Greetings from the artistic board
The new board wishes you a happy new year 2023! The members of the board are Laura Kajander (Executive Manager) as well as Anthony Marini and Marianna Henriksson (Artistic Planners). The trio has already started working, with a positive outlook to the future. The former board has manoeuvred FiBO with a steady hand through the most difficult COVID times, and that is a good starting point for FiBO’s ever more international, high-class plans.
The model, in which FiBO is governed by an artistic board, represents the core of our orchestra’s essence: we are an orchestra built upon the different strengths of our members. Instead of one artistic director, our governing structure benefits from the strength of a teamwork providing plans for the long term. This work includes the planning of concert series, supported by a common thread (like in this spring’s repertoire), but especially important is cherishing the relation between the orchestra and its most important partner – that being you, dear member of our audience!
THE RESIDENCY SERIES AT THE HOUSE OF NOBILITY
Back to basics – the leading concept in FiBO’s residency series this spring is getting back to the foundation of Baroque orchestra performance. The three concert programmes at the House of Nobility takes different approaches to this mission. The FiBO Concertante programme contains music from the core of the orchestra repertoire of the Middle Baroque period, works by Vivaldi and Händel. The concert In stil moderno takes us back to the source of the Baroque music, to the new styles of the turn of the 17th century which created the foundations for the affective expression of the later Baroque music. The programme of the Nordic Elements concert looks at the building blocks of the Universe: the elements in Rebel’s suite Les Elemens and other works reflecting the forces of Nature.
TOP EUROPEAN CHOIRS SERIES
We are happy to welcome the British choir Arcangelo to continue our Top European Choirs series. Topi Lehtipuu conducts the choir in Johann Sebastian Bach’s St. John Passion, together with FiBO and a glorious ensemble of soloists.
Our co-operation with the soprano Carolyn Sampson is among the most awaited projects of the beginning of the year. We perform the programme Un’alma innamorata in the Helsinki Old Church, Järvenpää Church as well as in the famous Wigmore Hall in London.
As customary, FiBO will also perform as the orchestra of several productions of St. Matthew’s Passion. These include for instance the traditional Suomen Laulu’s St. Matthew’s Passion in St. John’s Church.
NEWS FROM THE REGIONAL PROJECT
The Helsinki model project known as Sprouts of the Northeast (Koillisen versoja) begins its second year in northeast Helsinki. During spring, musicians from FiBO will perform at the Festival of Light (Valon juhla), the Six o’clock tea evenings in Tapulikaupunki and Siltamäki as well as at several Taidejumppa events which will be announced at a later date. The school concerts in March in Puistola Church and at the House of Nobility will provide younger listeners a taste of the Baroque.