Lento (“Flight”) was a musical by Kallio Upper Secondary School of Performing Arts with ten shows at Savoy Theatre in Helsinki on 24–28th April 2017.

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 to be released in the mid-June.

Lento with over hundred students was one of the biggest music projects I have been involved in. It reached over 4000 spectators and was a part of Finland’s official centenary celebrations.

Photo by Siiri Sainio

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