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Time of Music offered unforgettable concert experiences and spatial works

Time of Music would like to warmly thank everyone for last week’s festival! Many thanks to the audience, artists, partners and our staff! Held in Viitasaari July 4–9, the festival’s highlights were the visits of London Sinfonietta and other top ensembles, premieres of new works and impressive spatial works. The contemporary music festival built around… Read more »

Kaija Saariaho 1952–2023

The premature passing of composer and Academician Kaija Saariaho is a tremendous loss, not only to her close ones but also to the whole Finnish and international music audience; it is a loss that we will be mourning for a long time. I remember well how in spring 2018 we began to talk with Kaija… Read more »

Time of Music is approaching

London Sinfonietta and Hans Werner Henze’s Voices, Riot Ensemble’s concert in the dark, Joan La Barbara and John Cage – these and many other top moments you will experience at Viitasaari, Finland, from 4th to 9th of July. There is only a week left until the start of the Time of Music festival, so now… Read more »

Composer’s comment: When politics turns into an environmental war

Composer Riikka Talvitie thinks about the influencing possibilities of arts and wants to break the boundaries between different fields. The goal of Green Tress, which operates in the Kurdish region of northeastern Syria, is to plant four million trees over five years and significantly increase the area of green spaces. The citizens’ initiative, started by… Read more »

The entire programme of Time of Music has been published

Finland’s oldest annual contemporary music festival gathers the top names of contemporary music to Viitasaari again from 4th to 9th of July. The festival will be opened by London Sinfonietta, who are visiting Finland for the first time in 30 years. Other guests include for example the composer-singer Joan La Barbara, the Swedish ensemble Norrbotten NEO… Read more »

Time of music presents a communal spatial work and a concert in the dark

The Quatuor Bozzini string quartet bring a spatial work to Viitasaari – a concert in which anyone can be a part of the performance. This year’s theme at Time of Music, Voices and Spaces, also manifests itself through a concert in a pitch-dark concert hall. John Cage’s visit 40 years ago will be remembered in… Read more »

Come and join a communal sound and space work!

Are you a music hobbyist or a professional musician? Do you play an instrument that allows you to play long notes very quietly? Study the attached sheet music, tuning and instructions for the piece and think about whether you would like to join our project! We are looking for a variety of instruments from double… Read more »

London Sinfonietta opens Time of Music

One of the world’s leading contemporary music groups London Sinfonietta brings to Viitasaari Hans Werner Henze’s masterpiece Voices to be heard for the first time in Finland. The large song cycle will be performed as a set of two concerts on 4th-5th of July. The theme of the Time of Music festival 2023, “Voices &… Read more »

John Cage: Song Books, with Joan La Barbara, stage / music director

Course Description John Cage: Song Books is a performance-based course  for singers, instrumentalists, actors, composers, and those working with electronics. Song Books (composed in 1970) is a large-scale theater-work consisting of 90 “Solos” which is put together by the performers who choose which Solos they will perform and map them over an agreed-upon duration timeline.The… Read more »