21.3.2019 –7 pm – Temppeliaukion kirkko
Helsinki Chamber Orchestran and the French institute in Finland are pleased to invite you to a concert celebrating European culture and the impact of French classical music on XXth century music.
The Apollonian and Dionysian is a philosophical and artistic concept, or dichotomy, loosely based on Apollo and Dionysus in Greek mythology. Some Western philosophical and literary figures have invoked this dichotomy in critical and creative works, most notably Friedrich Nietzsche and later followers. In Greek mythology, Apollo and Dionysus are both sons of Zeus: Apollo is the god of the sun, of rational thinking and order, and appeals to logic, prudence, and purity. Dionysus is the god of wine and dance, of irrationality and chaos, and appeals to emotions and instincts. In Music, as in other forms of art, the dichotomy principally rests to which sensations the piece appeals to: a rational and exterior notion of beauty, or an instinctive and interior feeling. In this concert, we slip into both worlds, and examine the beginning of the 20th century, when this duality was a core tenant of the new music of the time
This concert is part of the Francophonie celebrations of the French Institute in Finland.
James Kahane, conductor
Iván Bragado Poveda, harp
· Arnold Schönberg: Verklärte Nacht | Kirkastettu yö
· Claude Debussy: Danse sacrée et danse profane
· Gustav Holst: St. Paul’s Suite | Pyhän Paavalin sarja