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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Today’s program is rich, full to the brim and stocked with tradition – just in time for Thanksgiving.

Our first half is pure Americana, with compositions by Chick Corea, George Gershwin and Paul Schoenfeld. Each work will be performed by a different young ensemble - some American, like the Scarborough Trio, others, like The Calmus Ensemble of Leipzig, bring an international perspective to American music.

The second half features student artists from the Sibelius Academy, performing at the gala opening concert of the newly-built Helsinki Music Center. Founded in 1882 by Martin Wegelius, Sibelius Academy focuses on educating musicians broadly, encouraging them to learn through composition, even as instrumentalists. Reflecting this, two of the pieces you’ll hear are composed and performed by the same artist.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Program details:

Chick Corea: Trio for flute, bassoon, and piano. Performed by the Scarborough Trio.

George Gershwin: Summertime. Performed by The Calmus Ensemble of Leipzig.

Schoenfeld: Square Dance. Performed by Moran Katz, clarinet, and Jonathan Keren, piano.

Gershwin/arr. Donald Hunsberger: Catfish Row. Performed by Derrick Fox, Jo Ella Todd, and the University of Missouri Wind Ensemble / Thomas O’Neal.

Sibelius Academy students:

Traditional: Pastoral Tunes from Ingria. Performed by Kristina Ilmonen, natural flute.

Traditioanl: The Ballad of Vainamoinen. Performed by the Sibelius Academy Folk Singers.

Johannes Piitro: Virta. Performed by Johannes Piitro, piano.

James Andean and Via Kuppala: From Darkness to Light. Performed by Aili Ikonen, voice, with the Herd Trio.

Vili-Matti Puumala: As Thin As Everything Here. (Vocal ensemble/Villi-Matti Puumala)

Julius Klengel: Hymnus. (Cello choir / Martti Rousi)

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