What to play in a brand new hall
The Helsinki Music Centre opens in September and, by the accounts reaching me, it’s going to sound pretty good. First night features two orchestras and three conductors – but then Finland exports almost as many maestros as cellphones, so the surplus is hardly surprising.
What is remarkable, though – and I bring this to you from Fimic
, source of all Finnish music news – is that over the next couple of months Finnish orchestras will be giving premieres of new fewer than 13 works by Finnish composers.
Let me parse that for you. Finland has a population of 5.4 million, perhaps a quarter the size of New York’s. In one season, Finnish orchestras are introducing 13 works by living composers. In one decade New York orchestras introduced…. oh, finish that yourselves.
When the new hall opens, it will be with a living art form.