On August 31 and 31, Susanna Mälkki leads the Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra in the European premiere of Tero Saarinen Company’s new piece, Zimmermann’s Cello concerto En forme de pas de trois, which she premiered in Los Angeles last winter. This is a rare opportunity to see world-class contemporary dance at the Helsinki Music Centre.

The Zimmermann Trio binds together live music, dance and visuality in the emotionally moving way that is characteristic of the works of choreographer Tero Saarinen. The dance lifts Zimmermann’s music to the next level – just as the composer originally planned. Zimmermann’s impressive, cinematic cello concerto inspired Saarinen to handle themes of leaving and loss in the choreography. Tero Saarinen Company’s dance soloists Auri Ahola, Misa Lommi and David Scarantino perform together with cellist Oren Shevlin.

The concert starts with J.S. Bach/A. Webern’s Ricercar, a six-voice fugue which is regarded as the highpoint of the Musikalisches Opfer, followed by the Zimmerman Trio, and ends with Richard Strauss’ impressive An Alpine Symphony, a dizzying tone poem which carries the audience to the middle of a grand mountain landscape.

To purchase tickets and learn more about this historic performance, visit the website of the HPO.