Tours and festivals

Theo Bleckmann feat. Oulu Symphony Orchestra & UMO


09.11. 19.00

Kulttuuritalo (Helsinki)


Ed Partyka


Theo Bleckmann vocals
UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra
Oulu Symphony Orchestra

Concert program

The Night They Invented Champagne **
composer Frederick Loewe | lyrics Alan Jay Lerner | arrangement Fumio Yasuda

Luck Be a Lady **
composer & lyrics Frank Loesser | arrangement Fumio Yasuda

Chim Chim Cheree
composer & lyrics Robert B. Sherman, Richard M. Sherman | arrangement Fumio Yasuda

True Love
composer & lyrics Cole Porter | arrangement Fumio Yasuda

A Gal In Calico
composer & lyrics Arthur Schwartz, Leo Robin | arrangement Fumio Yasuda

My Favorite Things **
composer Richard Rodgers | lyrics Oscar Hammerstein II | arrangement Fumio Yasuda

Mack The Knife *
composer Kurt Weill | lyrics Bertolt Brecht, engl. Bobby Darin | arrangement Ed Partyka

Suspended in Gaffa **
composer & lyrics Kate Bush | arrangement Miho Hazama

Stayin’ Alive *
composer & lyrics Barry Gibb, Robin Gibb, Maurice Gibb | arrangement Artturi Rönkä

Running Up That Hill *
composer & lyrics Kate Bush | arrangement Artturi Rönkä

Take My Life **
composer & lyrics Theo Bleckmann | arrangement Miho Hazama

* new arrangement
** new orchestration

Vocal chameleon and composer Theo Bleckmann has successfully balanced styles from classical to jazz, inventing his own distinct voice along the way. Bleckmann will be the soloist in concerts with the Oulu Symphony Orchestra and the UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra in November both in Oulu and Helsinki. Ed Partyka, UMO’s chief conductor and artistic director, is conducting the special ensemble of more than 50 members.

The concerts feature jazz standards and beloved pop and musical classics with strings from Frank Sinatra to Glenn Miller and Cole Porter and from Kate Bush to the Bee Gees. Most of the repertoire is arranged by the Japanese composer and pianist Fumio Yasuda. Also, one of the most celebrated composers and arrangers of the moment, Miho Hazama, is writing re-orchestrations for these special concerts.

Arrangers: Fumio Yasuda, Miho Hazama, Artturi Rönkä, Ed Partyka


Duration about 2 h (incl. intermission)

Tickets 35 € adult / 29 € pensioner / 19 € student, unemployed, child (3–17 yrs)
Free entry to the Oulu concert for Kaikukortti holders (limited amount, must be purchased in advance from Oulu10 service point).

Prices include service fee. Order fee 2 €/order when bought from Ticketmaster shops or 1,50 €/order when bought from Ticketmaster online shop will be added, excluding tickets purchased at Madetoja Hall ticket booth and Kaikukortti-tickets.


UMO Helsinki Jazz Orchestra is the only professional orchestra in Finland specialised in jazz and new rhythm-oriented music. The big band of 16 musicians plays about 100 concerts every year in Finland and abroad. The orchestra plays a diverse range of modern music that is on the pulse of the times. The programme consists from jazz to soul and classical music, mixing old and new in surprising way, from children to senior citizens.

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