10.00 - 18.00
The Accordion Fair

Venue: Ikaalinen Business College
Free entry

12.00 - 18.00
Music in the Park and Pub Tent
Accordion clubs, bands and folk musicians

Venue: Festival Park and Yellow School
Free entry

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Roland V-Accordion Competition, Scandinavian Finale
The winner will represent the Nordic countries at the International Roland V-Accordion competition in Rome, in October. Hostess: Jonna Pirkkijoki.

Venue: Oma Tupa
Tickets: 34€, Child 5€

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The White Rose Concert (1st show)
The most loved pieces by Rauno Lehtinen (1932-2006) to honour the 80th anniversary of his birth. Riku Niemi Orchestra with Johanna Iivanainen, Milana Misic, Pepe Willberg and Amadeus Lundberg

Venue: Ikaalinen Hall.
Tickets: Adult 35€, €15 (K-Plussa-card holders €30)

19.00 Youth Accordion Orchestra, Jugendakkordeonorchester Cottbus, Germany
Youth Accordion Orchestra will perform at the Sata-Häme Soi Celebration in Kankaanpää
Venue: Kankaanpään kuntoutuskeskus. 4, Kelankaari Street
Program 10€


The White Rose Concert (2nd show)
The most loved pieces by Rauno Lehtinen (1932-2006) to honour the 80th anniversary of his birth. Riku Niemi Orchestra with Johanna Iivanainen, Milana Misic, Pepe Willberg and Amadeus Lundberg

Venue: Ikaalinen Hall.
Tickets: Adult 35€, €15

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Mika Väyrynen
Programme: The French Suites, Passacaglia and Fugue, Chaconne by J. S. Bach
Venue: Ikaalinen Church.
Program 20€ / €10

21.00 - 02.00
Festival Park and Pub Tent- Youthful Beat on the Stage
Rockwalli, Sami Hintsanen & Alabama House Band, Laura Voutilainen
Pub Tent: Jaakko Laitinen & Väärä Raha
Tickets €15 / €10

Venue: Festival Park
Area Ticket 15€
/ €10

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Maria Kalaniemi & Timo Alakotila
Finnish and Finn-Swedish melodies, Menuets, Polskas, Polkas, Tangos - music with all spices!

Venue: Oma Tupa
Tickets: Adult 25€

The Accordion Fair will be held at the Ikaalinen Business College hall. A popular feature of the SHS Festival, the Fair offers instruments, recordings, music and accessories.

At the fair you will find the following companies:
  • Accordions Bohemia Oy
  • Finnish Accordion works Aaro Luukinen
  • Harmonikan huolto ja restaurointi
  • tmi Viljo Mannerjoki
  • Harmonikkahuolto Aimo Kuhmonen
  • Harmonikkahuolto Kristian Hyyppä
  • Harmonikkahuolto Tero Lahti
  • Harmonikkahuolto Voitto Nieminen
  • IKATA:n harmonikanrakennusosasto
  • Lasse Pihlajamaa Oy
  • Nahka-Tuote Sirok Tmi
  • Roland Scandinavia as
  • Savon harmonikka Oy
  • Tampereen Musiikki
  • Traditune Oy
  • Ylöjärven Harmonikka Oy

Fair organized by the Dimi Student Association

Roland Scandinavia Competition. The winner was Netta Skog who will represent Scandinavia at the Roland Digital Accordion Competition to be held in Rome in October. Competitors were:
Roland Scandinavia Norway
Mr. Halgrim Kvello Stake
Roland Scandinavia Sweden
Mr. Andreas Nilsson
Roland Scandinavia Denmark
Ms. Heidi Ludvigsen
Roland Scandinavia Finland
Ms. Netta Skog
Mr. Tuomas Mäkelä
Above left: Host for the Roland Competition: Joanna pirttijoki:
Above right: Mikael Andeasen (Denmark), Ludvig Olin (Sweden) and Seppo Lankinen Finland (Chairperson of the Jury)
Above left: Roland Scandinavia Sweden - Andreas Nilsson
Above right: Roland Scandinavia Norway - Halgrim Kvello Stake
Above left: Roland Scandinavia Finland - Tuomas Mäkelä
Above right: Roland Scandinavia Denmark - Heidi Ludvigsen
Above: Roland Scandinavia Finland - Netta Skog
Roland Scandinavia Sweden - Andreas Nilsson (Second Place Winner)
Roland Scandinavia Denmark - Heidi Ludvigsen
Roland Scandinavia Norway - Halgrim Kvello Stake
Roland Scandinavia Finland - Netta Skog (Winner)
Roland Scandinavia Finland - Tuomas Mäkelä

The Riku Niemi Orchestra takes the stage for the seventh time at the Sata-Häme Soi Festival. They perform the traditional, well appreciated and highly popular White Rose Concert. This year we enjoy the Finnish light music legend Rauno Lehtinen's music. It was the 80th anniversary of his birth in April 2012.
Maestro Riku Niemi with his Orchestra and their invited top soloists - Johanna Iivanainen, Milana Misic, Pepe Willberg and Amadeus Lundberg - fill the concert with the most beloved music pieces of the great composer.
This concert becomes another chapter in the history of Finnish music, written in Ikaalinen.
Above and below: The Riku Niemi Orchestra in Concert

Mika Väyrynen (born 1967) is one of the most known classical accordion artists in the whole world. He has performed with most of the Finnish symphony orchestras and toured widely in Europe and Asia. His cooperation with many directors and composers has produced many accordion music premiers. For example, Erkki-Sven Tüür's Concerto and Aulis Sallinen's solo work Preludes and fugues op 95 have been born from the close work between the performer and the composer. Aulis Sallinen's orchestra piece Chamber music V - Barabbas variations has been played many times in several countries by Väyrynen.
In the Ikaalinen Church, Mika Väyrynen performed this monumental all Bach (1685-1750) program by memory, as only he could do. The extraordinary concert of music by Bach comprised several of his works including the French Suites, which were originally written for clavier (harpsichord or clavichord) in the early 1720's, when Bach composed a large number of instrumental pieces at the court of Köthen. Passacaglia and Fugue is a huge piece composed for organ. Its genius moves music listeners, and has amazed scientists for nearly 300 years. The last movement of J.S. Bach's solo violin partita, "The Chaconne", has inspired pianists over a hundred years, but especially Mika Väyrynen's brilliant transcription for the accordion has shown Bach's excellence over different instruments and over the ages.

Greeting to the 40-year-old Sata-Häme Soi -festival

I remember meeting You for the very first time. I was still a little boy, in the beginning of my playing career. I came to You to study some more - at that time the national accordion course was held at the same time as the festival. I didn't know to expect how long our journey together would be. The little boy grew older, the student became a teacher. There were many shared memories of performing, teaching at the accordion camp and judging at the competitions.
The youngster became adult, a professional musician and I noticed that You had changed, too. You became international, like me, but Your natural and friendly character has remained the same all these years. You still welcome warmly all the guests and treat them like a good friend. Sometimes I visited You also in the wintertime. Ikaalinen was sleeping the winter sleep but I knew you were awake, preparing for the summer to come, like every year.
There has been times, when You have been my only connection to Finnish music summer - especially at the beginning of my career, when I wasn't regularly invited to the other music festivals. Practically all Your national accordion festival colleagues have retired but You have had the strength to continue.
Now when you are turning 40, I want to congratulate you and thank you for your friendship. I congratulate all, that have had the faith in you for all these 40 years. Mika Väyrynen

Mika is pictured here (right and below) prior to his concert. Photos courtesy of Minna Plihtari (Festival Public Relations Manager).

An unforgettable experience, and may a 'once in a lifetime one', the audience enjoyed the following masterpieces on Mika's program:

  • Prelude XXIV in b minor (BWV 569)

  • Chaconne in d minor (BWV 1004)

The French Sujites:

  • Suite 1 (BWV 812)
    Menuet I and II, Menuet I da capo

  • Suite 2 (BWV 813)
    Menuet 1 and II, Menuet I da capo

  • Suite 3 (BWV 814)
    Menuet I and II, Menuet I da capo

  • Passacaglia in C Minor (BWV 582)
    Thema Fugatum
Mika Väyrynen in Concert
Maria Kalaniemi & Timo Alakotila

Maria Kalaniemi became known internationally in 1983 when she entered the first Golden Accordion competition at 19 years of age. Since then, she has become one of the world's most popular Finnish accordionists. She has made headway in the development of the so called new folk music, and changed thoughts about the accordion and the music it can play. Maria Kalaniemi has taken part in many international projects, of which, among others, the multinational Accordion Tribe has gained a lot of interest through tv-broadcasting in many countries.
Maria Kalaniemi and pianist Timo Alakotila have played in different groups and performed in several concerts around the world. They have gained many prizes and recognition for their musical pieces. The Arts Council of Finland has awarded both with a status of Artist Professor.

Last year Timo and Maria celebrated their 20 years of cooperation with concerts and by publishing a new album. Their music has become seamless during their years together. The combination of the accordion and the piano opens wide possibilities for varied arrangements. In addition to Finnish moods, Argentine tangos and sparkling French waltzes meet in this top duo's programme.

Maria Kalaniemi & Timo Alakotila

Pictures of people and happenings from around Ikaalinen.
2 am view of Lake Kyrösjärvi
by Oma Tupa
On the road to the Spa Hotel



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