Anna Airola & UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra – The Nutcracker Suite & Tale

Fri 13.12.2024
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18:00 Showtime
Doors open at 17:30. Duration 70 minutes, no intermission.
Conductor Ed Partyka
Ticketmaster.fi: Standard 35 € Retirees 30 € Students, unemployed, servicemen, kids (under 18 years) 15 €
Fri 13.12.2024
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20:30 Showtime
Doors open at 20. Duration 70 minutes, no intermission.
Conductor Ed Partyka
Ticketmaster.fi: Standard 35 € Retirees 30 € Students, unemployed, servicemen, kids (under 18 years) 15 €

Storyteller: Anna Airola
Music: UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra

The Nutcracker, the most enchanting jazz fairy tale of Christmas, which enchanted sold-out venues last Christmas, is coming again! The storyteller is Anna Airola, the music is provided by the UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra led by conductor Ed Partyka.

UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra plays Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s jazz arrangement of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, The Nutcracker. Beloved actress Anna Airola brings the story to life and reads the fairy tale written by E.T.A. Hoffmann about the Christmas night adventure of the Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Note! The fairy tale will be read in Finnish.

Glittering winter forests, an enchanted marzipan castle, toys that miraculously come alive… The Nutcracker Tale is full of magic and exciting twists! The plot of The Nutcracker, one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous and acclaimed ballets, is based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s Christmas story. The ballet was premiered in December 1892 at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, and in 1960 Ellington and Strayhorn arranged and recorded their own interpretation of the beloved piece. The jazz adaptation has in recent years become a UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra’s Christmas tradition, which is now spiced up with a fairy tale.

Let yourself be carried away by the fairy tale – and jazz!

Doors open 30 minutes before the showtime. Duration c. 70 min, no intermission. The concert is suitable for the whole family, but especially with the smallest concertgoers, we recommend preparing for loud volumes with earmuffs or plugs.

Anna Airola (b. 1994) is a popular and award-winning actress hailing from Kokkola. Airola, who graduated from the Theatre Academy in 2022, has been chosen as the Best TV Actress of the Year and awarded with the Kultainen Venla prize for her role as Oona in Yle’s Aikuiset series. Airola, who grew up in a musical family, sings in the Ykspihlajan kino-orkesteri and has played tenor horn as well.

Photo of Anna Airola: Ilkka Saastamoinen
Illustration: Luova toimisto Pilke