KOHTALON SINFONIA URUILLA
Time: 19:30 - 20:30
Location: Kallion kirkko
Johann Sebastian Bach: Toccata ja fuuga d-molli BWV 565
Ludwig van Beethoven: Sinfonia nro 5
2020 was the 250th anniversary year of the birth of Ludwig van Beethoven. Kallio Church organist Tommi Niskala arranged the famous Fifth Symphony, ”The Symhony of Fate” for the great symphonic organ of his own church. This instument has a large scale of orchestral colours and resources.
In Finland, organ music in general, is mostly performed in churches, because of the very few number of organs in concert halls. However, traditional organ repertoire includes a huge amount of symphonic music, from which real symphonic concert programs can be built. This concert is a symphonic concert in a miniature form, divided into two parts, in which two real cornerstones of Western classical music encounter.
Tommi Niskala, organ
Duration 1 h, no intermission
Tommi Niskala (born 1986 in Alajärvi, Finland) started his musical studies in his native town Alajärvi, and continued to Sibelius Academy Church Music Department. He holds a Master of Music degree in church music and is the director of Music at Kallio Church since 2011.
Tommi is a versatile musician who performs regularly as a conductor, organist and tenor singer having no fear to cross the borders of different genres.
Tommi studied choral conducting with Prof. Matti Hyökki, organ with Olli Porthan and Markku Hietaharju, and vocal music with Kimmo Lappalainen. He has taken part on several masterclasses (Tatyana Khitrova, Georg Christoph Sandmann, Pierre Pincemaille, Louis Robilliard).
As a singer Tommi Niskala is often heard as a tenor soloist of works of baroque era as well as other church music works of different styles. in 2013 he appeared in his opera debut role in Ilmajoki Music Festival, where he sang the humorous part of Vennamo in an opera about Urho Kekkonen – a commission work by Uljas Pulkkis.
Tommi Niskala is the artistic director of Kallion Kantaattikuoro and Finnish Evangelical Lutheral Mission Safari Choir. He has worked as well as the opera chorusmaster in Ilmajoki Music Festival and a tenor singer as well as vice-conductor of YL Male Voice Choir