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 2023 

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Thursday, 26 January Lappeenranta Hall 19:00

Leader Marzi Nyman

 The programme includes compositions and arrangements by Marzi Nyman, such as Piano Quintet, Wind Quintet, Finlandia, Studwater, Rakkaani, Outo tyttö

 Tickets 20 €



In cooperation with the music classes of Lappeenranta Music Institute and Kimpinen School

Wednesday, 8 February Lapeenranta Hall 19:00 Leader Erkki Lasonpalo

Programme: Mauri Sumén: Ritmo Animale

Tickets 20 €



Thursday, 16 February Lappeenranta Hall 19:00

Leader Erkki Lasonpalo

Soloist Bence Bogányi, bassoon


Jean Françaix: Bassoon Concerto

Paul Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, arr. Iain Farrington

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 in E minor, arr. George Morton

Tickets 30/21€


Oskar Merikanto: Ooppera Elinan surma (opera The Death of Elina)
In cooperation with the South Savo Music, Theatre and Opera Association (ESMO) and Mikkeli City Orchestra



Thursday, 23 March Lappeenranta Hall 19:00

Leader Erkki Lasonpalo

Soloist Elias Lassfolk, violin


Minna Leinonen: Kaarne

Jean Sibelius: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op. 47 and Symphony No. 3 in C major, Op. 52

Tickets 30/21€



Wednesday, 29 March Lappeenranta Hall 19:00

Leader Tibor Bogányi

Soloist Hiyoli Togawa, viola


Ferenc Farkas: Lavotta suite

Bohuslav Martinu: Rhapsody-Concerto

Johannes Brahms: Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11

Tickets 30/21€


PÄÄSIÄISKONSERTTI – c-molli Messu (EASTER CONCERT – Great Mass in C minor)

Wednesday, 5 April Lappeenranta Hall 19:00

Leader Erkki Lasonpalo

South Karelian Classical Choir


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Great Mass in C minor, KV 427

Tickets 25 €



Friday, 14 April Lappeenranta Hall 19:00

Leader Antti Rissanen

Soloists Karoliina Kallio and Kyösti Mäkimattila

The Days of Glitter contains nostalgia for years gone by. Kyösti Mäkimattila interprets the repertoire of great Finnish male singers, including Kari Tapio, Olavi Virta and Tapani Kansa.

Karoliina Kallio, for her part, dusts off some hits by well-known female artists.

Liput 30/21 €



Wednesday 26 April Lappeenranta Hall 19:00

Leader Maria Itkonen


Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 3 in D major

Gustav Holst: St Paul’s Suite in C major, Op. 29, No. 2

Dmitri Shostakovich: Jazz Suite, arr. Iain Farrington

Maurice Ravel: Ma Mere l’Oye ’Mother Goose’, arr. Iain Farrington

Tickets 30/21€



Thursday, 4 May The South Karelia Museum 19:00

City Orchestra’s ensembles

Lily-Marlene Pusepp, harp


Claude Debussy: Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp        

Maurice Ravel: Introduction and Allegro

Tommi Hyytinen: Restless Longing

Nino Rota: Quintetto

Tickets 30/21€

KEVÄÄN ÄÄNIÄ (Sounds of Spring)

Thursday, 11 May Lappeenranta Hall 19:00

Leader Erkki Lasonpalo

Soloist Seppo Kantonen, piano


Max Savikangas: Concerto for Keyboard, first performance

Gustav Holst: The Planets, arr. George Morton

Tickets 30/21€



Thursday, 25 May Lappeenranta Hall 19:00

Leader Erkki Lasonpalo

Soloist Waltteri Torikka, baritone

Gustav Mahler: Kindertotenlieder and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: opera arias

Tickets: 38 €

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.


“Symphonic sessions and ecstatic medleys” Lappeenranta City Orchestra’s spring season 2023 starts in January

Milko Vesalainen, intendant of Lappeenranta City Orchestra, welcomes the audience to the concerts of spring 2023 with the following words: “The winter landscape will be replaced by the delicacy of spring when you open up our instrumental music box by coming to our concerts.”  In the spring of 2023, Lappeenranta City Orchestra will perform a total of 12 concerts. 

The first concert of January,
Talvinen kuu (Winter Moon) (19.1.), will bring winds from Norway to Lappeenranta. The concert will feature Norwegian violinist Kolbjørn Holthe as the soloist and will include, among other things, two lyrical pieces by Edvard Grieg. The January offering will continue with Marzi-meininkiä (Marzi Spirit) (26.1.). Under the direction of the legendary guitarist Marzi Nyman, the concert will feature both Finlandia and Nyman’s own compositions.

In February, Lappeenranta Hall will be filled with young musicians when the Ritmo Animale concert (8.2.) is held in collaboration with music students from Kimpinen School and Lappeenranta Music Institute. The title piece of the concert is composed by Mauri Sumén. February will continue with Ystävyyden juhlaa (Celebration of Friendship) (16.2.), with Hungarian-born Bence Bogányi playing the bassoon as the solo instrument. The concert will culminate in Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No 5.

In March, the music of Sibelius will be played (23.3.) with our orchestra’s concertmaster Elias Lassfolk as the soloist. The concert, conducted by Erkki Lasonpalo, will feature music by another Finnish composer in addition to Sibelius: Minna Leinonen’s work Kaarne. Conductor Tibor Boganyi, familiar to Lappeenranta audiences, will conduct the Kohtaamisia (Encounters) concert (29.3.) with the outstanding violist Hiyoli Togawa as the soloist.

In March, our orchestra will also perform as part of the Saimaa Sinfonietta ensemble together with the Mikkeli City Orchestra. Oskar Merikanto’s opera “Elinan surma” (The Death of Elina), performed in Mikkeli and Savonlinna, will complete our own concert programme. 

April will start with the traditional Easter concert (5.4.). We will perform Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor together with the South Karelia Classical Choir conducted by Erkki Lasonpalo. April will also continue with singing, when Päivien kimallus (Days of Glitter) (14.4.), led by Antti Rissanen, will bring the popular singers Karoliina Kallio and Kyösti Mäkimattila to the stage. The month will culminate in the Toivotut (Requested) concert (26.4.), with Maria Itkonen at the helm. The concert will include pieces by such composers as Shostakovich and Ravel. 

In early May, there will be a concert at the South Karelia Museum. In addition to the brass quintet of our city orchestra, harpist Lily-Marlene Pusepp will bring some Kepeää klassista (Light Classical) to the museum (4.5.). Kevään ääniä (Sounds of Spring) (11.5.) will be performed by pianist Seppo Kantonen. The concert will feature the premiere of Max Savikangas’ Kosketinsoitinkonsertto (Concerto for Keyboard). The season will culminate when Waltteri Torikka and Mozart’s opera arias lead us to Kesälaitumille (Summer Pastures) (25.5.).

“The scale of imagination and emotion is limitless as the orchestra and its soloists light up and interact with their audience, creating a stronger bond of community through the music at hand. We look forward to seeing you!”