The first version of the River Aura Symphony, based on ship signalling devices and church bells, will be performed at the opening ceremony of the European Capital of Culture year.
Sound artist Simo Alitalo long dreamt of composing a work for the ships and other sound sources of River Aura. The idea got started in the city of St John in Newfoundland, Canada, where an annual lunch concert is performed with ship whistles.
“The River Aura setting seemed to offer potential for a similar work,” says Alitalo.
“The River Aura Symphony will thus debut on the opening day of the European Capital of Culture year, and it will also be performed in a slightly different form in the spring and summer.