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Vaasa City Orchestra, established in 1930, has 31 musicians. It works and performs in the Vaasa City Hall, right in the centre of Vaasa. From January 2016 has James Lowe been the chief conductor of the orchestra.
Vaasa City Orchestra takes into account different sorts of target audiences. In addition to the traditional concerts the orchestra produces regularly school concert tours in Vaasa and its neighboring municipalities. A free of charge senior concert is organized every year for elderly people. In autumn 2015 the senior concert was broadcasted in real-time to nursing homes and the City Hospital in Vaasa.
In addition to giving concerts of its own, the Vaasa City Orchestra has appeared at various festivals (the Ilmajoki Music Festival, Korsholm Music Festival and Lohtaja Church Music Festival). It collaborates with the Vaasa Opera Foundation and Vaasa City Theatre and regularly appears in concert with the Seinäjoki City Orchestra. Joint concerts have also been held with the Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, the Umeå Symphony Orchestra and the Pori Sinfonietta. Together with the Jyväskylä Sinfonia the Vaasa City Orchestra is also the orchestra for the Jorma Panula Conducting Competition.
Since 2012 Vaasa City Orchestra has organized the International Jorma Panula Conducting Competition together with the Viljo and Maire Vuorio Foundation.
The Vaasa City Orchestra has been on tour to Cyprus, Italy, Norway, Sweden, USA and Iceland.
Vaasa City Orchestra is involved in the international Jorma Panula conducting course every spring. This year the course is organized 15th–20th May 2017. Contact general manager Merja Tyynelä for further information.
Welcome to join us in the spring season 2017!