Joensuu Winter Music Festival 2022 – New Times
It is the time of year when we get to enjoy Joensuu Winter Music Festival’s diverse concert program!
The festival takes place from February 22nd till 27th with a theme New Times. The theme symbolizes many things, such as new repertoire with performers and a new premiere. A new time will come for Joensuu Winter Music Festival after this spring, when the term of artistic director and chief conductor of the Joensuu City Orchestra, Eero Lehtimäki, will end in Joensuu. The new artistic partners, Duo Tiksola (Minna Pensola and Antti Tikkanen), will take over from autumn 2022.
When designing the theme, there was a hopeful idea of a new attempt to combine the Joensuu City Orchestra and the Karelian State Philharmonic in Joensuu Winter Music Festival. Unfortunately, the restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic changed our plans again. We hope that a new time will come to enable the joint concert again.
However, the Joensuu City Orchestra is honored to premiere the work Valse-Polonaise by the Russian composer Pavel Karmanov. Karmanov is one of the three composers of the Karelia Suite commissioned for the project. The concert will also feature Cecilia Damström's Nixus commissioned by the project, as well as Jean Françaix's Hommage à l'ami Papageno and Jean Sibelius's Pelléas et Mélisande. The free concert can also be watched on the Joensuu City Orchestra's YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/i4gObqwMX1Y
The planning and organizing the Joensuu Winter Music Festival has not been completely problem-free. The restrictions on gathering imposed by the Regional State Administrative Agency overshadowed the planning of the event until the very last few weeks. Due to this uncertainty, two events had to be left out of the original program: The Joensuu Opera Association’s Womans Voice and the market place event for whole family. In addition, due to an illness, the church concert Old and New will be canceled.
However, there was a “new times” for the event: Restrictions on the gathering were lifted just over a week before Joensuu Winter Music Festival. So, after a year break, the doors of the concert halls are open to the audience!
Current information about the festival can be found
Warm Welcome to the Joensuu Winter Music Festival!