Symposium: Why do we sing?  

Date and time: 22nd March 2019, 1pm-5pm
Venue: University of Helsinki, lecture hall 115 in the Language Centre (Fabianinkatu 26)

13.00 Welcome!

13.10 Dr. Michael Bonshor, University of Sheffield: “Social Dynamics and Well-being in Group Singing”

13.50 Dr. Freya Jarman, University of Liverpool: “What singing high notes tells us about gender (and what it doesn’t)”

14.30 Coffee break

14.45 Dr. Minna Huotilainen, University of Helsinki: “Singing in the brain and for the brain”

15.25 Dr. Thöres Theorell, University of Stockholm: “Music and health perspectives from an amateur singer and physician”

16.05 Dr. Päivi Järviö, Uniarts Helsinki: “The presence of the past in performing vocal music of the 17th and 18th centuries”

Concert: Beyond words – Yli sanojen 

Date and time: 22nd March 2019, 7pm-8.30pm
Venue: The Dome Hall, National Library (Unioninkatu 36)

Choir: Akateeminen Laulu
Conductor: Dominik Vogt

In the concert the Academic Choral Society (Akateeminen Laulu) will perform contemporary choral music. The selected choral series seek to transfer our relationship to nature into sounds and express emotions where words do not suffice. The music of the concert has been composed by Alex Freeman (1972*), Murray Schafer (1933*), Paul Hindemith (1895-1963) and Morten Lauridsen (1943*)

Alongside the choral music, researchers and singers of the Academic Choral Society Dr. Josephine Hoegaerts and Anna Martta Seppänen  give brief talks on the theme of identity: how do we shape our self-understanding, both with words and without them?

The concert is bilingual. The speeches and programme will be presented both in English and in Finnish. Programme leaflet 10€.

The concert is part of the cultural programme of the National Library.