Back in Lahti for Swingin’ on Broadway (and a refreshing dip!)

February 12, 2010 in Blog, Live Streams

As I type this we are about to go back to Sibelius Hall for our third and final concert of Swingin’ on Broadway with the Lahti Sinfonia and Big Band in Finland. I think this is my fifth time here with the wonderful orchestra and it’s great to be with conductor Rod Dunk and singer Emma Kershaw for this concert – the orchestral version of the album I recorded a couple of years ago. It’s a real treat to hear some of those arrangements on the CD expanded for full orchestra, like Always Look on the Bright Side of Life and Surrey With A Fringe On Top. 

The last few times I’ve been here I’ve indulged in the local pastime of ice swimming. The temperature was a little lower this time, minus 13 outside and the water was zero (or minus zero as the sign said!) It was bloody cold as you can see for yourself on this little video clip.





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  1. Hi,
    and thank you for the wonderful concert here in Lahti!
    It was a relaxing and refreshing experience after the
    busy week at work. The atmosphere was very full of feeling and elegant.
    It was also nice to meet you and change a few words with you during the pause of the concert.That doesn´t happen here very often,that the solists come to meet their audience. Good for you! :o)
    Hope we will see you and hear your marvellous voice soon again here in Lahti.At the meantime I´m lucky to have your CD to enjoy.
    All good wishes to you!
    Maarit Raitala

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