Keywords: musical, performance, secondary school
Roles: composer coach, band leader, arranger, post-production sound mixer

One of the biggest music projects I’ve ever been involved in is Lento (“Flight”). It’s a musical created and performed by Kallio Upper Secondary School of Performing Arts with ten shows at Savoy Theatre in Helsinki on 24–28th April 2017.

“Elli” (Kreetta Kiviniemi) flying. Photo by Siiri Sainio.

The musical tells a story of a 6-year old girl who loses her brother, how she tries to find him again and how people around deal with their grief. Despite the serious topic the musical has a lot energy and humour. The script is written by Emilia Lehtinen, an author and documentarist who also teaches film making in Kallio.

I had multiple roles in the musical. I coached the composer team of 15 students who received lyrics from the author in August 2016 and turned them into nine songs with different pre-suggested genres. I also led the orchestra of 14 students who started their rehearsals in October after receiving (almost) finished songs from the composers. I made most of the arrangements for both the orchestra and singers. Afterwards I mixed the sound for two multi-camera live video recordings of the show.

Lento engaged over hundred students and reached over 4000 spectators. It was also a part of Finland’s official centenary celebrations.

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