Celebrating Finnish Composer Einojuhani Rautavaara's Birthday on ART+

Mr. Einojuhani Rautavaara's birthday celebration on ART+ on KDRT included interviews with conductors Mr. Vladimir Ashkenazy and Mr. Leif Segerstam (Helsinki Philharmonic) as well as pianist Lauara Mikkola and Karvonen Films.

Davis, CA, December 17, 2007 --(PR.com)-- The Birthday Celebration touched on many topics including Piano Concerto No. 3 which Mr. Rautavaara wrote for Mr. Ashkenazy, Manhattan Trilogy which was commissioned for Julliard's Centenial and Cantus Articus. Mr. Segerstam's favourite Rautavaara composition is Cantus Articus, which Mr. Segerstam believes has a trancendental atmosphere.

Mr. Vladimir Ashkenazy will conduct Manhattan Trilogy this season with the San Francisco Philharmonic. Laura Mikkola performed a new composition by Mr. Rautavaara last August and will perform a new piece by Rautavaara this fall.

Mr. Rautavaara's interview which was read by Pirkko Karvonen touched on many pieces of his music including his recent opera Rasputin, Manhattan Trilogy, Ikons ans well as Mr. Rautavaara's compositions for children, among other topics,

The audio of this celebration is available on iTunes and Podcast Valley and on the ART+ website http://www.artplusradio.org and can also be downloaded from www.artplusradio.org/schedule/schedule_c_2007.html

Labiba Boyd
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