Johan Christian Julius Sibelius was born 8th of December 1865 in Hämeenlinna. The whole up-coming year will be a feast of our Great National Composer.
Hämeenlinna was the town of Sibelius’s childhood and the city where he went to school. In the centre of Hämeenlinna downtown stands the Birth home of Jean Sibelius which was transformed as a museum in the 1960’s. The 150th anniversary is an all-world jubilee but Hämeenlinna will be the centre of it all. For couple of years now we have been practicing at the seasonal festivals. The ”Sibelius-Fantasy” held at the fall has become, before the anniversary, a festival all town is awaiting.
Sibelius Celebrations is also organizing the first international Jean Sibelius composing-competition. The winning pieces will be performed in the year of anniversary, in 2015.
After the year of anniversary people of Hämeenlinna will know a lot much better the man who composed – among hundreds of others – works like the Finlandia, the Valse triste, the Andante festivo.