Neogothic architecture from 1879

Savonlinna Cathedral is the main church of Savonlinna’s Evangelical-Lutheran parish. The church has seats for 800 people.

A mass is held in the Cathedral every Sunday at 10.

Savonlinna Cathedral is open for visitors daily from June 3 rd to August 11th  between 10 am - 6 pm.

The name of the church originates from the cathedra, the seat of a bishop, located in Savonlinna from 1897 to 1924.The church was designed by architect A.H. Dahlström in 1858, and it was consecrated on 2 February 1879. The church was damaged during an air raid in 1940. The reconstruction was designed by architect B. Lilljeqvist. The altar choir ceiling fresco, paintings on the gallery banisters, and the chandeliers were created by artist Antti Salmenlinna. The altarpiece “Jesus in Gethsemane” is a triptych painted by artist Paavo Leinonen. The church textiles, designed by artist Helena Karvonen, are from 1979.

Among the most impressive items in the church is the baroque organ with 45 stops built by Urkurakentamo Martti Porthan Oy in 1991.

Concerts

 

Wed 12 June at 12:00, Savonlinna Cathedral

Summer Day Concert

Cantors of the Savonlinna Parish: Katariina Kokkonen, Minna Malinen,

Kari Pykäläinen, and Sauli Rissanen. Free admission. Duration: 35 min.

Wed 19 June at 12:00, Savonlinna Cathedral

Summer Day Concert

Liza Ivleva, piano. Duration: 35 min. Free admission.

 

Wed 26 June at 12:00, Savonlinna Cathedral

Summer Day Concert

Seasons of life, Minna Raassina, vocals and organ; Reko Tammi,

piano. The songs of the concert compare life to the changing seasons.

The songs have been composed by Minna Raassina based on poems by Saima Harmaja and Helvi Juvonen. Free admission. Duration: 35 min.

 

Wed 3 July at 12:00, Savonlinna Cathedral

Summer Day Concert

Matti Turunen, bass; Maria Turunen, soprano; and Armaan Madar, piano.

Free admission. Duration: 35 min.

 

Wed 10 July at 12:00, Savonlinna Cathedral

Summer Day Concert

Savonlinna quartet. Free admission. Duration: 35 min.

 

Thu 11 July at 12:00, Punkaharju Church

Holiday melodies – Bach on a summer’s day, Seeli Toivio, cello

Free admission. Programme: EUR 10.

 

Fri 12 July at 15:00, Savonlinna Cathedral

Chopin recital, Savonlinna Music Academy

Mei Ting Sun, piano. Free admission. Programme: EUR 15/10. Duration: 1.5 h (incl. intermission).

 

Tue 16 July at 19:00, Savonlinna Cathedral

Pearls of chamber music, Savonlinna Music Academy

Mark Gothóni, violin; Marko Ylönen, cello; Kyoko Hashimoto, piano. Free admission. Programme: EUR 20/15. Duration: 1.5 h (incl. intermission).

 

Wed 17 July at 12:00, Savonlinna Cathedral

Summer Day Concert

The Winnipeg Singers (Canada), led by Yuri Klaz. Free admission, duration: 35 min.

 

Sat 20 July at 15:00, Savonlinna Cathedral

Winterreise, Savonlinna Music Academy

Konrad Jarnot, baritone; Ralf Gothóni, piano. Franz Schubert: Die Winterreise (D 911). Hommage à la Eero Rantala. Tickets: EUR 25. Duration: 1 h.

 

Wed 24 July at 12:00, Savonlinna Cathedral

Summer Day Concert

Arias of the western church and eastern lieder, Heikki Hattunen, tenor; Tuuli Wirkkula, piano. Beautiful tenor arias and Merikanto. Lieder that originate from the Orthodox Church and lieder that Janne Salmenkangas has composed specially for Heikki Hattunen, whose voice is loved by both the Orthodox Church and the Finnish National Opera. Free admission. Duration: 35 min.

 

Mon 29 July at 15:00, Savonlinna Cathedral

St. Olav’s Day church concert

Minna Raassina, mezzo-soprano; Maija Teikari, piano. The programme includes the song series Haudoilta (from the graves) by Oskar Merikanto and Kuoleman joutsen (Swan of Death) by Tauno Pylkkänen, which is based on poems by Aino Kallas. Free admission. Programme: EUR15. Funds raised through the concert will be used to support church music activities in Savonlinna through Kirkko- ja taidemusiikin tuki ry.

 

Wed 31 July at 12:00, Savonlinna Cathedral

Summer Day Concert

PaReMPi quartet – Devout melodies. Raimo Paaso, tenor I, cantor of the Oulu diocese; Reko Tammi, tenor II, Savonlinna; Juha Mikkonen, bass I, cantor, Kajaani parish; Janne Piipponen, basso II, cantor, Rantakylä parish, Joensuu. All four cantors that constitute the PaReMPi quartet (Paaso-Reko-Mikkonen-Piipponen) also sing in the Suomen Kanttorit (Finnish Cantors) choir. They came up with the idea of singing together as a quartet during choir practice. In addition to traditional hymn arrangements, the quartet performs more modern spiritual male voice choir music. Free admission. Duration: 35 min.

Fri 2 August at 18:00, Kerimäki Church

Konevitsa quartet

Free admission. Hand programme: EUR 12.

 

Wed 7 August at 12:00, Savonlinna Cathedral

Summer Day Concert

Urkuduo Katariina Kopsa and Anna-Maija Virtanen. Free admission. Duration: 35 min.