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Sibelius Festival in Finland

4 Sep — 10 Sep 2018 | Tour Director: Sandy Burnett

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Tour Director

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Sandy Burnett, MA

a musician and BBC Radio 3 broadcaster

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Itinerary

Day

1

Depart Heathrow 1125 on British Airways, arriving Helsinki 1620. Transfer to GLO Hotel Kluuvi for two nights. Evening lecture: Setting the Scene – A Musical Overview of our Visit.

Day

2

Morning walking tour of Helsinki: University Library (exterior), Lutheran Cathedral (exterior), Town Hall, Market Square, Esplanade, railway station. Afternoon: Rock Church and Sibelius Monument. Evening: optional concert in Helsinki (subject to performances).

Day

3

Hvitträsk (built in the National Romantic period by the architects Saarinen, Lindgren and Gesellius as a home and studio). Transfer to Lahti for four nights at Hotel Mukkulan Kartano. Evening festival performance at Sibelius Hall featuring Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Dima Slobodeniouk (conductor) and Baiba Skride (violin): Overture in A minor, Violin Concerto, Svanevit orchestral suite.

Day

4

Morning lecture: Finding Freedom – Sibelius and the Drive towards Finnish Independence followed by visit to Villa Ainola (Sibelius’s house). Evening festival performance at Sibelius Hall featuring Estonian National Symphony Orchestra and Neeme Järvi (conductor): Romance in C major for string orchestra, Music for the play Death: Scene with Cranes and Valse triste, Symphony No 3, Symphony No 4.

Day

5

Morning lecture followed by cruise to Lake Vesijärvi. Afternoon festival performance at Kalevi Aho Hall featuring Meta4, Antti Tikkanen (violin), Minna Pensola (violin), Atte Kilpeläinen (viola) and Tomas Djupsjöbacka (cello): String Quartet in D minor Op 56. Evening festival performance at Sibelius Hall featuring Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Dima Slobodeniouk (conductor) and Baiba Skride (violin): In memoriam, Six humoresques for violin and orchestra, Symphony No 6, Symphony No 7.

Day

6

Late morning festival concert at Sibelius Hall ‘Sibelius on a Sunday Morning’ featuring Minna Pensola (violin), Heini Kärkkäinen (piano), Kaari Martin and Minna Tervamäki (dance): On a String – An Interpretation of the Sibelius Violin Concerto. Afternoon: guided tour behind-the-scenes at the Sibelius Hall.

Day

7

Morning: private recital by Viola Uotila. Depart Helsinki 1710, arriving Heathrow 1820.

Tour Dates

4 Sep — 10 Sep 2018

Days

7

Cost

£2950

Tour Code

SIBE-18

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Cost includes:

return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances as described, breakfast, three lunches, five dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.

Not included:

travel insurance, optional concert in Helsinki, double room for single use supplement £460.

 
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