Jaakko Kuusisto's Violin Concerto will receive its U.S. premiere on October 9th and 10th in a concert given by the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and Music Director JoAnn Falletta at Kleinhans Music Hall, Buffalo. Immediately after, the Concerto will be heard several times during Lahti Symphony Orchestra's European tour under Chief Conductor Okko Kamu's direction, as follows:
- Verkatehdas, Hämeenlinna (Finland) Oct 14th
- Seat Concert Hall, Katowice (Poland) Oct 16th
- Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music, Luslawice (Poland) Oct 17th
- Konzerthaus, Vienna (Austria) Oct 19th
Elina Vähälä will be the soloist for all performances.
The long and fruitful collaboration between Vocal Ensemble Rajaton and Lahti Symphony Orchestra, that has previously wielded highly succesful recordings and concert productions of music by superstar bands ABBA and Queen, has now resulted in the release of a new album featuring the entire "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" record by The Beatles. The album's music has been especially arranged by Jaakko Kuusisto, who also conducts the recording. The release also includes a new a cappella version of "Eleanor Rigby", arranged by Rajaton member Jussi Chydenius. The album was recorded in early 2015 and is released by Sony Music Entertainment Finland as CD, vinyl, and of course digitally through iTunes Music Store and Spotify.
The high-calibre production team includes orchestra recording producer Ingo Petry and sound engineer Thore Brinkmann (both courtesy of Take5 Music Production), vocal recording producer and engineer Ilkka Herkman, who also mixed the album, and producer Leri Leskinen.