Helsinki Baroque Orchestra breaks new ground this season by touring extensively in Asia. The orchestra has been invited to perform at several notable venues in South Korea, Japan and China.
The first of the three debuts took place already in July and August when HeBO played three concerts at the Pyeongchang Festival in South Korea, directed by Aapo Häkkinen. The soloist was Sunhae Im who debuted in the Early Music Series in Finland in 2014, and is currently based in Berlin. This programme of Bach was also performed in Finland at the BRQ Vantaa Festival.
Coming up in October: the famous Suntory Hall in Tokyo and two concerts at the Bandai Music Festival in Japan, followed by a return to South Korea – this time for two concerts at the Tongyeong Concert Hall. The soloist will be Johannes Pramsohler, a Paris based Italian violinist. In addition to Bach, Handel and Telemann, the programme includes pieces by Johan Helmich Roman, the ”Swedish Handel” with Finnish roots.
In December HeBO will embark on a tour of China, with confirmed dates at Harbin Concert Hall, Shanghai Oriental Arts Centre, Tianjin Grand Theatre, and Dunhuang Grand Theatre. The programme includes HeBO’s core material: Bach and Vivaldi. HeBO’s regular guest, Baroque violin superstar Dmitry Sinkovsky will be the soloist.
The tour concludes back in Finland with concerts on the New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. These concerts are part of the official Suomi 100 – Finland centenary celebrations. At the same time, they mark the beginning of HeBO’s own 20-year anniversary celebrations.
Tickets to the popular New Year’s concerts are available from September 26.
Joyce DiDonato visits Helsinki Music Centre with the italian Baroque orchestra Il Pomo d’Oro! “The dynamite mezzosoprano” explores the dichotomy of discord and harmony in times of war, through her powerful interpretation of Baroque arias.
Helsinki Music Centre, Concert Hall
26th Nov 19:00
In War & Peace: Harmony through Music
Monteverdi, Purcell, Handel, Leo, Jommelli
Joyce DiDonato, mezzo-soprano
Il Pomo d’Oro
dir. Maxim Emelyanychev
Stage Director Ralf Pleger
Lighting Designer Henning Blum
Choreographer / Dancer Manuel Palazzo
Executive Producer Joyce DiDonato
Browse here our programme for spring season in Helsinki Music Centre: 2016concerts
The New Year’s concerts bring together two musical cultures in a suprising and delighting way. Ricardo Ribeiro, one of the most famous and respected Fado singers of the present day, visits Helsinki together with beautifully voiced soprano Ana Quintans and guitarists Miguel Amaral and Marco Oliveira. The baroque orchestra is directed by Marcos Magalhães.
Ricardo Ribeiro: ”Once heard, never forgotten” – Expresso
Helsinki Music Centre
31st Dec 19:00
1st Jan 16:00
Ana Quintans, soprano
Ricardo Ribeiro, fadista
Miguel Amaral & Marco Oliveira, cavaquinho & quitars
Helsinki Baroque Orchestra
dir. Marcos Magalhães
”I have never experienced a voice like this!” – Musical America.
The young counter tenor Valer Sabadus has swiftly taken over the operatic world receiving rave reviews all over Europe. The romanian-born singer is widely praised for his flowing coloratura and imposing presence on stage. Valer Sabadus now makes his debut in Finland with Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. The concert in Helsinki Music Centre 15th November will be directed by Skip Sempé, one of the today’s forefront musical personalities in Renaissaince and Baroque music.
The concert is part of Helsinki Baroque Orchestra’s Top Solists concert series. The next concerts in the series are:
Tenor Werner Güra 10th May 2016
Mezzo soprano Joyce DiDonato 26th November 2016
The concert with Valer Sabadus will be performed also in Therpsichore festival in Paris 17th November.
Aapo Häkkinen, the artistic Director of Helsinki Baroque orchestra since 2003, was interviewed by Fanfare magazine. Read the article here: