The second week of the Kuhmo Chamber music Festival is proving to be of great interest, especially Monday, which is Sibelius day. Concerts 41 and 42 that day are sold out, though there are still some seats left for the third event. Tango music has also seemed to inspire our chamber music audience, as Wednesday’s Piazzolla concert is fully booked.

The second week is expected to draw a large crowd. The first week was also a great success, despite the chilly weather, and at the midway point of the festival it looks as if we will have slightly more visitors than last year.

The second week of the festival starts on Sunday with the theme ’Myth and Truth’. On Monday the focus is on Sibelius and his contemporaries. On Tuesday we make the journey from childhood to old age. Wednesday is a day of contrasts. On Thursday we are in the world of myths, Friday is for states of mind, and on the last day, Saturday, we celebrate the magic of the seasons.

The festival’s biggest event in terms of numbers of performers takes place on Wednesday, when there is a rendition of Kurt Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins of the Petty Bourgeoisie for five singers and 38 players. The only first performance of a work this summer is on Saturday in Lentiira Church, when Heta Aho’s Syreenit for flute and harpsichord can be heard. The Festival ends on Saturday 25 July with Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.

Kuhmo Chamber Music, tel. 08 652 0936