Concerts and PO100 Anniversary Year

PO is now 100 years old!

The Polytech Orchestra, PO, is the oldest academic amateur symphony orchestra in Finland. It was formed by the students at the Helsinki University of Technology in 1922. Over the years the orchestra has moved from the Helsinki city center to Otaniemi, the Helsinki University of Technology has changed to Aalto University, and PO has grown from a small salon orchestra to one of the largest symphony orchestras in Finland. Nowadays the orchestra is very multidisciplinary, and nearly half of the players have already graduated or are studying elsewhere. Through the entirety of its 100-year history, PO’s main goal has been spreading the joy of music and offering high-quality classical music experiences to both our players and the audience. Read more of the concerts below and from the website!

Christmas Concert 21.12.2022 7pm

Finnish House of Nobility, Ritarikatu 1 Helsinki

The PO100 Anniversary Year is concluded with Christmassy program in the beautiful Finnish House of Nobility.

Christmas music with Salon Orchestra and other smaller ensembles
Victor Hely-​Hutchinson: Carol Symphony

Conducted by James Kahane

PO100 Anniversary Concert 9.4.2022 3pm

Helsinki Music Centre, Mannerheimintie 13 A Helsinki

The program of the anniversary concert consists of musical styles and pieces that are important for the Polytech Orchestra. The concert begins with Danse macabre, the Dance of Death, which is a melodic tone poem by Camille Saint-Saëns. It is filled with wild musical joy in a waltz rhythm that also reminds us of the orchestra’s long tradition as a ballroom orchestra.

The romantic style also close to PO’s heart is represented beautifully in the second Piano Concerto by Sergei Rachmaninoff. In addition to the piano, the vast string sections of PO get their time to shine. Mackenzie Melemed, the internationally known winner of the Maj Lind Piano Competition, stars as the piano soloist.

The anniversary concert culminates in the massive first symphony by Gustav Mahler, also called “Titan”. The majestic tones and grandiose melodies offer the large orchestra a great opportunity to completely indulge in the power of music.

Camille Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No.2, soloist Mackenzie Melemed
Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.1

Conducted by James Kahane

Our dream is to get to play to a full Musiikkitalo and we really got to do it! Thank you!

Waputin Concert Ball 1.5.2022 5pm

Glo Hotel Art, Lönnrotinkatu 29 Helsinki

The slogan of Waputing has been already for a while "1st of May is a celebration for many, but only Waputin makes the celebration into an event!"

Waputin is a very traditional musical entertainment with an annually changing theme. It has been held since 1928, most often in the old technology student association building on Lönnrotinkatu (nowadays a hotel). The event starts with a concert that can't be called too serious: during the latest years the soloists have played e.g. a "hand trumpet", pan flute, and a vacuum cleaner. After the artsy part we move on to dancing both to classical and less classical music.

Humouristic concert with an annually changing theme
Dancing accompanied by the Polytech Orchestra, the Polytech Salon Orchestra, and Retuperän WBK

Conducted by James Kahane

The Waputin ticket (unfortunately normally only in Finnish) is a funny magazine that offers laughts before, after, and during the concert. The first magazne was published already in the 1920s and thus it can also be called the first technology student's 1st of May magazine.

The theme of Waputin 2022 is sports!

Tour to Lapland 27.–31.7.2022

28.7.2022 5pm at Ukko-Luosto outdoor stage, Sodankylä
29.7.2022 5pm at Sajos Hall, Inari

To celebrate the anniversary year we are going a bit further than normally. We have been invited to play at the Luosto Soi! festival and the theme of the festival is this year stories and myths. This is reflected in the program for the concerts.

Edvard Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No. 1
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2, as soloist in Sodankylä Martin Malmgren and in Inari Laura Heikkilä
Jean Sibelius: Saga

Conducted by James Kahane

Kullervo Concert 12.11.2022 3pm

Temppeliaukio Church, Lutherinkatu 3 Helsinki

We will perform the famous Kullervo together with Polyteknikkojen Kuoro for the first time! This concert is also part of the Teekkarius150 celebrations. According to the history books, the 3rd movement of Kullervo has been performed together in the TKK 150 Years Anniversary in January 1999, but this is the first time the whole piece is performed together.

Einojuhani Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus
Jean Sibelius: Kullervo, with the Polytech Choir and soloists Annika Leino and Joonas Orrain

Conducted by James Kahane. The choir rehearsals have been led by Saara Aittakumpu.

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.