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21.7.2024

The power and beauty of melancholy

JUSSI MERIKANTO, vocals
MIKKO PERKOLA, viola da gamba
HENRIK SANDÅS, bandoneon

Time: 15:00 Putkisalon kartano

Putkisalontie 172, Rantasalmi

Life is a beautiful journey. In the concert, a journey is made through the power of song, bandoneon, and an electrified viola da gamba. The instruments are heard in a unique way through electric effects and improvisation. A meditative journey to the heart of the beauty of Finnish tango awaits – a journey into the tension of melancholy, where sorrow, ecstasy, and longing ripple. The dissonances of life are also present.

Henrik Sandås is a bandoneon artist whose repertoire includes baroque music, new art music, and improvisation alongside Argentinian tango and tango nuevo. His personal, experiential, and narrative approach to music has garnered admiration across Europe and South America.

Gambist Mikko Perkola has performed and recorded as a chamber musician across Europe and regularly performs with the Gramophone Award-winning Phantasm ensemble. Perkola’s extensive work includes collaboration with artists from various fields and making music by playing, composing, and singing, ranging from early music to multimedia and solo performances with an electrified gamba.

The singer performing is Jussi Merikanto, the artistic director of the Joroinen Music Festival. Merikanto has been a soloist at the Finnish National Opera since 2009 and has performed at the Savonlinna Opera Festival in various operas for several years. In addition to his opera roles, Merikanto has appeared in numerous church works and lieder recitals in Finland and abroad.

The concert will be held at Putkisalo Manor. Before the concert and during intermission, a romantic wine bar and café will be open. You can reserve a table in advance directly from the manor: 050 3405130. After the concert, there will be an opportunity to shop at the Putkisalo Manor’s lamb farm shop. Doors to the concert open at 2:00 PM.

You can combine this concert with a cruise. Lippu.fi offers a concert + cruise package ticket, which includes a cruise from Savonlinna to Putkisalo, a concert ticket, and a return transportation to Savonlinna by bus. M/S Katrilli departs from Savonlinna harbour at 11:30 AM. You can enjoy lunch on the boat (lunch is not included in the cruise price). Lunch should be reserved in advance from Piia Kinnunen, phone 044 517 3040. The lunch price of €17.50 includes a starter salad, a hot meal, and dessert coffee with a small sweet treat. The cruise is organized in cooperation with Blue Lake Cruises Ltd.

The boat arrives at the Putkisalo Manor pier at 2:00 PM. From the pier, it is about one kilometer to the manor. You can walk the distance, admiring the idyllic rural landscape. There is also a tractor-trailer ride available, leaving about 300 meters to walk. If necessary, transport for the entire distance can be arranged. The return trip to Savonlinna departs at around 5:30 PM. The bus trip takes about half an hour.

Duration: 2 h / Interval 30 min. / cafeteria and wine bar open
Price: 40 € / concert + cruise 98 €

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