Conference Corner by Harri Lidsle, Host, ITEC 2001
Be Cool, Come to Finland!
ITEC 2000 Regina was fun, and many thanks to the entire organization, as well as the individuals, that made it possible! Our ITEC 2001 organization is now working hard to make our ITEC even better, if possible. Our new twist for ITEC 2001 will be “Compulsory” Fun Together! time. We will reserve two hours every day for fun. There will be local games, tuba throwing competition (the euphonium is too beautiful for this game), a boat rowing competition with 16 man/woman teams, and more!
Family members will have their own program – many of our family members are not so interested in the rim size of our mouthpieces. We have reserved two people to devise a program which will entertain your family. There will be things like sailing school, canoe paddling and folk dance courses, etc. We have a lot of things for young children to see and do in our small city.
We have found good hotels for you. The main hotel will be Hotel Salpaus and the other hotels will be the Alex Park and the Musta Kissa (Black Cat). We have also reserved Summer Hotel rooms for you. You will find the prices and contact addresses on our web site www.musicfinland.com/brass/. When reserving hotel rooms, remember to say that you are ITEC guests. Our prices are almost 40% under the normal list prices! You must book Summer Hotel rooms through our office. The contact person is Ms. Niina Kivela at (niinakivela@ hotmail.com). We are also happy to help you if you would like to stay in a manor or a cottage by the lake!
Most of the artists and the TUBA executive committee will stay in Hotel Salpaus. Hotel Alex Park is just 150 meters from the Conservatoire where we will have the competitions. So, if you are going to compete, this is our recommendation for you. Our third hotel choice, Musta Kissa, is one level down from the standard of Salpaus and Alex Park, but the location is great.
Coming to Lahti:
The official carrier for ITEC Lahti is Finnair, our national airline. For the USA the phone number is (212) 499-9000. For Japanese travelers, the number for “Moomin planes” is (06) 6347 0888. Australians can call (02) 9244 2111 and Canadians (703 ) 534-7512. The web address for Finnair is www.firmair.com . Almost all of you will come to Lahti via Helsinki. The easiest mode of transport firom Helsinki will be by bus. The bus will stop at all of our conference hotels. Tell the bus driver the name of your hotel, and he/she will stop there for you.
About the Conference Program:
The list of featured artists is changing every week as I am writing this column in July. The major artists will be here, and the list is always available on our web site.
The daily programs start with non-compulsory jogging. After that we have Warm Up Classes for different level of instrumentalists (pick your own), Master Classes, Euphonium-Tuba Ensembles of different levels for all who want to bring the horn with them, recitals, time for exhibitions, lunch time. Fun Together and Evening Concert.
There will be an ensemble or an orchestra for every evening concert from 5 th to 11th August. The closing concert on August 12th will be at 3 p.m. The Euphonium-Tuba Ensembles will perform on Saturday, August 11th. Also the massive ensemble. World’s Heaviest Band (all conference participants together) will perform by the harbour, outside the Conference Centre. At that time there will be 10,000 people attending a Boat Exhibition at that location.
In Lahti we will have the following competitions: Young Artist Euphonium, Young Artist Tuba, Artist Euphonium, Arnold Jacobs Mock Orchestral Tuba Audition, Rich Matteson Jazz Competition, and Tuba-Euphonium Quartet Competition.
The Artist Tuba Competition will be in cooperation with Lieksa Brass Week, and it will be held in Lieksa, one week before ITEC Lahti. We will hear the competition winner in Lahti playing Fagerudd’s ligo-Iigo. From Lieksa it is easy to move to Lahti by night train. All competition information is avaible on our web site as well as in the Summer, 2000 issue of the TUBA Journal. Once again, Lieksa and ITEC Lahti have different rules, be sure to read the right ones! The competition music is available from Bemel Music (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tuba Center.
See you all here in Lahti,
Your Conference Host 2001