Concerts in March at the Music! exhibition
Sunday, 6 March, 2 p.m. The Academic Choral Society in the Spring Mood Free entry, programme EUR 5.
The Academic Choral Society celebrated its 60th anniversary recently and has been part of Helsinki’s choir music scene since 1953 – far from a newcomer! Originally, the choir was compiled from student associations’ choirs to perform major works with orchestras, but this time the Academic Choral Society is divided into seven smaller groups of singers. The programme consists of traditional choir songs and lighter a cappella works. The groups have been coached by choral conductor Ruut Kiiski.
Thursday, 10 March, 6 p.m. Sandman’s Dust lullaby concert Free entry.
Do you feel that it would be sweet to lull your baby to sleep by singing but repeating the same few lullabies is a bit boring? No need to worry: mothers, fathers and grandparents can now extend their repertoire at a concert that features a refreshing selection of lullabies from traditional Finnish cradle songs to elegant berceuses and to even quite exotic lullabies. Some of the lullabies are sung as a singalong Bring your baby along for practice!
Sunday, 13 March, 2 p.m. La Guitarra Free entry.
At the matinee of the Helsinki Conservatory of Music guitar students, you can hear the gems of classical music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras as well as the 20th century national romantic and more modern guitar music. The concert consists of guitar trio and solo performances. The featured composers include Dowland, Händel, Tárrega and Brouwer.
Sunday, 13 March, 4 p.m. Enchanted by Sonatas Free entry, programme EUR 5.
The concert features Sergei Rachmaninoff’s piano sonata op. 36 no. 2 and Johannes Brahms’ violin sonata op. 100 no. 2, performed by Hanna-Mari Zinovjev, piano, and Linda Suolahti, violin. For further information, please contact Hanna-Mari Zinovjev firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 15 March, 3 p.m. Belarusian Folk Music Free entry.
Hakasalmi Villa offers a unique opportunity to learn more about Belarusian folk traditions: the folk music and dance groups of the music institute of the city of Baranovichi – Beraginja, Kopylskija dudary, Perezvon and Suvenir – are visiting Finland and perform at the villa. The groups are led by award-winning Svetlana Solovei.
Saturday, 19 March, 5–9 p.m. 18th century Helsinki assemblée Free entry.
The fashionable continental assemblée, a ball with food and parlour games, was adopted as part of social life of officers’ families and elite city residents in Helsinki and Sveaborg in the 1770s. The assemblée at Hakasalmi Villa offers a chance to do some time travel: music that was played in the parlours of the Gustavian Helsinki, delicacies of the era during the intermission and as a grande finale, a ball where everyone can try easy and amusing contredanse. The audience is not required to dress in the style of the era. Partners include the Refugium Musicum orchestra, the La Porte du Temps dance group, Kalevan Martat and The Olde Militia of Helsinki and the Fine Citizens of the Town.
Sunday, 20 March, 2 p.m. Basement Club Free entry, programme EUR 5.
In its matinee, the Basement Club plays music by Lully, Rameau, Bach, Corelli, Arbeau and Purcell music on guitars and mandolin. The band rehearses in the basement of a block of flats, hence the name.