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Experience Helsinki’s World-Class Cultural Offerings at the Helsinki Festival, Featuring FRSO conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and a Special Classical Music Performance by President Stubb

A new concert version of the Khovanshchina opera performed by the Radio Symphony Orchestra (FRSO) conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen has been added to the programme of the Helsinki Festival. The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s request concert will include music requested by the President of the Republic of Finland, Alexander Stubb. The Night of the Arts will feature Lauri Porra’s free music experience in Senate Square with over a hundred basses.

The Helsinki Festival, organized by the Helsinki Events Foundation, aims to bring high-quality and diverse cultural events to the city. The foundation focuses on sustainability and inclusivity, with many events being free of charge and accessible to all. The Night of the Arts and Helsinki Day encourage locals to participate in urban culture events.

Esa-Pekka Salonen, recipient of the Polar Music Prize, will lead the interpretation of Modest Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina opera with the FRSO, Latvian Radio Choir, and soloists including Mika Kares. The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra’s request concert explores the positive effects of classical music on mental wellbeing, featuring selected pieces by prominent figures.

The Night of the Arts celebrates its 35th anniversary with a mass gathering of bass instruments in Senate Square. Composer Lauri Porra will present a new composition involving over 125 bass voices. Additionally, the AI Helsinki exhibition by Kevin Abosch will open during the festival, showcasing synthetic photography.

The Night of the Arts offers a chance for locals to showcase their events and culture to international visitors. The Helsinki Festival will run from August 15 to September 1, 2024, providing a unique cultural experience in the heart of Helsinki.

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