The year 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of composer Jean Sibelius. Having commissioned and premiered most of Sibelius' male choir works, the YL will celebrate the maestro with a series of concerts in Finland and abroad, namely Lahti, Helsinki, Ludwigsburg (Germany), Zürich and Bern (Switzerland), Tampere, Järvenpää and Hämeenlinna. See the event calendar for more details.
Make sure to attend the big Sibelius outdoor anniversary concert on August 15th at the Senate square, brought to you by YL, the Helsinki Philharmonic and the Helsinki Festival. More info here .
The YL will continue its touring with concerts a cappella at the Festival d'Ile de France in Paris on September 26-27. More information from the Festival website .
Recently, YL toured Germany and Switzerland in May 2015, with concerts at the Ludwigsburger Schlossfestspiele, St. Peter's Church in Zürich and Kultur Casino Bern. The concerts in Ludwigsburg and Bern featured Sibelius' Op. 7 Kullervo with orchestra, soprano and barytone. The concert in Zürich included a cappella masterpieces from Sibelius and his compatriots.
The YL has received rave reviews from the 2015 concert tours. The Berner Zeitungin critic Oliver Meier repeatedly spells the Finnish name of choir wondering how something with such a marvelous sound can be so difficult to pronounce. In Ludwigsburg, Germany, the Südwest Presse claims YL "almost stole the entire show" on the Festival opening concert. The review finishes by claiming that "the Finns had conquered the Forum".
In 2014 YL gave concerts in March at the Konzerthaus Berlin and the Nikolaikirche of Potsdam. The critics seemed to be fond of the performances. The Berliner Zeitung described YL as "stunning" and described the singing as a "battaillon of roaring bassoons: strong, firm, pure and precise in diction."
The a cappella concert was described as "rich in timbre and expression" by the Potsdam Neue Nachrichte .
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