BRQ | Vantaa Festival

Welcome to the BRQ Vantaa Festival!

As in previous years, the festival offers a cornucopia of diverse and intriguing programming that this year focuses on Baroque music, without forgetting new music. The theme of the festival is "The Human Voice," which can be heard throughout the festival days: women sing, and men take on speaking roles.

We are delighted to welcome back mezzo-soprano Marianne Beate Kielland, who captivated the audience at the 2012 festival. She continues the series of Bach cantatas she began a few years ago and will also interpret music by Purcell. Master of the Baroque harp, Andrew Lawrence-King will give a fascinating solo concert themed around the old music of the Baltic Sea region. Other international musicians will perform with the top old music ensemble BRQ Vantaa Ensemble in several concerts during the festival.

Newcomers to the old music scene will have their own concert evening, and the interdisciplinary Green Fairy performance promises to provoke thought. Our new head producer, Eero Saunamäki, will appear as a recorder player in several concerts. We are also participating again in the Helsinga Medieval Day, and an array of surprise programs is promised for the Night of the Arts! A new concert venue this year is Teatteri Vantaa, and our familiar venues are the Church of St. Lawrence in Vantaa and Tikkurila Church, whose acoustics are ideally suited to the festival's repertoire.

We hope you find something to your liking at this year's BRQ Vantaa Festival. Welcome and enjoy the music with us!

Markku Luolajan-Mikkola,
Artistic Director

Eero Saunamäki,
Executive Producer

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