Season concert

Focus Kaija Saariaho


06.10. 19.00

Madetoja Hall


Aliisa Neige Barrière


Peter Herresthal violin
Oulu Symphony Orchestra

Concert program

Outi Tarkiainen: The Ring of Fire and Love
Kaija Saariaho: Graal théâtre

Kaija Saariaho: Vista

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She has received the Grammy, Polar, Sibelius, and Grawemeyer Awards, been called the greatest modern composer of our time and titled Musician of the Year, been presented with the Lifetime Achievement award of the Venice Biennale… Kaija Saariaho is a composer who has achieved it all, become a paragon for the younger generation, and at the same time, shaped a musical world that is entirely her own, instantly recognizable on the operatic and symphonic stages alike. Oulu celebrates Saariaho by performing some of the cornerstones of her orchestral oeuvre.

During the evening, we present her Violin Concerto from 1995, inspired by the Knights of the Round Table, as well as 2020’s Vista, a musical painting of Californian landscapes. We open the concert with a work by Outi Tarkiainen combining the Pacific Ring of Fire with a solar eclipse and the pain of childbirth.

The concert is conducted by the young conductor prodigy and Saariaho’s daughter, Aliisa Neige Barriére.


Duration about 1 h 30 min (incl. intermission)

Tickets 29 € normal/ 24 € pensioner / 14 € student, unemployed, child (3–17 yrs)
Free entry to the concert for Kaikukortti holders (limited amount, must be purchased in advance from Oulu10 service point).

Prices include service fee. Order fee 2 €/order when bought from Ticketmaster shops or 1,50 €/order when bought from Ticketmaster online shop will be added, excluding tickets purchased at Madetoja Hall ticket booth and Kaikukortti-tickets.

Head start at Restaurant Preludi at 18:30. Discussion of the forthcoming concert.

Peter Herresthal Uuden Musiikin Lokakuu 2022

Interview with the artist: A Birthday Present to Mother