Waputin 100 years!

Waputin Concert Ball Wed 1.5.2024 5pm

Glo Hotel Art, Lönnrotinkatu 29 Helsinki

This year, Waputin guides its audience hundred years back in time, as the first May Day concert of the Polytech Orchestra was reportedly held in 1924. Over the decades, Waputin has offered joyful music, while the Waputin magazine has in turn angered all those who take themselves too seriously. Honoring its traditions, the orchestra embarks on a train journey through its history, performing both old classics and newer program. The concert is conducted by Vuokko Lahtinen. After PO, the audience will be entertained by Retuperän WBK and the salon orchestra Jorma. The ticket for the event also serves as the May Day magazine Waputin (unfortunately in Finnish), which can be redeemed at the door.

The Polytech Orchestra

The Polytech Orchestra, founded in 1922, is a student symphony orchestra from Espoo, Finland. The orchestra works in co-operation with Aalto University Student Union (AYY). Most of the approximately one hundred members are students and alumni from Aalto University, but there are also students from other universities and schools from the greater Helsinki area. The orchestra is conducted by James Kahane.

The main events of the year are the autumn and spring concerts in Helsinki area along with the spring tour that is typically headed to different parts of Finland. The orchestra has also given concerts abroad, for instance in Germany, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Latvia, Sweden, Estonia, and Scotland. On every 1st of May, the yearly student festival in Finland, the Polytech Orchestra arranges the Waputin concert with both music and dancing. Waputin concert is arranged in a humorous way around a yearly-changing theme so that the audience can enjoy both music performances and the joy of waltz and other dances.

The Polytech Orchestra takes new members twice a year: in the beginning of September and January.