Lappeenranta City Orchestra

Ticket sale for the concerts of  the Lappeenranta City Orchestra

Customer Service Centre Winkki
Villimiehenkatu 1 (Lappeenranta City Hall)

Mon−Fri 08:30 – 16:30

tel. + 358 5 616 2220

Ticket are sold in the conertplace 1 hour before concert starts.

Free entrance for children under the age of 16!

Students €6,50

Tickets are available at Lippupiste sales points and online shop (, over the telephone and at R-kiosks in accordance with the prices and conditions of Lippupiste.

Sales points in Lappeenranta
Citymarket, Toikansuontie 4

Lappeenranta City Orchestra

Office: Villimiehenkatu 1, tel. +358 40 547 8706

Lappeenranta Tourist Service, IsoKristiina Shopping center Mon-Fri 9:00 – 16:30, tel. +358 5 6 67788.

Concerts in Spring 2024


Postitorviserenadi (Posthorn Serenade)
Thursday, 18 January Lappeenranta Hall at 19:00
Led by József Hárs
Soloist Béla Mori, bassoon
Väinö Raitio: Romance
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B-flat major KV 191
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Serenade No. 9 in D major KV 320 ‘Posthorn’
Tickets €32/€22, students 7€


Tammikamari (January Chamber)
Thursday, 25 January Lappeenranta Hall at 19:00
City Orchestra’s ensembles
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Flute Quartet in A major, K 298
Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders Op. 28
Niels W. Gade: String Octet, Op. 17
Tickets €32/€22, students 7€

Saimaa Sinfonietta – Juhlan aika (Time for Celebration)
In collaboration with the Mikkeli City Orchestra
Thursday, 8 February Martti Talvela Hall, Mikkeli at 18:00
Friday, 9 February Lappeenranta Hall at 19:00
Led by Erkki Lasonpalo
Soloist Olli Mustonen, piano
Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 3 Op. 37 in C minor
Kalevi Aho: Symphony No. 18, premiere, commissioned by Saimaa Sinfonietta
Tickets €32/€22, students 7€
Sellokomeetta (Cello Comet)
Thursday, 15 February Lappeenranta Hall at 19:00
Led by Erkki Lasonpalo
Soloist Jonathan Roozeman, cello
Jean Sibelius: Concert overture, arr. T. Hannikainen
Luigi Boccherini: Cello Concerto B
Bohuslav Martinů: Nonetto
Leoš Janacék: The Cunning Little Vixen series, arr. I. Farrington
Tickets €32/€22, students 7€

Talvibarokki (Winter Baroque)
Thursday, 22 February Helkiö Hall, Music Institute, at 19:00
Led by Matias Häkkinen, cembalo Programme:

Georg Muffat: Armonico Tributo, Sonata No. 2 in G minor
André Campra: Düben-manuskript, Suite de l’Europe Galante
Georg Friedrich Händel: Concerto grosso Op. 6 No. 6 in G minor
Georg Muffat: Armonico Tributo, Sonata No. 5 in G major
All tickets €25, students €7
In collaboration with the cultural association Ensemble Nylandia
Tickets €32/€22, students 7€


Illan tähtisopraano (The Evening’s Star Soprano)
Thursday, 7 March Lappeenranta Hall at 19:00
Led by Kalle Kuusava
Juhani Nuorvala: Notturno urbano
Samuel Barber: Knoxville Summer 1915
Johan Halvorsen: Antique series op. 31
Tickets €32/€22, students 7€

Kulttuurin Unelmavuosi 2024 – Orkesteri lähelläsi (The Dream Year of Culture 2024 – An Orchestra Near You)
Wednesday, 3 April Lappeenranta Hall at 19:00
Led by Erkki Lasonpalo
Hosted by Milko Vesalainen
The City Orchestra’s programme has something for everyone. Selected pieces from the orchestra’s programme.
Tickets 10 €

Come and join us in IsoKristiina Shopping Centre on Thursday, 4 April at 14:00 and 16:00. 

Bruckner 200 v (Bruckner 200 Years)
Wednesday, 10 April Soloist Sonja Herranen, soprano
Juhani Nuorvala: Notturno urbano
Samuel Barber: Knoxville Summer 1915
Johan Halvorsen: Suite Ancienne Op. 31
Tickets €32/€22, students €7

Kansanmusiikkia modernilla vivahteella (Folk Music with a Modern Twist)
Thursday, 14 March Lappeenranta Hall at 19:00
Led by Jukka Iisakkila, piano, guitar
With Timo Rautiainen, vocals, guitar, bouzouki
Ville Ojanen, violin, viola, mandolin, bouzouki, backing vocals
Tickets €32/€22, students €7

Pääsiäiskonsertti – J. S. Bach Johannes-passio (Easter Concert – J. S. Bach’s St John Passion
Wednesday, 27 March Lappeenranta Hall at 19:00
Led by Erkki Lasonpalo
Soloists Heta Sammalisto, soprano
           Anu Ontronen, mezzo-soprano
           Heikki Halinen, tenor
           Hannu Forsberg, bass, Pilate
           Tiitus Ylipää, bass, Jesus
           Heikki Kulo, evangelist
South Karelian Classical Choir, coached by Jonna Imeläinen and Toomas Kapten
Johann Sebastian Bach: St John Passion, BVW 245
Tickets €32/€22, students €7

Bruckner 200 v (Bruckner 200 Years) 
Wednesday 10th of April in Lappeenranta Hall at 19:00
Led by Erkki Lasonpalo

Soloist Hannu Perttilä, oboe
Richard Strauss: Oboe Concerto
Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 9, for chamber orchestra, arr. J. Gale
Tickets €32/€22, students €7

Aikakauden kuvia (Images of an Era)
Wednesday, 24 April Lappeenranta Hall at 19:00
Led by Ilmo Ranta, piano
With Erkki Lasonpalo, violin
Francis Poulenc: Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano
Johannes Brahms: String Sextet, Op. 18 in B-flat major
Johannes Brahms: Trio Op. 40 in E-flat major
Tickets €32/€22, students €7

Happy May Day!
Wednesday 1 May Lappeenranta Hall at 14:00
In collaboration with the Dragoon Band
Led by Erkki Lasonpalo
Soloists Iris Candelaria, soprano and Gabriel Suovanen, baritone
The programme will include opera and operetta, tango and champagne, thunder and lightning.
Tickets €32/€22, students €7


Nuorten solistien konsertti (Young Soloists’ Concert)
Thursday, 16 May Lappeenranta Hall at 19:00
Led by Erle Kont
Students from Lappeenranta Music Institute as soloists
Tickets €32/€22, students €7

Kesälaitumille (Summer Pastures)
Thursday, 23 May Lappeenranta Hall at 19:00
Led by Erkki Lasonpalo
Soloists Arttu Takalo and Mongo Aaltonen, percussion 
Hugo Alfvén: Dance of the Shepherd Girl from the ballet The Mountain King Op. 37
Arttu Takalo: Double Concerto for Percussion and Vibraphone
Sergei Prokofjev: Classical Symphony No. 1 in D major 
Vasily Kalinnikov: Intermezzo No. 1 in F-sharp minor
Tickets €32/€22, students €7

A vibrant sinfonietta that started its journey over 100 years ago

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The Lappeenranta City Orchestra
is the smallest symphony orchestra in Finland: a vibrant sinfonietta with 21 full-time musicians. In 2020, Erkki Lasonpalo started as the orchestra’s Artistic Director. Our city orchestra started its journey as early as in 1909. The orchestra was municipalised in 1980, after which it expanded to its current composition. Today, the diverse programmes range from chamber music to symphonies, from classical to entertainment and from old to new music. 

The Lappeenranta City Orchestra cooperates extensively with the region’s music institutions and communities: The Dragoon Band, Etelä-Karjalan klassinen kuoro (South Karelian Classical Choir) and Lappeenranta Music Institute. As Saimaa Sinfonietta, the orchestra performs together with the string section of the Mikkeli City Orchestra (St. Michel Striings). Saimaa Sinfonietta performs in the Saimaa region several times during the concert season.

In addition to domestic concerts, the orchestra has performed abroad several times at various festivals and concert halls. The main concert venues of the orchestra in Lappeenranta are the City Hall’s Lappeenranta Hall and the churches. Our orchestra occasionally also performs in different places as the Lappeenranta Main Library.


Musical journeys beyond boundaries – the splendour of the City Orchestra’s spring 2024

The Lappeenranta City Orchestra’s spring season will go beyond boundaries with a range of musical styles and a look at the musical cycle of different eras. The power of music is secret and reaches people of all ages. Emotions, the arc of drama, colours, shapes, the sense of community and friendship – you will experience all this and many other unpredictable things through the playing and heartfelt performances of our talented musicians.

Come and experience old music, the richly flowery world of romanticism, the soul-cleansing emotionality of neoclassicism, the world premiere of a minimalist new symphony, folk music with modern twists and the fresh breeze of jazz.

Everyone experiences the musical impact of a concert in their own way but bringing friends or colleagues along can also bring new experiences, and even new insights into everyday routines and life in general. This invisible emotional impact of music is miraculous, something that even invisibly transmitted emails or picture messages cannot match. After all, music does not exist until it is performed. In the words of the Greek philosopher Plato: “Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul.”

I warmly welcome all Friends of our orchestra to our concerts!

Milko Vesalainen, General Manager