July 2007 Happenings
Sibelius Academy musicians to perform July 18, 19, 20 at
HANCOCK -- Each year Finlandia University and the Sibelius Academy of Helsinki, Finland, collaborate to
bring a sample of Finnish musical excellence to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
The only concert series of its kind in North America, this year’s festival takes place Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday, July 18-20, at the historic Calumet Theatre in Calumet, Mich. All performances begin at 7:30
The Kegel Trio will perform Wednesday, July 18. Paavo Maijala, piano, Lauri Sallinen, clarinet, and Vuokko
Lempiäinen, viola, are all post-graduate students at the Sibelius Academy. The chamber music trio is named
for "Kegelstatt," the nickname of a composition that Mozart wrote for piano, viola and clarinet, while
allegedly participating in a game of skittles, a bowling-like game popular in Austria. Kegelstatt means
"skittle alley" in German. They will perform the works of Mozart, Gothóni, Kurtág, Schumann and Kalevi
|The Kegel Trio, post-graduate students of
Sibelius Academy, will perform chamber music at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July
18, at the Calumet Theatre. The musicians are, from left, Paavo
Maijala, piano; Vuokko Lempiäinen, viola; and Lauri Sallinen,
clarinet. (Photo courtesy Finlandia University)
Soprano Jenni Lättilä, accompanied by pianist Mikko Haapaniemi, will perform Thursday, July 19. Both Jenni
and Mikko are pursuing their second master’s degrees at the Sibelius Academy. Jenni has studied and
performed many soprano roles and participated in recitals, concerts and vocal competitions in Finland
and internationally. In addition to piano, Mikko has studied organ and voice. He was a finalist in a
recent National Competition for Lied Pianists, and has performed widely in Finland. They will perform
compositions by Sibelius, Wagner, Bernstein, Kuula and Merikanto.
| Soprano Jenni Lättilä will perform Thursday, July
19, at the Calumet Theatre as part of the Sibelius Academy concert
series. She will be accompanied by pianist Mikko Haapaniemi. Both
are pursuing their second master’s degrees at the Sibelius
Academy in Helsinki, Finland. (Photo courtesy
Solo pianist Tuomas Kyyhkynen will perform Friday, July 20. His program includes compositions by Bach,
Mozart, Sibelius, Scriabin, Brahms, Chopin and Liszt. Tuomas has just completed his first year of a 5-year
master’s degree program at the Sibelius Academy. He began playing piano at age four. At age ten, Tuomas
won first prize in a youth piano competition, and at age eleven he recorded a professional CD and played
as an orchestra soloist with the Tapiola (Finland) Sinfonietta. He has been awarded multiple
prizes and performed as a soloist for many Finnish orchestras, including his debut with the Finnish Radio Symphony
Orchestra in 2005.
|Prize-winning solo pianist Tuomas Kyyhkynen will perform compositions by Bach,
Mozart, Sibelius, Scriabin, Brahms, Chopin and Liszt on Friday, July
20, at the Calumet Theatre. Kyyhkynen, who began playing piano at
age four, is enrolled in a master's program at Sibelius
Academy. (Photo courtesy Finlandia
Tickets are $15 for the general public. Purchase all three shows and receive a discount. Calumet Theatre Members, $10 per night. To purchase tickets, call the theatre at 906-337-2610. Visit www.calumettheatre.com
For additional information, please contact Finlandia University at 906-487-7348 or visit
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