This extraordinary organ has 124 extraordinary voices and features the latest technology. Deviating from tradition, some of the internal air ducts of the organ have been brought to the fore as visual elements. The curved elements of the facade are made up of resonant pipes and air ducts, with a total of about 260 meters of composite wooden pipes and ducts, emphasizing the splendor of this instrument. This organ is the largest modern concert hall organ in the world. They are separated by two playing consoles, one of which is mechanically connected to the organ and the other is freely movable on the orchestra platform.
Finishing, tuning and testing of the organ will continue throughout the coming autumn. The grand opening of the organ is scheduled for January 1, 2024, with a performance by the renowned French organist, Olivier Latry. In 2024, almost 30 concerts and events will be organized in Musiikkitalo with this wonderful organ. Musiikkitalon Urut Soimain ry is responsible for coordinating the organ activities of the Musiikkitalo concert hall, whose concert and event schedules can be found on their website, www.urutsoiman.fi.
The idea of installing an organ in the Musiikkitalo concert hall dates back to its construction phase in 2011, and it is based on the desire of the symphony orchestras operating in the hall to have the organ as part of their repertoire. However, due to resource limitations, the organ was not built initially. The dream came true in 2017, when the composer Kaija Saariaho generously donated one million euros to the Musiikkitalo Foundation for the construction of the organ. The donation was followed by project funding from various stakeholders, including the City of Helsinki, YLE, the Ministry of Education and Culture, and a donation of 1.7 million euros from seven different foundations and funds. The total funding of the project is 4.4 million euros.
In connection with the announcement of the project, the Musiikkitalo Foundation launched a campaign to name the organ pipes, which has raised more than 200,000 euros for organ music, producing organ programs and events. The campaign is still running. On Saturday 14 October 2023 at 11:00 am, an exclusive preview of the concert hall organ will be held for all supporters who have purchased the named organ pipes.
Source: The Nordic Page