Susanna Mälkki begins the new year leading two concert series with the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. On January 11 & 12, the “Once Upon a Time” themed programme features electric guitarists Seth Josel and Wiek Heijmans on Murail’s Contes cruels for electric guitars and orchestra. Additional works to be performed include Debussy’s The Toy Box, and Ravel’s Rapsodie espagnole and Alborada del gracioso.

On January 25 & 26 violinist Leila Josefowicz plays Luca Francesconi’s The Dark Notes – Duende, a work commissioned for her, on concerts that also include Mahler’s Symphony No. 6.