Juliste 2014

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Kuhmo Chamber Music

The Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival was established in 1970, and has grown from a small, local celebration into an important international event attracting about 40,000 concert visitors annually. The prestigious New York cultural magazine Connoisseur has observed that “for two passionate weeks in July the remote town of Kuhmo hosts a unique chamber music festival that is possibly the finest in the world”.

This extraordinary event is thoroughly dedicated to the music, which is characterised by one absolute requirement: it must be of the highest standard. Perhaps this is the ultimate source of the now famous "spirit of Kuhmo". But we should certainly not overlook the relaxed atmosphere of the Kuhmo Chamber Music: no spurious decorum prevents the audience from enjoying the concerts in the Kuhmo Arts Centre right after a refreshing swim at the neighbouring lakeside. The Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival is a time of harmonious interaction for acoustic music, silence and scenic beauty. The Artistic Director of the Festival is viola player composer Vladimir Mendelssohn.

Kuhmo Chamber Music, July 12-25, 2015

The theme for the 2015 Festival is Time. As its motto, Vladimir Mendelssohn has chosen an adaption of the saying “time is money”: “time is music”. The units of time featuring in the concerts are centuries, seasons, months, times of the day and even smaller measures.

“Do not miss the festival", says Mendelssohn, "for it will never happen again in the same way under the same stars".

Welcome to Kuhmo - the capital city of chamber music!