Helsinki Baroque Orchestra celebrates 20th anniversary

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Helsinki Baroque Orchestra. To mark the occasion, a star-studded line-up will perform in the anniversary concert at the Musiikkitalo on September 24. The programme explores the musical connection between Schumann and Bach.

The soloists are international stars: British soprano Carolyn Sampson, German countertenor Benno Schachtner, German tenor Werner Güra, British bass Jonathan Sells and German bass Cornelius Uhle. Grammy Award winning Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir completes the world-class line-up.

HeBO´s long-standing collaboration with Kristiina Helin, an opera director whose visualisations of contemporary music concerts as well as opera productions are well known, will continue. For the anniversary concert she will create a large thread installation, subtly living with the music.

Aapo Häkkinen, HeBO’s artistic director for the past 14 years, takes his rightful place in front of the orchestra as conductor.

The idea for a baroque orchestra came into being as a student project in 1997. Two decades later, Helsinki Baroque Orchestra is one of the most internationally successful professional orchestras in Finland. HeBO frequently performs in the most highly regarded concert venues both in Finland and abroad: this year the orchestra tours in Europe and Japan. HeBO produces concerts series in Helsinki and Rauma, as well as organizing a summer festival in Janakkala.

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