Concerts in April at the Music! exhibition
Sunday, 3 April, 2 p.m. Songs of the spring Free entry, programme EUR 5.
“You are the spring I longed for during the icy winter”. Springtime longing, dreams, love and joy from Romanticism. Soprano Marja Kari and pianist Janina Närhi perform springlike songs in various moods by Sibelius, Merikanto, Grieg and Wagner, among others.
Saturday, 9 April, 1–4 p.m. Festivities in the castleFree entry.
A castle party is prepared under the crystal chandeliers of the Hakasalmi Villa, accompanied by music recorded by the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. This is a musical exercise event for the entire family. Join in the happy, fairytale-like party mood for a while or stay the whole afternoon. If you want to, you can bring your own princess or knight outfits.
Saturday, 9 April, 7:30 TID med Mineia Tickets EUR 10/5.
The Mineia vocal ensemble founded in autumn 2014 consists of ten creative, young women. Mineia open-mindedly studies and creates musical and theatrical performances, allowing everyone to express themselves. TID med Mineia discusses time from various perspectives by means of words and music by Bob Dylan, Laleh and Frode Fjellheim, among others. Mineia is conducted by Hanna Kronqvist and Lina Teir.
Sunday, 10 April, 2 p.m. “Just to see your eyes” – dance at the pavilion! Free entry.
Viihdeorkesteri Kangastus has been interpreting many kinds of music and accompanying dancers for almost two decades. This Helsinki Finnish Adult Education Centre orchestra consists of some two dozen musicians with a happy, juicy swing in their music. The programme covers lots of wonderful classical dance songs and emotional Latin rhythms.
Tuesday, 12 April, 7 p.m. Fantastic Romanticism Free entry.
This concert by the teachers of The East Helsinki Music Institute features piano music, lied, opera arias and chamber music from the period of Romanticism. Composers include Schumann, Liszt, Chopin and Verdi, among others.
Friday, 15 April, 7 p.m. AVIATRIX – choir music about birds and people Tickets EUR 10.
Birds have always been a symbol of freedom, spring, hope and love in the arts–but also of darker feelings. The bird-theme concert by chamber choir cc FREIA, however, focuses on the celebration of light and a positive attitude in honour of the spring–with just perhaps a little bit of nostalgia in the mix. The programme covers a 500-year journey from the late Middle Ages to the present time, including poets and composers inspired by birds from Finland and abroad. The nightingale and the swan are evidently invited, but there are also some more surprising guests in the flock. Come and fly with us!
Saturday, 16 April, 7 p.m. AmaSon – chamber music from Brazil and Peru Tickets EUR 12/5.
Aurinko – Música de Latinoamérica ry is a Helsinki-based association for the promotion of Latin American art music. Clara Petrozzi, viola, and Claudia Graupner, piano, perform Brazilian and Peruvian chamber music from the 20th and 21st century. Composers include Heitor Villa-Lobosin, Marlos Nobren and César Guerra-Peixe as well Clara Petrozzi and Rafael Junchaya, who both live in Finland.
Sunday, 17 April, 2 p.m. Is it spring in Finland? Free entry, programme and CD EUR 5.
The matinee concert by Finnair’s choir spans from the times of Aurora Karamzin to the present, from Sibelius to Kärki. Ilkka Kuusisto is the composer of the day. Finnair’s choir started as a male choir in 1949 and changed into a mixed choir in 1974. In addition to company events, the choir has given concerts in Finland and abroad on all continents. Since 2011, Finnair’s choir has been conducted by Hannu Bister.
Tuesday, 19 April, 6 p.m. Bach and the violin Free entry.
The solo violin works by J. S. Bach are a part of the basic repertoire of every violinist. Concertmaster Pekka Kauppinen of the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra crosses the street from Helsinki Music Centre to the Hakasalmi Villa to present us with his view of the Partita in B minor and the Sonata in A minor.
Saturday, 23 April, 12 noon–3 p.m. Sounding city event for all the family Free entry.
This event sees Hakasalmi Villa transform into a musical adventure-land for the whole family. How does the city sound? During your visit, your ears will become tuned to fascinating soundscapes and you will be invited to join in on exciting musical experiments. Visitors will be guided by early years music education students from the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.
Saturday, 23 April, 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sabrina ja Saarten tyttäret Tickets EUR 15/10.
Sabrina ja Saarten tyttäret is a vocal ensemble founded by a couple of dozen young women in autumn 2015. The ensemble performs songs by Sabrina, mainly composed to the texts of Kanteletar. The songs are a compelling mixture of ancient folklore, the voice of a young woman, bodily expression and voice improvisation. They tell about young woman’s life. Growing pains and sources of happiness haven’t changed much in time, after all. Sabrina’s music is inspired by the islands and seashores of Helsinki.
Sunday, 24 April, 2 p.m. Spring concert of the ProMus choir Free entry, programmes for sale.
The ProMus choir has been active in the Helsinki Finnish Adult Education Centre for almost 30 years, performing entertaining mixed choir music passionately, ignoring any boundaries between genres or periods. The entertaining concert programme spans from the 16th century almost to present day. The conductor of the choir is Katja Vepsäläinen, and Vesa Lintula accompanies on the piano.
Sunday, 24 April, 3 p.m. Guided tour of the Music! exhibition (Finnish only) Free entry.
Sunday, 24 April, 6 p.m. 10 x Beethoven – Sonatas for piano and violin I Tickets EUR 15.
Jani Lehtinen, first violinist of Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, and Jani Aarrevaara, piano teacher at Tampere Music Academy and conservatory, perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s sonatas for piano and violin in a series of four concerts. These works are one of the most extensive sets of music in Western art music composed for this combination. In Beethoven’s sonatas, the violin and the piano are equal virtuosos. The sonatas are performed in chronological order, starting with the three sonatas of Opus 12 from 1797–98.
Friday, 29 April, 7–9 p.m. Helsinki’s disco history dance Free entry
On the International Dance Day, we’ll dance through the phases of discos in Helsinki under the crystal chandeliers of Hakasalmi Villa. DJ Mikko Mattlar from Radio Helsinki will be on hand to talk about the evolution of disco culture and play disco hits from different time periods, with dancer Kimmo Luukkonen supporting him by leading the audience in the hottest new moves of each decade.