XVII Kokkola Winter Accordion 15-22.2.2015
The 17th Kokkola Winter Accordion promises an entertaining and diverse lineup of acclaimed accordion artists in a mid-winter festival that is sure to please.
The festival week starts on a sporty note on Sunday, February 15 with Accordion Orienteering at West Park school. Orienteers from around the country will complete various courses to the sound of the accordion. Sunday’s coffee concert will welcome the beloved songsters Kokkolan Tiernapojat, who will join forces with the K30 Orchestra while Aku-Petteri Pahkamäki hosts the afternoon coffee hour. The coffee concert is a part of Middle Ostrobothnia anniversary celebration.
In the evening, city tour guides will give the curious a chance to experience the Kokkola of days past with a tour of the city’s historic quarter, Neristan, while the city conservatory welcomes the ESSe Quintet from St. Petersburg in all its Russian splendor. With events like these, the festival is sure to get off to a great start.
Free concerts, Wagner, lectures …
At this kick-off event, Raimo Vertainen, Winter Accordion artistic director, will proudly present a program of festival highlights, which will include event announcements and news, as well as a few surprises.
As at previous festivals, more than half of the events are free. And there’s something for everyone: children’s concerts and musical moments will take place in and around the city, and winter Accordion even offers concerts at seven nursing homes in Kokkola as well as Kronoby. I am especially proud of our collaboration with Jakobstad and the Swedish-speaking accordion community, says Vertainen, who continues:
Together with the master – an evening with Richard Wagner’s music at the conservatory on Tuesday evening promises to be an outstanding, world-class event. For the first time in Kokkola, Wagner’s music will be performed to accordion music and a baritone. As an added touch, the music will include a narrative accompaniment on the composer’s life. Also on Wednesday evening, the conservatory will present ”Under a Parisan Sky,” featuring Jari Hakkarainen, Petri Ikkelä and Helena Plathan.
Roman Schatz also can be seen and heard earlier on Tuesday in the Karleby Institute’s ballroom, giving lectures on Finnish culture shock. Friday brings FD Marko Tikka’s history book on the Finnish accordion at the city library’s Hongell Hall. Tikka’s work is the first comprehensive look at the accordion’s history in Finland.
Jakobstad, YLE, Virta and the Tango King
There is power in numbers – carrying on in Jakobstad, a crowd of eager accordion students will, among other things, let loose on the accordion in our neighboring town. The students will hit the lunchtime rush on the Campus Allegro, while the evening concert at Schaumans Hall will consist of the Soulful Tones and M.A. Numminen; and Pedro Hietanen will take the stage for Thursday’s Jazz evening at O’Leary’s pub. Friday’s collaboration will feature the Central Ostrobothnia Chamber Orchestra. At X Three – the conductor and chaplain will be Anna-Maria Helsing; the soloist is Niko Kumpuvaraara on accordion. YLE Radio 1 will broadcast the concert starting at 19.00 in Kokkola, says a pleased Virtainen.
At the Winter Accordion’s close, audiences will yet again enjoy the Guardia Nueva’s Grand Performance Concert. This year’s performance will celebrate Olavi Virta, as February 2015 will mark 100 years since Virta’s birth, and his most beloved pieces will be performed. As a special treat, Ticotico will premier a special re-arrangement. Guardia Nueva’s soloists will be Satamakadun Seireenit in Harmony Sisters – and also for the first time the ruling Tango King Teemu Roivainen.
The whole week’s program can be found at: www.talviharmonikka.com, for additional information, contact Raimo Vertainen at 0505118387