Vantaa Pops Orchestra

Vantaa Pops Orchestra

The Vantaa Pops Orchestra has 65 professional players. Its conductor and Artistic Director since 1988 to 2009 was Markku Johansson, under whom it has profiled itself as the only symphonic line-up in Finland specialising light music. Its roots do, however, stretch back more than half a century to 1948, when it went by the name of the Tikkurila Orchestral Society.

The Orchestra has so far released 16 albums in all, one of which (Varastetut helmet, 1998) has qualified for a Finnish platinum and one (Joulun ihme, 2001) for a gold. The lastest record "Let's Face the Music" was released in February 2014. Orchestra's home is the Cultural House Martinus in Vantaa and it frequently tours to other parts of Finland. Concert productions by the Vantaa Pops are televisioned regularly.

Members of the orchestra can also be heard in the most varied of smaller ensembles, from jazz quartets to a salon orchestra. The Vantaa Pops also performs classical repertoire to order, in which case it calls itself the Vantaa Orchestra.

 

2014
Vantaa Pops Orchestra
Let's Face the Music
Nick Davies
Johanna Försti ja Sami Pitkämö, laulu
Jukka Eskola, trumpetti
Berlin: Let's Face the Music
Ashford/Simpson: Ain't no Mountain High Enough
Aznavour/Krezmer: She
Marin: El Cumbanchero
Sinatra Film Suite
Ahbez: Nature Boy
Holland/Ashford/Simpson: I Can't Give Back the Love
Gershwin: Girl Crazy Overture
Fruth/Hennessey: November Song
Baccarach/David: Casino Royale
Hamlisch: Nobody Does It Better
Walden/Cohen: Licence to Kill
Adele/Pott/Epworth: Skyfall
VVOCD02
2008
Vantaa Pops Orchestra
Markku Johansson
Mari Palo, Anneli Saaristo, Jorma Hynninen
Tähtiä ja Timantteja
M. Johansson: Tähtiä ja timantteja
J. Gade-M. Johansson: Jealousy
M. Johansson: Light of Stars
G. Malmsten-M. Johansson: Erokirje heilille
T. Koivusalo-M. Johnasson: Ruskan värit (Anneli Saaristo)
T. Koivusalo-M. Johasson: Mikä kerran on ollut (Anneli Saaristo)
trad-M. Johansson: Säkkijärven polkka
M. Johansson: Blue Dreams
V. Monti- M.J. Isaac: Csardas
C.A. Bixio-R. Helismaa-M. Johansson: Viulut yössä (Jorma Hynninen)
J. Armandola-R. Helismaa-M. Johansson: Sininen huvimaja (Jorma Hynninen)
M. Ponce-C. Milner: Estrellita
M. Johansson: Satin Strings
E. Hurme-M. Johansson: Valoa ikkunassa
R. Somerjoki-Laine&Niemi: Valot (Mari Palo)
E. Helasvuo-M. Rankkala: Tuli mies (Mari Palo)
H. Ritter: Polka in moll
J. Vainio-M. Johansson: Albatrossin matkassa (Sikermä Juha Vainion lauluja)
K. Chydenius-M. Johansson: Sinua, sinua rakastan
M. Johansson: Star Bridge March
Warner&Chappell 50-51442-8890-2-4
2006
Vantaa Pops Orchestra
Markku Johansson
Mari Palo, sopraano
Petri Bäckström, tenori
Vantaa musiikkiopiston Lapsikuoro Lauriina, valm. Jonna Salminen
Joulun hohde
Rekiretki, Avaruus, Kun vuodet kiirehtää, Joulu joka päivä, Joulun hohde, Joulu tullut on, Entisajan joulu, Joulun tähti - sikermä, Tonttu, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, Tanssiva lumiukko, Christmas Festival, Walkin in the Air - elokuvasta Lumiukko
CD-OCTO 412-2
2005
Vantaa Pops Orchestra
Vantaa Pops parade
Kaksipäisen kotkan varjossa
VVOCD01, ARTISTAC D 022
2004
Vantaa Pops Orchestra
Markku Johansson
Mamba
The New Kallio Horns
Vantaan viihdeorkesterin jouset
DVD-levy
Warner 5050467-6197-2-2
Address
Martinlaaksontie 36
FI-01620 Vantaa
www.viihdeorkesteri.fi
info[at]viihdeorkesteri.fi
010 292 1400

Principal Conductor
Nick Davies

Conductor Laureate
Markku Johansson

Artistic Partner
Lauri Porra

General Manager
Janne Rönnbäck
+358 400 780 770

Library / office
Paula Tuukkanen
+358 40 524 0680

Producer
Jane Manninen
+358 40 820 7858

Technical Manager
Riku Malinen
+358 40 524 1407

Stage Manager
Matti Tähkävuori
+358 540 594 9275

Founded 1948

Size 65 musicians

Concert venues
Cultural House Martinus, 438+6 seats

Tickets
www.ticketmaster.fi