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Festival: Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival

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A night in Kuhmo © Hagai Shaham
A night in Kuhmo
© Hagai Shaham

July 14th - July 28th 2018

In the last two weeks of July, Kuhmo will be a place of dreams, because the theme of the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival this year is 'The Dream Merchants'. There will be even more in store this time, as the Festival will actually begin on Saturday 14 July, and for two whole weeks there will be almost a hundred different events. The final concerts will take place on Saturday 28 July. 

As well as the more traditional major chamber works, such as the famous Trout Quintet, there will be surprises, novelties and exotic experiences. Among the big works on offer are Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto and Schubert's Unfinished Symphony, both being performed with Historically informed (HIP) line-ups. There will also be a chamber version of the popular opera Carmen. "Everything has been done with this opera except paring it down; in this version we get to the music's core," says Artistic Director Vladimir Mendelssohn about Peter Brook's legendary version. 

The dream continues with more than one hundred top musicians from home and abroad, such as pianist Nino Gvetadze, winner of the Sibelius Violin Competition 2010 Nikita Boriso-Glebsky, cellist and conductor Klaus Mäkelä, clarinettists Lauri Sallinen and Christoffer Sundqvist, the bandoneon artist Marcelo Nisinman and the singer Romina Basso. Ensembles include the Meta4, Borea, Danel and Enesco string quartets and the Storioni Trio. 

For full information, visit the Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival Website.

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