Finland 100 years - Gala Concert

This whole year, Finland celebrates 100 years of independence! World-famous conductor Jukka-Pekka Saraste offers a smorgasbord of Finnish music, from Jean Sibelius and Leevi Madetoja to Kaija Saariaho.

*The concert on December 6 is subscribed, and will be livestreamed on our Play.beta

In 1899, Jean Sibelius wrote music for a protest against the Russian empire which employed censorship and intensive ‘russification’ campaigns in Finland. The final movement was taken out and lives on as the beloved, national romantic tone poem Finlandia. Kaija Saariaho is considered one of the world’s best living composers. Her Ciel d’Hiver, Winter Sky, is an enchanting depiction of nature in tender winter dress. Sibelius’ student Leevi Madetoja was considered one of the teacher’s foremost successors, known not least for his operas, represented here by a number of romances performed by Finnish opera singer Karita Mattila.




The Swedish Radio Choir is one of the best choirs in the world. Since 1925, it has performed new music and become an important instrument for contemporary composers, but it also has a strong voice when it comes to the classical choral repertoire. The choir received its international breakthrough under the leadership of legendary conductor Eric Ericson.

The Swedish Radio Choir is a mountaineer of the music world – it goes on ahead and decides the direction for others to follow. Several hundred years of Swedish a cappella tradition in combination with forward-looking and a culturally diverse repertoire, and collaborations with some of the best conductors in the world, have established the Swedish Radio Choir as one of the best ensembles of its kind. Through Swedish Radio P2, the choir reaches vast numbers of listeners on-air and online, as well as the concert audience.

Concert length: 2 h incl. intermission