• About the Music

  • Top performers from Saariaho's native Finland—including Avanti! Chamber Orchestra and soprano Karita Mattila—reveal the color and variety of her orchestral and vocal writing, while also introducing New York city audiences to works by composers whom Saariaho admires. French vocal ensemble Solistes XXI performs Saariaho's lesser known—but equally beautiful—choral music, set to a multimedia installation by video artist Jean-Baptiste Barrière. And The Cleveland Orchestra gives the New York premiere of her atmospheric Laterna magica. Young composers benefit from Saariaho's insight when she leads a Professional Training Workshop with Finnish cellist Anssi Karttunen on writing for solo strings.
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