Kymi Sinfonietta - The orchestra of two cities
Launched on January 1, 1999, the Kymi Sinfonietta is a unique orchestra owned by two cities. It nevertheless has long traditions, consisting of musicians from the Kotka and Kouvola City Orchestras amalgamated at the end of 1998. Keen amateurs have, furthermore, been playing orchestral music in the region for at least a hundred years.
The Kymi Sinfonietta’s series of popular silent movies continues in the second Red House concert offering audiences their first chance to see the Russian silent classic in magnificent surroundings: The New Babylon directed by Grigori Kozintsev and Leonid Trauberg (1929) to the music composed for it by Dmitri Shostakovich performed live by the Kymi Sinfonietta. The vivid, colourful music is a good example of its composer’s musical humour.
Olari Elts’s other new concert series is “Viola in my Life” focusing on top viola players from round the world. It would, says Elts, be a pity not to use such a resource. Some solo violists also lead their concerts. First on the list is the celebrated Brit Lawrence Power, in a programme that cleverly links early repertoire with works by British composers. The other soloist is velvety-voiced Irish tenor Robin Tritschler.
Paavali Jumppanen, a great hit with audiences on his previous appearances with the Kymi Sinfonietta, returns to lead and act as soloist in two great masterpieces in the piano repertoire. Though Bach, Mozart and Beethoven never met, Mozart and Beethoven were influenced by the music of Bach, and Beethoven by Mozart. Each nevertheless wrote in an original style all his own, as we will hear in the two concertos.
A live performance by the Kymi Sinfonietta of the evergreen classic The Snowman, a touching Christmas story of friendship. This award-winning British animation film premiered in 1982 captures hearts both young and old.
A concert you simply cannot afford to miss. Hypnotic rhythms are the key to the first concert in this new Red House concert series devised by Olari Elts. For it we have chosen a magnificent selection of readily accessible contemporary classics. Leading the cavalcade is Magnus Lindberg’s Red House, followed by the fantastic violin concerto by American composer John Adams. The soloist is top violinist Chloë Hanslip, who has recorded the concerto with London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.