Come and enjoy leading artists performing at incomparable concert venues in a genuine rural setting. Concerts are arranged in splendid locations, such as the wooden church at Luhanka, the mediaeval church at Sysmä, and large manor houses in the region. The Artistic Director of the festival is the distinguished conductor Esa Heikkilä.
|Festival address||Sysmä Festival on map|
|Phone||+358 44 713 4539|
|Office||Valittulantie 5, FI-19700 Sysmä|
A week of top class concerts with international performing artists at several concert venues in unique surroundings. Our chamber music will enthral audiences at the churches and chapels of the district, and will also entertain people on a cruise ship, in village halls and manor houses, and in an old stable building. Larger symphony orchestras are also guests of the festival in interim years. Artistic Director Anna Aminoff was also a founder of this festival in 2006.
This chamber music event centres on the 300 year-old wooden cruciform church in the village of Iitti, about 70 miles northeast of Helsinki. The high point of the festivities will be hauling a piano to the lookout point at Hiidenvuori for a watchnight concert. The pianist Laura Mikkola has served as Artistic Director of the festival from its very foundation.
Powerful experiences, brilliant Finnish and international artists, a splendid setting and a continually evolving topical perspective on the diverse world of church music! Besides more traditional music events, Lohtaja Church Music Festival will provide pop-up concerts, community singing and other social occasions. This festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2018.