The Sounds of Luosto

29.7 — 1.8.2021

  • Organizer

    Kuusikko soi ry.

  • Location

The “Sounds of Luosto”-festival brings classical music back to Luosto and Pyhä

Classical music returns to the fells of central Lapland. This new four-day festival will be organized 30.7-2.8.2020.

The theme for the 2020 festival is nature and climate. In addition to musical performances, the festival will also feature enrichment lectures and other side events

The Sounds of Luosto is a new series of events featuring classical music over four days set in the beautiful surroundings of Sodankylä, Luosto and Pyhä. The festival takes place annually.

The festival will present top Finnish and international artists in breath-taking locations in Lapland. The Sounds of Luosto follows in the footsteps of the renowned Luosto Classic -festival.

In addition to musical performances, the festival will also feature enrichment lectures and other side events.

The festival will occur on the same week as the Nuorten LuostoClassic music camp. Attenders of the Sounds of Luosto festival will also have the possibility to attend, among other events, the main concert of the music camp on 1.8.


Thursday 30.7.2020:
The opening event will feature a world premier performance of a work that has been commissioned from a young composer. Later that evening, there will be a piano recital celebrating the semiquincentennial of Beethoven. The program will feature music from Beethoven and a piece by the composer Kalevi Aho inspired by Beethoven’s Hammerklavier sonata.

Friday 31.7.2020:
The day begins with an interactive performance by a small group of musicians, taking place in the historic Sodankylä church. In the evening the program continues with a concert built around the theme “The End of Times. The audience will be treated to musical performances depicting destruction, among others the events that took place in Auschwitz or compositions that have been born in the catastrophic events of the ravaged Europe during World War II. The mood will be lightened later that evening with to the tune of music performed by Big Band.

Saturday 1.8.2020:
The main event of the festival takes place in the fell scenery of Ukko-Luosto. The open-air event will feature the Lapland Chamber Orchestra, playing music by Sibelius and Aho. The day will draw to a close with a night-concert at the Chapel of the Northern Lights in Pyhä.

Sunday 2.8.2020:
Peaceful concert of baroque and contemporary music played on accordion at the log-church of Sodankylä. The festival is wrapped up in an afternoon concert taking place at the Sodankylä new church.

The total number of concerts at the festival is 9. The artistic director of the Sounds of Luosto festival is a young Finnish-American conductor Aku Sorensen.

In addition to the Lapland Chamber orchestra, the festival will feature different chamber music groups and soloists, amongst them the musicians of the Helsinki Chamber Orchestra.

The program is tentative. The organizers reserve the rights to any alterations.

Organizing body: Kuusikko soi -association.

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