From Buenos Aires to Helsinki: A Midsummer Tango Journey

Musicus Heritage Community Concert Series

From the legendary Finnish dance music band Dallapé, Juha Hostikka (band leader and vocalist) and Niko Kumpuvaara (accordionist) visited Hong Kong for the first time to bring us a rare treat – Finnish tango music. Tango emerged from Argentina around the 1900s, (the same era during which our concert venue Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre, a Grade 1 historic building, was built) and developed into a unique style after it arrived in Finland. The night began with Argentine tango classics, followed by Finnish tango music, from traditional to new creative works. Our own music talent, harmonica player Patrick Yeung, a laureate of the Taiwan International Harmonica Elite Competition 2015, partnered with the Finnish musicians in works including one of Piazzolla’s best loved pieces, ‘Oblivion’.

The pre-concert heritage talk introduced the history of the venue. The building was formerly the Cassels Block of Old Victoria Barracks in Edwardian Classical Revival style.


This Musicus Heritage Community Concert has Credit Suisse back as Lead Partner, and is fully supported by the Consulate General of Finland, Hong Kong.


Interview with the artists and rehearsal footage on:

2016.07.06  –  RTHK TV program The Works



Jun 24, 2016 (Fri)




Lecture Theatre, Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre
7A Kennedy Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong


Angel Viloldo

El Choclo

Carlos Gardel

Por Una Cabeza

Astor Piazzolla

Vuelvo al Sur
Oblivion *

Toivo Kärki

Täysikuu (Full Moon)
Siks Oon Mä Suruinen (That's Why I'm So Sad) *

Unto Mononen

Tähdet Meren Yllä (Stars Above the Sea)

Reino Markkula

Sä Kuulut Päivään Jokaiseen (Think of You Every Day)

Olavi Virta

Punatukkaiselle Tytölleni (For My Red-Haired Girl)

Jacob Gade

Jalousie (Jealousy)

Unto Mononen

Satumaa (Wonderland)

Toivo Kärki

Illan Viimeinen Tango (The Last Tango of the Night)

* with harmonica player Patrick Yeung

Pre-concert Heritage Talk

The Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre was converted from Cassels Block, built in the early 20th century as married quarters for officers, in Edwardian style. It is one of the few conserved military buildings in the Admiralty area. Through exploring the origin of the Cassels Block and its architectural style, this talk introduces the relationship between inception of the Admiralty Barracks and Hong Kong in the early colonial era to the late 19th century, reflecting on the lives of the British troops in early 20th century Hong Kong.

Time: 18:30-19:00
(Conducted in Cantonese)

Pre-concert Heritage Talk Speaker