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Ospiti italiani a Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival



Ospiti italiani a Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival


For two frenetic weeks in July, Kuhmo in Eastern Finland is host to a chamber music festival attracting thousands of music lovers. In that fortnight, this town of 9,000 inhabitants echoes to the sound of music against a backcloth of a lake that almost laps the walls of the concert halls in the clear, unbelievable northern light.

The concerts are held at the Kuhmo Arts Centre, in the Lentua Hall renowned for its excellent acoustics, at the festival's cult locale, Kontio School, and in Kuhmo's beautiful wooden church. The concert venues are all within walking distance of one another, or bicycles are a popular means of getting about, for artists and audiences alike. Music is everywhere, there are concerts from morning to late at night, and people just live for the music. In the evenings, gathered round an open fire in the yard of the festival restaurant, musicians and festival-goers get together and strike up friendships.

In just over 45 years, Kuhmo Chamber Music has grown to become one of the world's foremost music festivals. As early as 1989, the prestigious American journal Connoisseur was already calling it "possibly the best anywhere". In summer 2014 the British Financial Times described it as "a remarkable event, where unfettered creative idealism reigns. The Austrian music magazine Festspiele has rated Kuhmo among the world's leading festivals in 2008−2015.

Each year Kuhmo adopts a different theme. This year Kuhmo will become a Global Village. Artistic Director Vladimir Mendelssohn points out that Kuhmo was in fact a global village long before the concept itself emerged. "Now Kuhmo is like the Tower of Babel", he says. "Artists from all over the world come to Kuhmo. The idea is that these inhabitants of the Global Village will bring to next year's Festival music from their own countries – the sounds that represent their own culture best."

The Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival will run from 10 to 23 July this summer. Altogether 150 artists around the world will come and play at the Festival. The number of concerts will be over 70, 4–5 per day.

In addition to the main concerts there will be children's concerts, student concerts, talks on the programmes for the day, instrument demonstrations, meetings with artists, art exhibitions and workshops. Together these will amount to some 30 events.

"Do not miss the festival," says Mendelssohn, "for it will never happen again in the same way under the same stars."

Welcome to Kuhmo – the capital city of chamber music!

Brochure in the pdf format: Advance brochure 2016


Italian guests: Romina Basso, Alberto Mesirca, Francesco Pedrini and Andrea Rucli

Photo: Stefan Bremer (detail)




Data: Da Dom 10 Lug 2016 a Sab 23 Lug 2016

Organizzato da : Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival

Ingresso : A pagamento