Sibelius in der Holzkiste

Endlich habe ich es geschafft, ein Konzert im berühmten Sibelius Saal in Lahti zu hören. Schon im Februar hatten wir die Karten gekauft, im April war das Konzert bereits ausverkauft: BBC Orchester aus London, Okko Kamu der Dirigent, Sergei Malov als Solist. Gespielt wurde das Violinkonzert und die 2. Symphonie von Jean Sibelius, als Zugabe…

Suomenlinna Fortress

In addition to taking my exams as a Helsinki Guide, I have enrolled into a training to become an authorized Suomenlinna Guide. The large historic sea fortress on several (5,6,7,8? The number keeps changing) islands in front of Helsinki has made it into the Unesco World Heritage list. It has been a very important influence…

Hvitträsk

With  my family in Germany over Easter, I decided to use my free time for visiting Hvitträsk, former home and studio to the trio of architects who belonged to the most influencial forces during the Art Nouveau period in Helsinki: Hermann Gesellius, Armas Lindgren and  Eliel Saarinen. Unfortunately, the weather was very “Finnish” and the…

Musica Nova

I received an invitation to a concert at the Musica Nova Festival for contemporary music in Helsinki. The Boulanger Trio from Germany (Karla Haltenwanger – piano, Birgit Erz – violin, Ilona Kindt – cello) played compositions of Carter, Staudl, Jarrel, Hosokawa and Shepherd. I am no expert on comtemporary classical music, so I went with…

The library

I am waiting for 2017. It’s when the new city library is supposed to be ready for the celebration of 100th anniversary of Finnish independence.   On this webpage  you can watch the offical video of the announcement of the winner and assessment of the six best entries (scroll down to the bottom of the…