Sacred Music Festival

Kaikukatu 4, Helsinki, 00530 Helsinki
Cultural Centre Caisa

Organised for the third time, the festival presents Sacred Music performed by Nordic artists. The festival will also premiere Spiral, a creative collaboration by linguist and reader Mikko Viitamäki, musician Kari Ikonen and dancer Panu Varstala. The work combines ancient Persian poetry, Arab-influenced piano music and tranquil movement.

Organised for the third time, the festival presents Sacred Music performed by Nordic artists. The festival will also premiere Spiral, a creative collaboration by linguist and reader Mikko Viitamäki, musician Kari Ikonen and dancer Panu Varstala. The work combines ancient Persian poetry, Arab-influenced piano music and tranquil movement.

The ensemble Ulda base their music on traditional Sami joik. To conclude the festival, we will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Helsinki Cantor-Organists’ Association.The festival will bring music to all parts of the city. Document director Timo Korhonen has selected the films, and all of them feature sacred music.

Sacred Music Festival is an inclusive, non-political and non-denominational event. Number of audience will be restricted and hygiene practices enhanced for safety.

All concerts are held in Helsinki.

Changes to the program are possible

PROGRAMME

Thu 17.9 1:00 pm @ Maunula Church, Metsäpurontie 15

The Wilderness Rejoices: Hebrew and spiritual songs
Suvi Lehtonen-Gräsbeck, soprano, has collected Israeli songs for years. In this concert, she will be performing songs composed by Stephen Adams, Rachel Buskin, Batya Segal and Ron Weidberg, among others. Suvi Gräsbeck is accompanied by her husband and renowned pianist Folke Gräsbeck. Folke Gräsbeck will also perform Jean Sibelius’ suite Belshazzar's Feast, based on a story in the Old Testament. Free admission, programme 10 €

Fri 18.9 7:00 pm, Spiral – مارپیچ @ Paavali Church, Sammatintie 5

A dance and music performance based on poems by the beloved classical Persian poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi (d. 1273).
Performed by linguist and reader Mikko Viitamäki, musician Kari Ikonen, and dancer Panu Varstala, the performance combines ancient Persian poetry, Arab-influenced piano music and tranquil movement. The ancient Persian poems and their Finnish translations, the whirling abstract movement and piano music based on Arabic maqamat, create an atmosphere of ethereal and surreal beauty, with the three elements interacting with each other. World premiere of the performance. Tickets 10 €

Sat 19.9. 7:00 pm Ulla Pirttijärvi & Ulda @ Cultural centre Caisa, Hall, Kaikukatu 4 B

. In their instrumentation, the trio has sought inspiration from West African traditions, evoking a unique desert blues sound. 10/15 €,
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Sun 20.9 6:00 pm In the Footsteps of Bach @ Temppeliaukio Church, Lutherinkatu 3

Helsinki Cantors and Organists’ Association 70th anniversary concert. Cantors from Helsinki parishes are performing as a choir and solo. The programme includes works by Bach as well as the cantors’ own compositions. 5/10€

FILMS:

*All the films are shown in cultural center Caisa Auditorium. Free entrance

thu 17.9 6:00 pm Amazing Grace (U)

fri 18.9. 5:00 pm The Song of the Tree (U)

sat 19.9 5:00 pm Hibridos, the Spirits of Brazil (U)

sun 20.9 3:00 pm 24 Preludes for a Fugue (U)

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