THE HISTORIC Old Rauma, founded in 1442 and selected a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, will receive world-renowned Finnish and international musicians in the first and second weeks of August.
This year, the Rauma Festivo offers a French theme due to a majority of French music composers like Mélanie Bonis, Francis Poulenc, Ernest Chausson and Camille Saint-Saéns. The festival offers 12 chamber music concerts at different venues in Rauma, the wooden church of Eurajoki and the Vuojoki mansion.
Artistic director and violinist Mark Gothoni, son of world-famous pianist and conductor Ralf Gothoni, will perform with the Mozart Piano Quartet this year. The Mozart Piano Quartet, one of the leading piano quartets in the world, has been invited to be ensemble-in-residence for the festival.
There will be a children’s concert on 4 August starting at 10 in the morning performed by students of the Music Institute of Rauma.
Café Sali, the festival’s cafeteria, offers visitors free entry to its music matinées performed by talented professional musicians. In August, just before the nights slowly turn us into having a more tranquil mood, listening to fine chamber music among the brightly painted wooden houses in Old Rauma sounds like a treat for the soul.
Programme in English
Susan Fourtané – Helsinki Times
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