St Petersburg, Concert Hall

The Tapiola chorus

With the programm A Light in the Window

Artistic Director and Conductor: Pasi Hyökki

Karin Rehnqvist
I himmelen

Jean Sibelius
Four choruses to the texts Kalevala and Kanteletar, Op. 18 Nos 1-4

Pavel Chesnokov
Blessing of the Virgin Mary

Zoltán Kodaly
Ave Maria

Bengt Johansson
Cum essem parvulus

Arvo Pärt
Peace upon You, Jerusalem

Jean Sibelius
Two Choruses, Op. 108

Einojuhani Rautavaara
Suite de Lorca

Jukka Linkola
Primitive Music

Jean Sibelius
Two Male Choruses to texts by Aleksis Kivi, Op. 18 Nos 5-6

Knut Nystad
Immortal Bach

About the performers

During its fifty-year-long history, the Tapiola Choir has evolved from a school choir into one of the world’s best-known children’s and youth ensembles. The choir is famous for its distinctive sound, known as “the Tapiola sound”. Since it was established more than five hundred boys and girls have sung in the Tapiola Choir. The Tapiola Choir was founded by Erkki Pohjola in 1963 and his work was continued by Kari Ala-Pöllänen from 1994 to 2008. Currently the choir is conducted by one of its own alumni, Pasi Hyökki. Around seventy young musicians between the ages of nine and eighteen sing in the Tapiola Choir. In addition to singing, all of them play at least one instrument. Their performances are a rich combination of playing instruments, choreography and the indigenous Finnish style of singing.
The Tapiola Choir performs actively in Finland and abroad. Their annual Christmas concerts have been a tradition since the 1960s. The choir has won several distinguished choral competitions and made dozens of recordings. Their repertoire is highly diverse, and several Finnish and foreign composers have written music for these young singers.

Age category 6+

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