10th Anniversary Concert: Religieuse

Fri 30 Oct 2015 7.00 pm
Tapiola Hall, Espoo Cultural Centre

Helsingin kamarikuoro
Tapiola Sinfonietta
Nils Schweckendiek, conductor

Beethoven Overture to Prometheus
Berlioz­ Méditation religieuse­
Matthew Whittall­ The return of light
(world premiere)­
Cherubini­ Messe solennelle in G Major­

The Helsinki Chamber Choir celebrates its 10th anniversary on the eve of All Saints’ Day, with Matthew Whittall’s new work taking the first sunrise after the Arctic winter darkness as its subject. Luigi Cherubini, a Florentine composer who was active in France and whom none less than Ludwig van Beethoven considered the greatest of his contemporaries, composed his G major Mass for a coronation that never took place. A performance in 1987 was in all likelihood the world premiere. Combining influences from Haydn and Italian opera, the Mass is a rare gem and will probably be receiving its first ever performance in Finland.

Public dress rehearsal at Tapiola Hall on 30 October from 11am-12.20pm. Free admission.

Pre-concert talk 6.15-6.45pm. Free admission.

Tickets: 25 / 19 / 11 € from Lippupiste

In collaboration with: Tapiola Sinfonietta

The concert will be broadcast on Yle Radio 1.

Tapiola Sinfonietta, photo by Antti Kangassalo
The lines of each section of the choir were straight and clear, as if played by instruments, and yet soft and flexible, supporting an unbroken sense of breathing. Each group sang with pure intonation and the resonance between the voices took on a life of its own, so that the whole space was filled with ringing colours.
Hannu-Ilari Lampila,
Helsingin Sanomat, Finland