Come and support the region’s young rising talents! The soloists in this concert conducted by Esa Heikkilä are all young students at the North Kymi or Kotka Region Music Institute. Playing with a live orchestra, working with a conductor and receiving encouragement from the audience are a rewarding experience for these youngsters and have far-reaching consequences. The soloists are chosen by audition, and the orchestra aims in this way to support young players along the road to music.


Mounting the podium for this concert is the Kymi Sinfonietta’s own oboist-conductor Dimas Ruiz Santos. The works he has chosen bear echoes of folk music while also delving right to the roots of music; how have classical composers borrowed ideas from folk music? One interesting highlight is the Country Dance by one of Finland’s earliest symphonists, Ida Moberg.


The Kymi Sinfonietta’s Easter tradition is as thriving as ever, this time in a performance of the St John Passion with versatile conductor-tenor Topi Lehtipuu and a brilliant band of soloists. The St John Passion is a prime example of Bach’s timeless musical genius and skill. As we listen, we become immersed in not only the last events of Christ’s life but also a tradition beginning with Bach in which the mighty power of the great musical masterpieces brings the Easter story alive in the present day.


Two great Russian artists join the Kymi Sinfonietta tonight: rising star conductor Yaroslav Zaboyarkin, and Sibelius Violin Competition winner Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, who immediately won our hearts on his first appearance with the Kymi Sinfonietta in 2011. The solo number is the Distant Light violin concerto, already a modern classic, by Latvian composer Pēteris Vasks examining a whole range of human emotions from idealism and love to melancholy and drama.


Anna-Maria Helsing is one of the most renowned and in-demand conductors of her generation, and a pioneer in the sense that she was the first woman in Finland to receive a Chief Conductor tenure. Her eagerly-awaited visit to our orchestra is now to take place in a Wagner-oriented programme. The soloist is Swedish soprano Julia Sporsén, famous for her expressive performance and ability to live the part.