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Sibelius Academy Choir
Jani Sivén, conductor

Matthew Whittall: Lauantaisauna (world première)

The recital is a part of the celebrations for the centenary of Finland’s independence (Suomi 100).

Sibelius Academy students and teachers perform Finnish solo songs that are warm and intimate. What emotions are prompted by Christmas, community, intimacy, spirituality, soul and home?

In four recitals entitled ‘Finnish songbook’, students and teachers of the Sibelius Academy perform solo songs that are quintessentially Finnish. The recitals explore various styles, moods and genres, mixing and matching old and new. The ‘Finnish songbook’ recitals give a voice to minorities and acknowledge their contribution to the building of Finland.