Crusell Music Festival is an internationally acclaimed music festival dedicated to woodwind music and is combined with advanced master classes held by leading international artists. Since 1982 Crusell Music Festival has been held at the turn of July and August in the beautiful coastal town of Uusikaupunki, Finland. It has its own strong standing among summer events in Finland as a unique combination of musical performances with a strong purpose.
CRUSELL MUSIC FESTIVAL
Music Festival theme in year 2019 is FANTASIA.
It seems that there is an increasing need for our minds to have a break from the pressure and anxiety of our modern society. That’s why the choice for the summer theme 2019 is Fantasy!
Throughout the ages, man has used fantasy, or imagination to escape worries of our everyday lives. This summer, we hear music from the fantasy theme, that their composers have titled as fantasy music. Furthermore, we get to enjoy rarely heard woodwind chamber music, leading the audience swirling into the world of fantasy.
In youth lies the future. The Masterclasses are an important part of the Crusell Music Festival and a necessary learning experience for the attending music students, the future stars of tomorrow. International and high-level teaching this summer will be provided by Andrea Lieberknecht and Petri Alanko (Flute), Hermann Stefánsson and Harri Mäki (Clarinet), Emmanuel Laville and Anni Haapaniemi (Oboe) and Dag Jensen and Etienne Boudreault (Bassoon).
The Night of Lanterns event has gained great popularity and has already become a tradition.
This year our guest artist for the night is the legendary Pepe Willberg with his Orchestra.
Physical activity in Crusell Music Festival is carried out by Dallapé Orchestra in form of a dance concert in the Community Hall. The concert for children is presented by aunt Monika and the Penguin Orchestra. They will play the most familiar children’s songs.
For the first time in the history of Crusell Music Festival, we also get to hear video game music in a compelling live setting by the hugely popular Game Music Collective Band. The concluding concert, we get to hear soprano Helena Juntunen’s captivating and delightful singing.
I Wish you all warmly welcome to experience the fantasy of the 38th Crusell Music Festival!
Artistic Director of the Crusell Music Festival
BERNHARD HENRIK CRUSELL
(1775 – 1838)
Composer & Clarinetist
Bernhard Henrik Crusell was born on the 15th of October 1775 in Uusikaupunki where he also spent the first eight years of his life in a small house on Myllykatu Street. His first contact with music was already at the age of four when he ran away from home to listen to his neighbour playing the flute. When he and his family moved to Nurmijärvi, Crusell met Henrik Westberg, the son of a clarinettist who taught him how to play the clarinet. In turn, Crusell taught him how to read and write.
Captain Armfelt, living in the neighbourhood, noticed the musical talent of Crusell and took him to Wiaborg in 1788 where he was employed as a musician in the Lifeguard. In 1791 Crusell moved with Major Wallenstjerna to Stockholm where he seriously started his music studies. In 1798 Crusell studied music in Berlin where he also gave some concerts. Next year, however, he returned to Stockholm and married Anna Klemming.
In 1801 Crusell gave concerts in Helsinki, Turku and St. Petersburg.
After that, though, he never returned to Finland again.
Later, Crusell also studied in Paris. At the turn of the century, Crusell was especially interested in his own instrument, the clarinet, and so he produced three clarinet concertos. Subsequently he concentrated more on vocal music.
In 1818 Crusell was nominated the musical director of the Royal Lifeguard in Stockholm. With his concert income as a base he founded a fund to help the widows and orphans of musicians. In the 1820’s Crusell met Karl Maria von Weber who encouraged him to compose an opera.
As a result, in 1824 he finished the opera “A Little Bond-Woman” or
“Ali Baba” which is the first Finnish opera.
Crusell’s health had gradually weakened and in 1833 he resigned from his vacancy as the musical director. Before his death, on the 28th of July 1838, he received the medal of honour from the Swedish Academy.
The clarinet concertos are regarded as Crusell’s major works. His production was characterised by large-scale instrumental music where his talent is most clearly visible. The first Crusell Music Festival was arranged in Uusikaupunki in 1982.