Conference Corner Harri Lidsle, Conference Host
ITEC 2001 BE COOL AND BE THERE!
Now is the time to register for the next ITEC in Lahti, Finland. Remember that Early Bird registration time ends on May 15 th. From previous TUBA Journals you will find information about the conference, competitions and hotels (see Fall 2000 issue). The registration form can be found on pages 4 and 5 of the Fall, 2000 Journal. Fresh news and all possible information is always available on our web page www.musicfinland.com/brass/itec.
While you are reading this new issue in January or February, it’s really cold and snowy here in Lahti. We are enjoying The Nordic Skiing World Championships here in our city at this time. After that we are waiting for summer, light and our highlight – The Conference!
During the winter months, our team has been growing a lot. We now have nine people working from 4 to 20 hours a week for the conference. I am on leave from my orchestra until the end of August. Here are the people to contact with any questions you may have. Answering your questions is not our duty, it’s our great pleasure!
Mr. Harri Lidsle, Conference Host – Harri.Lidsle@sci.fi
Mrs. Anja Loikkanen, Registration – email@example.com
Ms. Niina Kiveld, Conference Secretary – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Helena Heinonen, General Secretary – Helena.Heinonen@sci.fi
Mrs. Anne Antila-Olkku, Press and Information – email@example.com
Ms. Kristtina Palvanen, Group Ticket Sales – firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a summary of the program that ITEC offers you in Finland:
• International soloists, world premieres and great orchestras. More than 20 concerts. The big news is that we have sold a lot of tickets already. Don’t worry, we have reserved YOUR ticket for sure. The Lahti Symphony Orchestra will play their concert twice because of the big sales success (992 tickets reserved in two weeks, 10 months before the concert!).
• Conference program includes a lot of master classes and lectures on different areas of musicianship. Teachers are among the most prominent Professors of Music, as well as from such areas as Physiotherapy.
• International competitions for young musicians. Let the world get to know you! This is the easiest way to get invitations to perform in big festivals and conferences or to get the invitation to an orchestral audition. Find more information from our web page. Notice that tapes for competitions must be posted by March 1. (Also, see the Summer and Fall 2000 issues of the Journal or the web site for more competition information.)
• Music industry exhibition is an important part of our big family. This is the place to find a new horn and test it with your favourite artist – or catch some new interesting CDs or pieces of music.
• Play together! We have different levels of groups in which you can play. Remember the World’s Heaviest Band concert on August 11th. There are thousands of people and television cameras waiting for your concert in the harbor by the blue Lake Vesijarvi, just outside of the Sibelius Hall.
• Family and spouses program: Children’s Clubs, sightseeing, excursions in our beautiful natural setting, shopping trips, sailing school, and new frierids from our international family!
• Adventures: Finnish sauna, canoe paddling, boat rowing etc.
• Fun Together: fishing, Finnish odd sports and tuba throwing. We know that brass playing is both fun and easy!
• Free time: it’s recommended that you take some free time with your new friends during the week. Forget the concerts and master classes for a day and go to an island without your instrument or minidisk, or go to Helsinki, our capital. It’s just a one hour trip from Lahti. We will have directions for you!
ITEC Jazz Camp August 2nd to 5th. Four days camp with Sam Pilafian, Marc Dickman and a professional jazz trio, jazz and friends. Be there! The camp ends with a concert in the Sibelius Hall with a large audience. Read more information on our web page.
August 4th is a competition day. The opening concert will be on Sunday the 5 th of August.
It’s time to book your flights and hotels to get the ones you really want. For U.S. visitors, notice that American Travel Service has a group price for you. On behalf of the whole Conference Staff: BE COOL AND BE HERE!!
P.S. After the Conference: Take a trip to PolarCircle, St.Petersburg, Tallin… or hire a tall ship with your friends, we will help you make plans for such activities.
TRAVELLING TO LAHTI FROM THE U.S.? Our official T.IJ.B.A. Finnair representatives in the IJ.S. are Vyts Luaritas and Todd Ariluir. Their toll free number is (800) 422-1190, and the Finnair web site is www.americantravelservice.com. Ckintact them for information on flights to Finland this summer.
See you in Lahti!