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The Key Ensemble will appear at the Naantali Music Festival again. This year the choir will be seen at the opening concert of the festival, whose program has traditionally consisted of compositions with opus numbers according to the festival’s serial number. This year’s festival is already 41st.

There are several classical choral works with this opus number, but this time Felix Mendelssohn’s Six Choral Songs were selected for the concert program. Besides, Luigi Boccherini’s String Quartet in E Major and Camille Saint-Saëns’ Piano Quartet in B Major, as well as Jean Sibelius’s ‘Kyllikki’ Suite for piano, will be heard on the program.

All the artists at the concert are familiar visitors to the festival. The Key Ensemble will be conducted by Teemu Honkanen.

Key Ensemble has recorded Finnish choral works throughout the past year and presents them in the new “Finnish Choral Calendar” throughout 2020. On the second Monday of each month, a new work will be released on the choir’s own Youtube channel.

The series presents an interesting short cut into the history of Finnish choral music, with one piece from every decade from the present to 120 years back. The oldest work in the series is thus from the golden age of national romanticism from the 1910s and the latest from the recently begun 2020s. There are both classics everybody knows and discoveries that Key Ensemble wants to bring up and make them more famous, especially to the international audience.

In November 2020, the Key Ensemble will perform all the works in chronological order at a live concert in their home town Turku.