The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra begins its autumn season on 4 September under somewhat exceptional circumstances. Audiences are now permitted in the hall again, but to ensure sufficient distancing, only around 400 tickets will be sold.
In order to serve other would-be listeners, the Finnish Broadcasting Company (Yle) is broadcasting FRSO concerts live on its Areena and Radio 1 channels and will be showing them on Yle Teema throughout the autumn season.
The concert repertoire has been modified to ensure the safety of the musicians on the platform. The concerts beginning at 8 pm will have no interval and will last about one hour.
“The orchestra is keen to get back on the Helsinki Music Centre platform,” says Chief Conductor Hannu Lintu. “Being face to face with a live audience is of primary importance to us. Modifying the repertoire to suit the prevailing conditions has been not only challenging but extremely interesting. The musician friends from abroad who were originally booked to visit us have all been incredibly understanding and flexible. It’s a great honour to have them with us.”
Karita Mattila, Esa-Pekka Salonen and Kent Nagano among the stars of the autumn concerts
The FRSO is keeping a close watch on the official directions concerning the Covid-19 pandemic and is prepared to adjust its concert repertoire accordingly. For this reason, it is first announcing the programmes only for the September and October concerts.
The theme of the opening concert on 4 September is the inspiring and diverse effect of cultural history on orchestral music. Hannu Lintu will conduct FOG, a new orchestral work by Esa-Pekka Salonen, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella suite, and Britten’s Nocturno with Tuomas Katajala (tenor) as the soloist.
Karita Mattila will sing Wagner’s Wesendonck Lieder on 9 & 10 September, and Sakari Oramo will conduct works by Anna Clyne and Kaija Saariaho on 23 September.
The programme conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen will comprise the Chamber Symphony by John Adams and the Schumann Piano Concerto with Paavali Jumppanen as the soloist. Kent Nagano will conduct Strauss’s Metamorphosen and Nicholas Collon Schönberg’s first Chamber Symphony and Beethoven’s Symphony no. 1.
The concert on 30 October will have two conductors. The young Tarmo Peltokoski will first make his conducting debut in Jukka Tiensuu’s Nemo, after which Piotr Anderszewski will be the conductor-soloist in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 1.
New works by Outi Tarkiainen and Sampo Haapamäki pay tribute to The Society of Finnish Composers
The Society of Finnish Composers celebrates its 75th anniversary on 2 October, when new works by Outi Tarkiainen and Sampo Haapamäki will be premiered. Both composers have produced versions of their works for a pared-down orchestra to meet the demands imposed by the prevailing safety regulations.
No season tickets will be sold for this autumn. Single tickets for the September and October concerts by the FRSO will go on sale at Ticketmaster at 9 am on 5 August.