Visit starts with guided house tour that covers the history and architecture of the house and introduces the premises of Sibelius Hall.
Sibelius Hall was completed in 2000, set around the birthplace of Lahti's industrial history, where the merchants Carl J Unonius and Knut Hj Cassel started a steam sawmill in 1869. The timber from the Lake Päijänne area was transported to Lahti for processing and was further transported by rail to the rest of the world. Factory operations in the harbour area ceased in the 1980s and thereafter efforts for the current harbour marketplace began.
After house tour get to experience Sibelius Finland Experience that is a journey into the musical world of Jean Sibelius and into Finland at the same time. Concert, which lasts a little bit less than one hour, is a mixture of organ music and visualizations. Illustrations are made by icon of graphic design Erik Bruun .His art is a key to understand Finnish nature and mind, so like compositions of Sibelius.
Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957) is the national composer of Finland. On the concert we will listen to symphonic poem “Finlandia” (1899), ”Sad Valse” (Valse triste) and also suite “Karelia», which presents Finnish nature and relationship with it . The music of Sibelius is opening out human nature and wild nature at the same time. In that way, his music affects all of us around the World. Ideas which were put by composer into the music speaks to generations.
Vesa Koskimaa, organ
Vesa Ruotonen, moderator
Suitable for all ages.
Concert duration – 45 minutes without pauses
Produced by Airtouch Oy and Lahti Sibelius Hall