Season concert

Melodies of Joy and Sorrow


23.11. 19.00

Madetoja Hall

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I-Han Fu


Wen Hong Low bass trombone
Oulu Sinfonia

Concert program

Jennifer Higdon Blue Cathedral
Christopher Brubeck Concerto for Bass Trombone and Orchestra

Charles Ives The Unanswered Question
Leonard Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Timeless mysteries and unbounded joy in the American style — the Taiwanese conductor I-Han Fu leads the audience to witness opposites that complement one another. Blue Cathedral, the breakthrough work of subsequent multiple Grammy award winner Jennifer Higdon, is a musical expression of towering sorrow, whereas Charles Ives’s Unanswered Question outlines a cosmic landscape of the unpredictability of music and life itself.

Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story is not only a musical for the ages, but the definitive urban modernization of Romeo and Juliet. His 1960 Symphonic Dances distils the entire musical into a narrative series, with each song representing a new climax. Oulu Sinfonia’s trombonist Wen Hong Low is the featured performer for the American Chris Brubeck’s concerto, its parts replete with the suppleness of jazz with a nostalgic twist.


Duration about 1 h 40 min (incl. intermission)

Tickets 29 € normal/ 24 € pensioner / 16 € 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.