Sun 16 Aug 2015 7.00 pm
Mon 17 Aug 2015 7.00 pm
Tue 18 Aug 2015 7.00 pm
Sonore, Helsinki Music Centre

Composition: Antti Auvinen
Libretto: Harry Salmenniemi
Director: Teemu Mäki

Helsingin kamarikuoro

Mirjam Solomon, soprano
Jarno Lehtola, tenor
Sampo Haapaniemi, baritone
Nils Schweckendiek, conductor

 Antti Auvinen  Autuus (world premiere)

Does God command us to kill? The themes involved in Autuus (Bliss) include religious violence, the relationship between an individual and a community, marginalisation and the frailty of the mind. The background for the work is a true story from Kangaslampi, Finland in the spring of 1881, when Chaplain Woldemar Hofström murdered his brother with a mallet.

The events in the work progress on several time lines, and the work is also musically and visually multi-layered. The overall audio production is the compilation of video material, along with soloists, a choir and a band on the stage.

The work was jointly commissioned from composer Antti Auvinen by defunensemble and the Helsinki Chamber Choir. The stage performance is directed by Teemu Mäki. This work is being premiered at the Helsinki Festival.

Tickets: 37,50€ / 22,50€ from Lippupalvelu

In collaboration with: Helsinki Festival, defunensemble

The concert will be broadcast on Yle Radio 1.

The lines of each section of the choir were straight and clear, as if played by instruments, and yet soft and flexible, supporting an unbroken sense of breathing. Each group sang with pure intonation and the resonance between the voices took on a life of its own, so that the whole space was filled with ringing colours.
Hannu-Ilari Lampila,
Helsingin Sanomat, Finland