THE KYMI SINFONIETTA: START OF THE SPRING SEASON AND OUTLOOK FOR THE FUTURE

19.01.2021

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THE KYMI SINFONIETTA: START OF THE SPRING SEASON AND OUTLOOK FOR THE FUTURE

THE SEASON BEGINS

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions on events, gatherings and meetings in Finland, the Kymi Sinfonietta is unable to begin the season with concerts to a live audience. We have planned a varied, colourful and interesting programme for the spring season, and we had intended to begin by publishing details of the season’s first two concerts – rather as in the autumn. The pandemic’s active spread phase nevertheless continues in the Kymenlaakso region and has forced us to adjust our plans.

Instead, we aim to transmit much of our planned programme to our audiences by either video or streaming for as long as the restrictions continue. As we did last year, we are also releasing shorter performances and feeds on the KYMI SINFONIETTA LIVES platform.

We hope to continue giving concerts as and when the situation improves, as we did in the autumn, publishing details of a few concerts at a time.

 

MUNICIPAL FUNDING FOR THE KYMI SINFONIETTA

During the autumn season, the Kymi Sinfonietta faced another uncertainty, of a different kind: the municipal funding by the orchestra’s two owner cities – Kotka and Kouvola – both now and in the future. At the beginning of August, there were reports of possible cuts in Kouvola’s funding of the orchestra, causing many people and quarters to express their concern. Just before Christmas, a new draft agreement between Kotka and Kouvola was announced, to be ratified by both cities. This agreement covers several years.

The two owner cities, Kotka and Kouvola, have prepared a new, long-term agreement on funding for the Kymi Sinfonietta right up to 2026. Under the new agreement, the share of funding by the City of Kouvola will be reduced. Kotka will increase its share of the funding and ownership, so the total funding will remain as before.

The orchestra’s activities in the two cities will be in proportion to each city’s funding. In practice, this means that the Kymi Sinfonietta will be obliged to reduce its activities in Kouvola, both its concerts and out and about in the community. Until last year, the Kymi Sinfonietta had always been equally active in both owner cities.

ONLINE CONCERTS BY THE KYMI SINFONIETTA AT THE BEGINNING OF THE 2021 SEASON

(There will also be other performances and feeds on the KYMI SINFONIETTA LIVE platform)

 

OPENING CONCERT

Wed 27.1. at 19 Link to the concert on the Kymi Sinfonietta website: www.kymisinfonietta.fi

Conductor & vocalist: Taavi Oramo
Harp: Päivi Severeide
Recitation: Auli Särkiö, poet
 

Claude Debussy: Dance sacrée et danse profane
Heta Aho: Two Tanka songs: Älä hymyile
Illalla jätän
Three settings of poems by Edith Södergran: Ett yndelsiga havet
Du som aldrig
Revance
Claude Debussy: La Mer est plus belle
Auli Särkiö: Poems on a maritime theme

Creative forces are in the air! Together with players from the Kymi Sinfonietta, Taavi Oramo, one of Finland’s most versatile young musicians, conductors and vocalists, Heta Aho, composer and flautist, and Auli Särkiö, poet, have curated a magnificent programme of music and poetry. Join us as we dive into the depths of the sea and the mind, and be enchanted by the beauty and colour. The song by Claude Debussy captures the ocean’s might, and the rocking, evocative musical flow of his dances engage with the sometimes mighty foaming waves of the Södergran settings by Heta Aho and the poems by Auli Särkiö on a maritime theme. The solo painter in the picturesque dances by Debussy is harpist Päivi Severeide.

 

BAROQUE CONCERT

Wed 3.2. at 19 Link to the concert on the Kymi Sinfonietta website: www.kymisinfonietta.fi

Leader: Raymond Cox, violin
H. I. F. Biber: Sonatas 1 & 12 from the collection
“Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes” (1676)
Christoph Graupner: Overture in F
Jean-Baptiste Lully: Five dance movements from the incidental music to ‘Alceste’ (1673) & ‘Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme’ (1670)
Johann David Heinichen:   Concerto grosso in F (c. 1720)

This programme differs from our customary Baroque concerts. Not only does it take in the whole range of Kymi Sinfonietta instruments; it also features a brilliant Baroque “comp” section consisting of Matias Häkkinen on harpsichord and Jarmo Julkunen on lute. Under the direction of our leader, Raymond Cox, it presents a selection of catchy Baroque music from solemn fanfare mood to cheerful dances. The concert will also be a chance to hear some of the Kymi Sinfonietta’s most recent acquisitions; replicas of Baroque French horns.

Kymi Sinfonietta
riikka.luostarinen@kymisinfonietta.fi
Tel: +358 50 570 6866 
www.kymisinfonietta.fi