Aulis Sallinen’s world premiere of 2017’s The Castle in the Water is inspired by Finland’s 100 years of independence. Kullervo, also by Sallinen, is a gloomy saga that is part of the Finnish national epic Kalevala: “Love may be a possibility in the world of a man cursed from birth and with a thirst for revenge, but can he see even a chink of light…?” Founded in 1883, the YL Male Voice Choir is a pioneer in Finnish male choir singing. The Tapiola Choir is an award-winning Finnish children’s choir of youngsters, aged from eight to 19 years, with an international reputation. These two choirs unite into a super choir to perform music from the Finnish national-romantic era.