Artistic Director: Avanti! Summer Sounds


Barbara Hannigan has been named artistic director for Summer Sounds with Avanti!.

XXIX Summer Sounds in Porvoo, 25 – 29 June 2014

Its been 10 years since I first started working with Avanti! and we share special musical memories from Finland and abroad. It is particularly thrilling to return to Summer Sounds with this delicious programme of concerts, celebrating our passion for music.

At my side will be the Irish maverick Gerald Barry, a composer whose music I have admired since my youth for its whirlwind virtuosity, humour, and edgy intensity. I am so looking forward to being with my fellow musicians in an array of concerts, large and small, in the beautiful town of Porvoo.

Earthly Pleasures is the theme of this year’s festival, although we will begin by looking at heaven from earth, in Mahler’s 4th Symphony conducting by Jorma Panula. We have some mad journeys to make over the course of our days together…war and peace, sorrow, jealousy, and the beauty of nature all coming together at midsummer.

Come join us!

Barbara Hannigan, Artistic Planner