when the Estonian Festival Orchestra, consisting of European musicians, will perform on Wednesday 31 August 2022, conducted by the renowned Estonian conductor Paavo Järvi. This visit is made possible thanks to the support from the Jane and Aatos Erko Foundation.

The Lahti Symphony Orchestra will give three concerts at the festival conducted by Dalia Stasevska. The theme of the orchestral concert on Thursday, 1 September 2022, is ‘Flora and Fauna’, and the concert will feature Pan and Echo, the concert suite from Pelléas et Mélisande, The Wood-Nymph (melodrama) and Snöfrid.

The programmes for the orchestral concerts on Friday 2 September and Saturday 3 September were originally chosen by Jean Sibelius himself. ‘In Sibelius’s time, it was typical that the première of the new work took place in a concert organized by the composer himself. This allowed composers to present their other works as well. Sibelius was especially careful to ensure that his premières took place at concerts where the repertoire consisted exclusively of his own compositions’, explains Stasevska, and continues: ‘The Friday and Saturday orchestral concerts at the Sibelius Festival are programmes chosen by Sibelius himself from 1911 and 1927. These included the Finnish premières of the Fourth and Seventh Symphonies and Tapiola. These reconstructed concerts allow us an interesting glimpse into the music of Sibelius as presented by the composer himself.

As an innovation, a family concert, ‘Melody Forest’, will also be included in the festival programme, on the afternoon of Saturday 3 September. The festival concludes with another new kind of collaboration, at Lahti Church of the Cross on Sunday morning, 4 September, with a Keski-Lahti parish church service, the musical content of which focuses on the music of Sibelius.

The festival will also feature a piano recital, and the concerts are complemented by other events such as pre-concert talks. Further details of the festival programme will be announced later.

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The Lahti Symphony Orchestra’s Sibelius Festival 2022

Wednesday 31.8.2022 at 7 pm
GUEST CONCERT
Estonian Festival Orchestra
Paavo Järvi, conductor

Lemminkäinen
Symphony No. 2

Thursday 1.9.2022 at 7 pm
ORCHESTRAL CONCERT – ‘FLORA AND FAUNA’
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Dalia Stasevska, conductor
other performers to be announced

Pan and Echo
Pelléas and Mélisande, concert suite
The Wood-Nymph, melodrama
Snöfrid – Improvisation for narrator, mixed choir and orchestra

Friday 2.9.2022 at 3 pm
PIANO RECITAL

Friday 2.9.2022 at 7 pm
ORCHESTRAL CONCERT – PREMIÉRE 1911
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Dalia Stasevska, conductor

In memoriam
Canzonetta
The Dryad
Night Ride and Sunrise
Symphony No. 4

Saturday 3.9.2022 at 3 pm
FAMILY CONCERT – ‘MELODY FOREST’

Saturday 3.9.2022 at 5 pm
ORCHESTRAL CONCERT – PREMIÉRE 1927
Lahti Symphony Orchestra
Dalia Stasevska, conductor

The Tempest, Prelude
Tapiola
Rakastava
Symphony No. 7

Sunday 4.9. at 10
CHURCH SERVICE AT THE CHURCH OF THE CROSS
Sibelius’s hymns and organ music