Kuopio
Orchestra rehearsal at Kuopio Music Centre

My spring season finale was a concert dedicated to 125 years of Prokofiev, and it was also a joint effort between Kuopio Symphony orchestra and St Michel Strings. We rehearsed in Kuopio, and then performed the program twice, in Kuopio and in Mikkeli. The last time I conducted the Kuopio Symphony was at Savonlinna Opera Festival four years ago, but this was my actual concert debut with them and in the great acoustic of the Kuopio Music Center.

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Acoustic rehearsal with Clara at Mikaeli

I could again consider myself lucky for having the wonderful Clara-Jumi Kang as my soloist, playing one of her favorite concertos, Prokofiev's 2nd violin concerto. I was happy we could meet so soon after our previous project with was my Mariinsky Theatre debut with a full Sibelius program. In Kuopio and Mikkeli I conducted also Prokofiev's 1st symphony "Classical" and Schumann's 3rd symphony "Rhenish". At least I found it a lovely coincidence that we had both Clara and Schumann in the same program (which musician doesn't think of Clara Schumann if they name their daughter Clara!).

There was another nice coincidence (and a pleasant reunion) when just four days later I met in Helsinki David Zinman who came to conduct the Finnish Radio Orchestra, and they had Schumann's "Rhenish" in their program as well!