Denmark celebrates Kaija Saariaho

Denmark celebrates Kaija Saariaho
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Kaija Saariaho will celebrate her 70th birthday in 2022.

Copenhagen Phil and the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen celebrate the Finnish composer with three fascinating concerts on February 11-12.

February 11

Graal théâtre
Vers toi qui es si loin (for solo Violin and strings orchestra)

Copenhagen Phil
Clément Mao-Takacs, conductor
Peter Herresthal, violin
Thomas Kellner, actor

Copenhagen Phil and the French conductor Clément Mao-Takacs set the Sonning-award-winning Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho up against one of her greatest colleagues of the past, the opera composer Richard Wagner. Two composers with a fascination for the myth of the Holy Grail.

The Grail is a symbol of the goal we all strive for. We all have different goals, if we even know what that goal is. But the goal keeps us going. So says Kaija Saariaho, who in 2021 was named ‘composer of the year’ by New York Times/Joshua Baron. Her world of sound is deeply personal, often with a glimmer of transparency, even when the entire large symphony orchestra comes into use.

February 12
Celebration of Composer Kaija Saariaho

Students from the Royal Danish Academy of Music
With video introductions by Kaija Saariaho

Part 1

Adriana Songs: Jardin d’automne
Je sens un deuxième coeur
From the Grammar of Dreams
Six Japanese Gardens
Trois Rivières

Part 2

Die Aussicht
Im Traume
Tempest Songbook (selection)
Changing Light
Dolce Tormento
Leinolaulut – Leino Songs

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