The pride of Lappish choir life Seitakuoro heads for a concert tour in Southern Finland in May. At the concert the choir returns to the atmosphere of last year’s 50th anniversary and presents vocal series from the 60’s to the present day, all entangled somehow in Lapland. The three versions are by Kullervo Karjalainen, Heikki Sarmanto and Jan Hellberg. Skillful and sensible singing, for sure!
Seitakuoro is a chamber choir from Rovaniemi, Finnish Lapland. It gathers every week about 30 ambitious singers together to make great music. The main objective of the choir is to perform demanding choir music in Lapland, a thing that cannot be delivered by other choirs at the region. Also, the choir wishes to promote Lappish music and musical life to larger audiences. Seitakuoro have received many prizes in national and international choir competitions and have reached high artistic goals especially in recent years. The soft, flexible and clear tone of the choir is praised more than often.
Last year Seitakuoro released a new recording called Artisia näkyjä - Arctic Scenes to celebrate its 50th anniversary. The recording was published in cooperation with Alba Records and consists of the best parts of Lappish and Lapland-related choir music. On the concert tour you can have some appetizers from that recording, including Arctic Scenes with flute and cello by Kullervo Karjalainen, a six-part series which was almost too modern for singers when it was written in the 60’s, and the swinging five-part series Feelings of the Fell Traveller by Jan Hellberg, which the choir commissioned from the composer for its anniversary. The third series, Nothern Images, is in eight parts and is composed by Heikki Sarmanto and have been an elemental part of the choir’s repertoire for over a decade now. The work appeals to you with Eino Leino’s fine lyrics and Auvo Sarmanto’s jazzy arrangements.