North American Tour

29 Sep 7.30 pm
30 Sep 7.30 pm
Northern Michigan University, Marquette
1 Oct 7.30 pm
Oct 7.30 pm
Oct 7.00 pm
Oct 6.00 pm

JEAN SIBELIUS: Saarella palaa, Sydämeni laulu, Sortunut ääni, Rakastava
ERIK BERGMAN: Sommarnatt, Psalm, Tyttöset
SIBELIUS: The sun upon the lake is low
EUGENE BIRMAN: State of the Union

Helsingin kamarikuoro
Nils Schweckendiek, conductor

On its frst North American tour, the Helsinki Chamber Choir will give the world premiere of a major new work by the young Latvian-American composer Eugene Birman (1987) to a libretto by Scott Diel. State of the Union takes a provocative and uncompromising look at some of the urgent issues facing the world today, in the year of one of the most unusual US presidential elections in history. During the tour, the Helsinki Chamber Choir will also perform favourite classics from Finland and lead workshops at Northern Michigan University.

More about State of the Union
The complete libretto

Composer Eugene Birman and libretist Scott Diel
The work with them was exciting and efficient. They have a particular ability to adapt themselves to a different sound and aesthetic conception. Their flexibility and enthusiasm gave me the the possibility to work in-depth because of the individual human, vocal and musical qualities of each singer.
Dominique Vellard,
choral conductor
and singer