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KSO will take audience to green landscapes on 29th of February

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Published 22.02.2024

Jakob Korányi as soloist of Andrea Tarrodi’s cello concerto

The Kuopio Symphony Orchestra’s season concert Living Green on Thursday 29th of February at 6 pm will take the audience to the highlands of Scotland and the sunshine of Italy under the baton of Jessica Cottis, who is returning to Kuopio. One of Europe’s most interesting young cellists, Jakob Korányi, will be the soloist, performing Andrea Tarrodi’s cello concerto inspired by the Scottish highlands. The concert held at the Kuopio Music Centre Concert Hall opens with Michael Tippett’s Fantasy on a theme of Corelli that goes from darkness to light, and after the interval, Felix Mendessohn’s fourth symphony will take the listeners to an Italian atmosphere.

The KSO’s Living Green concert on the 29th of February conducted by Jessica Cottis begins with Michael Tippett’s polyphonic Fantasy on a theme by Corelli, commissioned by the Edinburgh Festival in 1953 to celebrate Corelli’s 300th anniversary. It is by far Tippett’s most popular composition.

Andrea Tarrodi’s cello concerto Highlands, dedicated to Jakob Korányi, belongs to Tarrodi’s compositions inspired by nature. The work was inspired by the green hills of Scotland and the tops of the steep cliffs. The composer has said: “On some level, Highlands is also related to power and struggle – primarily the power and struggle of nature, but also in a certain way to everyone’s own…”. Interpreting the piece, Swedish cellist Jakob Korányi is one of Europe’s most interesting young soloists. He has performed extensively in various parts of Europe both as a chamber musician and as a soloist in orchestras. Korányi is a passionate opponent of climate change and has therefore given up all air travel and fossil fuel car travel. He arrives in Kuopio by a ship-train combination.

After the intermission, Felix Mendessohn’s fourth symphony transports listeners to Italy, whose sunny atmosphere and art the composer enjoyed before writing the symphony. Researchers have connected Mendelssohn’s letters from Italy and the symphony in such a way that they think the first part describes Venice, the second part the Easter processions in Rome and the third part refers to the palaces of Florence.

On the same day, 29th of February at 12 o’clock the audience can enjoy the KSO open rehearsal, where the orchestra will play a piece from the evening’s concert programme under the baton of Jessica Cottis. Admission to the open rehearsal is free. In addition, there is also lunch available at Restaurant Oodi from 11 am to 2 pm. The price of lunch is €11.

Before the concert, at 5.30 pm at the Hall of Light there will be Pre-Talk Interviews of the guest artists.

Tickets: 33 € / 27 € senior citizens and groups min. 20 persons / 11 € children under the age of 16 and students / 4 € concert day discount ticket for students and young people under the age of 20.

Producer & Publicity Manager Elina Prepula, tel. 044 718 2364, elina.prepula(at)kuopio.fi
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