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Turku Music Festival

08. – 29.8.2024

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The Turku Music Festival brings top-rank artists from Turku’s beloved twin city Florence to our Concert Hall!

The programme is a bold and multi-national offering of music by Gioachino Rossini, Camille Saint-Saëns, Franz Schubert and Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, taking the audience on a wonderful musical journey.

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The Turku Music Festival is Finland’s oldest continuously running music festival. It has evolved into a diverse urban event with a wide range of excellent music.

The Turku Music Festival was founded by the Musical Society in Turku in 1960. It has evolved into a diverse urban event with a wide range of excellent music including grand orchestral concerts, chamber music, recitals, jazz, outdoor events and children’s concerts. The guest roster includes Finnish and foreign stars each year. The current artistic director is Klaus Mäkelä; his predecessors include Ville Matvejeff, Topi Lehtipuu, Olli Mustonen and Martti Rousi.

Programme 2023

The programme of the Turku Music Festival in August 2024 includes international guest stars, interesting concerts and venues both familiar and completely new. The overarching theme of the repertoire is internationalism: every concert has connections to current topics in public debate in Europe or worldwide. We also offer extended concert experiences that bring together music, art, architecture, food and interesting places and people.

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Born in Kansas in the USA, soprano JOYCE DiDONATO has achieved huge success in Baroque opera, Mozart and bel canto alike. Her recent roles include the title role in Handel’s Agrippina at the Royal Opera House in London and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York, Dido in Berlioz’s Les troyens at the Vienna State Opera and the lead roles in two contemporary opera productions at the Metropolitan Opera: Sister Helen in Dead Man Walking by Jake Heggie and Virginia Woolf in The Hours by Kevin Puts. She has toured as soloist with the ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro on the EDEN tour and on the Grammy-winning SONGPLAY tour in Asia, South America and Europe.

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The Seele string quartet was established at the initiative of its young members at the Junior Department of the Sibelius Academy in 2015. The group soon proved very promising indeed: only six months later, they won 1st prize in the national Erkki Melartin Chamber Music Competition. Their enthusiasm and excellent ensemble playing was a combination that was soon noted on the Finnish music scene.

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