The program for the 2020 Sounds of Luosto festival consists of nine concerts. Over the course of four days, performances will tell a story of music, nature, and humankind.

You can view the price for each performance under each concert. You can purchase tickets already for a discounted price. You can view all tickets currently available on Ticketmaster.

We also have an Early-Bird festival pass available until 31.5.2020


THURSDAY 30.7.2020

17.00 – 18.30 Sunrise – Opening concert of the Sounds of Luosto
Santa’s Hotel Aurora, Luosto

Presale 52.00 eur
Door 55.00 eur

Livia Schweizer, flute
Helmi Malmgren, clarinet
Joonas Pekonen, violin
Elisar Riddelin, violin
Aku Sorensen, violin
Vuokko Lahtinen, viola
Saara Kurki, viola
Saara Särkimäki, cello
Laura Martin, cello

Like every new day, the Sounds of Luosto music festival will begin with a sunrise. The opening concert begins with the first movement of Haydn’s Sunrise quartet, before being followed by another sun-related piece: Aftab Darvishi’s “Daughters of Sol”. The concert concludes with a new work by young composer-violinist Elisar Riddelin, commissioned for the opening of this new festival.


Haydn String Quartet Op. 76 no. 4 “Sunrise”, mvt. 1
Darvishi Daughters of Sol
This piece was commissioned for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, a project of the Kronos Performing Arts Association.
The score and parts are available for free online
Riddelin Voara (world premiere)


20.00 Happy Birthday, Mr. Beethoven
Revontulikappeli, Pyhätunturi
Tarmo Järvilehto, piano

Presale 32.00 eur / 11.00 eur
Door 35.00 eur / 13.00 eu

2020 is the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, and no festival would be complete without a tribute to this legendary composer. Beethoven famously used nature as a source of inspiration whenever writing music got too hard, and this program features one of his great masterpieces for piano, the Diabelli Variations, performed by Finnish pianist Tarmo Järvilehto. The first half features the second piano sonata of Kalevi Aho, his “Hommage a Beethoven”, which will be introduced by the composer himself.


Aho Piano Sonata No. 2 “Hommage a Beethoven”
Beethoven Diabelli Variations


FRIDAY 31.7.2020

13.00 – 14.00 In the Garden
Historic Church of Sodankylä

Presale 22.50 eur / 11.00 eur
Door 25.00 eur / 13.00 eur

Livia Schweizer, flute
Laura Martin, cello
Helmi Malmgren, clarinet

In the beautiful old church of Sodankylä, we take an afternoon to visit a beautiful garden. Sometimes meditative, sometimes full of energy, the garden is home to many wonderful creatures: nightingales, butterflies, woodpeckers and more. It is also a place for moments of self-reflection and meditation. The concert dances quickly from new to old, like a bumblebee flitting from flower to flower.


Oliveros Tuning Meditation
Pisaro Within
Couperin Rossignol en Amour
Saariaho Sept Papillons
Hildegard Für Maria
Vasks Landscape with Birds
Leinonen Harmaapäätikka


19.00 © 21.00 The End of Times
Ravintola Vaisko, Luosto

Presale 32.00 eur / 11.00 eur
Door 35.00 / 13.00 eur

Livia Schweizer, flute
Minna Ristamäki, accordion
Helmi Malmgren, clarinet
Joonas Pekonen, violin
Elisar Riddelin, violin
Aku Sorensen, violin
Saara Kurki, viola
Saara Särkimäki, cello
Laura Martin, cello
Martin Malmgren, piano

The world is in crisis. Forests burn, glaciers melt, waters rise… Some cannot help but feel that the end times have come. In this concert, we look at the last time the whole world was aflame, through the eyes of those that lived it, and those that looked back on it. The program consists of music from the second world war, both pieces written in the concentration camps, and pieces that reacted later to the horror of it all. The concert teaches us lessons from the past. It reminds us that the apocalypse can be survived. It commands us to remember. It tells us: we must make it through.


Nono Ricorda cosa ti hanno fatto in Auschwitz
Flothuis Aubade
Shostakovich String Quartet no. 3
Trojan The Ruined Cathedral
Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time


22.00 – 24.00 Light Jazz at Twilight
Ravintola Punakettu, Luosto
Sodankylä Big Band

Presale 17.50 eur
Door 20.00 eur

The world may be in crisis, but it’s not all doom and gloom. After a heavy concert, the evening lightens up to the beats of big band.


SATURDAY 1.8.2020

13.00 – 15.00 The Sounds of Luosto
Ukko-Luosto Outdoor Stage
Lapland Chamber Orchestra
Tomas Djupsjöbacka, conductor
Anders Paulsson, soprano saxophone

Presale 37.00 eur / 11.00 eur
Door 40.00 ur / 13.00 eur

The festival reaches its peak on the outdoor stage of Ukko-Luosto, featuring two Finnish composers who have drawn inspiration from nature over the course of their career. Kalevi Aho has been a part of music at Luosto for over 15 years, and it would not make sense to bring a festival back to Luosto without a program that heavily features his music. The program culminates in Sibelius’s fifth symphony, ending in its brilliant swan theme. The fifth symphony is a picture of Finland’s landscape, with its forests, lakes, fells, and birds. A landscape seen at its best on Ukko-Luosto.


Aho Solo X
Aho Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Chamber Orchestra
Sibelius Scene with Cranes
Sibelius Symphony no. 5 arr. Iain Farrington


16.30 Nuorten LuostoClassic Final Concert
Sodankylä New Church


23.00 Transfigured Night
Revontulikappeli, Pyhätunturi

Presale 22.50 eur / 11.00 eur
Door 25.00 eur

Vuokko Lahtinen, viola
Martin Malmgren, piano
Joonas Pekonen, violin
Elisar Riddelin, violin
Saara Kurki, viola
Saara Särkimäki, cello
Laura Martin, cello

There is little that is as beautiful or as mysterious as the night. Nothing has inspired humanity as much as looking up at the stars and wondering what lies beyond. This late-night concert seeks to capture that wonder. First, we marvel at the beauty of constellations drawn into the night sky, otherworldly and beautiful. Then, we hear the story of the transfigured night, a starry night transformed by a story of love.


Connesson Constellations
Schönberg Verklärte Nacht


SUNDAY 2.8.2020

11.30 In the Eye of the Storm
Historic Church of Sodankylä
Minna Ristamäki, accordion

Presale 22.50 eur / 11.50 eur
Door 25.00 eur

There is something incredible about the eye of the storm. A moment of peace within the chaos, a meditative moment before the rain and wind return. On this Sunday morning, accordion player Minna Ristamäki offers that small moment of peace within the storm of Luosto Soi with a solo program from 300 years of music, set to soothe the mind and prepare you for the coming storm.


Bach Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott
Rameau La Villagoise
Lohse Passing 2
Bach Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland
Lorentzen Tears
Scarlatti c-minor sonata K 11
Shostakovich d-minor Prelude and Fugue


13.30 Sivunittinni
Sodankylä County Hall

Presale 32.00 eur / 11.00 eur
Door 35.00 eur / 13.00 eur

Helmi Malmgren, clarinet
Martin Malmgren, piano
Joonas Pekonen, violin
Elisar Riddelin, violin
Aku Sorensen, violin
Saara Kurki, viola
Vuokko Lahtinen, viola
Laura Martin, cello

The word Sivunittinni means “The Future Ones” and comes from a poem by Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq. She has said that she wrote the piece of the same name with the hope to instill a bit of the land into future generations of musicians, to remind them from where they came. The rest of the program also reflects on what has once been, pasts heroic or otherwise. Widmann’s “Once Upon a Time” looks at fairytales not as “happily ever after” but as reflections of mankind’s underlying primal fears and desires. Dvorak’s Dumka Quintet reflects on a heroic past. We end the festival with a chance to remember who we once were, to reflect on it, and to move forward.


Widmann Once Upon a Time
Tanya Tagaq Sivunittinni
This piece was commissioned for Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, a project of the Kronos Performing Arts Association.
The score and parts are available for free online.
Dvorak Piano Quintet No. 2 “Dumka”


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